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South-south technology transfer: criteria for evaluation of public policies in the BRICS countries

This Policy Brief reviews the existing literature concerned with analytical and conceptual models to evaluate technology transfer (TT) practices in cooperation projects, aiming at contributing to the formulation of effective public policies for the technological development in the BRICS countries.

A fine balance: mapping cyber (in)security in Latin America

Cyber-security is emerging as a dominant area of concern amongst many governments and civil societies across Latin America. Although the existence of cyberspace is already generating a massive evolution in all aspects of life, it is extending the reach of organised crime across time and space.

New technologies for improving old public security challenges in Nairobi

This paper maps out the digital environment shaping public security in selected informal settlements of Nairobi. In particular, the paper considers the diverse ways in which information communication technologies (ICTs) are being adopted by Kenyan police in informal settlements.

Catching the virtual bus: ICT for augmenting rural livelihoods

Whereas plenty of literature is available on the technical aspects of watershed development and other livelihood strategies in India, not much has been written on the institutional aspects, entrepreneurial strategies or the role of ICT.  ICTs offer tremendous potential for strengthening rural livelihoods and diversifying the rural economy.

Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains

It is estimated that only 20% of populations in most developing countries have access to formal financial services, and in Africa only 4% of the total population have a bank account while only 1% of Africans have a loan or credit facility with a formal financing institution.

Using Information and Communication Technology to spport women's entrepreneurship in Central and West Asia

For micro and small enterprises, the use of ICT has led not only to better business performance but also better living conditions. It can also be particularly effective in loosening constraints on women in enterprise development. However, women lag behind men in access to technology and use ICT differently. Understanding why can help leverage ICT to help women’s businesses.

In the fast lane: innovations in digital finance

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) poses many challenges to financial inclusion: basic infrastructure is relatively underdeveloped, populations are still very rural and therefore widely dispersed, and a large proportion of the population (48.5%) lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day.

AMA ‘Aponjon’ Formative Research Report

The Aponjon initiative (meaning close one/dear one) was launched under the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action in December 2012 after a formative research phase.

K4Health guide to conducting needs assessments

This guide is designed to aid the assessment of information needs among individuals working at different levels of the health system; to share lessons learned and tips for various methodologies; and to provide tools that can be used or adapted in future assessments.