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The past 30 days in technology for development

Straight outta Tajikstan

Hey Folks. Quick site announcement.  I'm very pleased to introduce to the site Alanna Shaikh.

Ungana's Emphasis on Education

The Ungana Foundation has been working tirelessly this month on a multitude of projects.  The hard work that the associates have been exerting towards the goals of this organization can be seen in the many recent successes Ungana has experienced.

Emphasis on Education

The Ungana Foundation has been working tirelessly this month on a multitude of projects.  The hard work that the associates have been exerting towards the goals of this organization can be seen in the many recent successes Ungana has experienced. 

Rape has not yet ended in DR Congo

The estimable Eve Ensler has been doing yeo(wo)man's work in calling attention to the horrific use of rape as a weapon of war in eastern DR Congo. Yesterday she wrote a forceful op-ed in The Washington Post on the subject, criticizing the UN for not doing more to implement a historic resolution passed by the Security Council last year that officially designates rape a war crime.

If in Ecuador at the end of the month...

The Science and Technology Division of the Inter-American Development Bank invites the public to a seminary/workshop on Technology and Economic Inclusion: What new opportunities does technology offer to favor economic inclusion, especially to those individuals with disabilities?
When: July 24Where: Dann Carlton Hotel, Quito, EcuadorRSVP: Miss Diana Andrade [email protected]

If a coup falls in Niger, does it make a sound?

Judging by the relative silence in western media, nary a peep does it make.   But there are some striking similarities between the unfolding situations in Honduras and Niger. To wit:
Country A) Elected President wants to serve beyond the limits of his constitutionally mandated term. Country B)  Elected President wants to serve beyond the limits of his constitutionally mandated term.  
Country A) Elected President wants to hold a referendum  to change the constitution  Country B) Elected President wants to hold a referendum  to change the constitution 

She's Slow and She Always Will Be: The Transformation of One South African XO User

One girl from Mmaweshi named Monica has really impressed me this year. Last year we worked very diligently with every student on an individual basis to make sure that they would completely understand how to use the laptop before our three weeks were over. There were a few students who had a very hard time learning to use the laptop and were way behind the rest of the class. It seemed like no matter how hard we tried these few students just didn’t get it. At first we thought it was a translation issue so we asked the teachers to help translate the directions we were giving.

Project Infrastructure and Environment

OLPC recently posed some questions about the infrastructure and environment of our project and asked us to post our responses to our blog. Here is the information, mostly describing the schools that we are working in:

Mike and I at Ned's about to jump/ climb in the ocean.

Mike and I at Ned's about to jump/ climb in the ocean.

Mike and I with members of the University of Indiana team

Mike and I with members of the University of Indiana team

The group at the beach with the One Laptop Per Child logo drawn

The group at the beach with the One Laptop Per Child logo drawn on the sand

Back on Track...Kindof

6/29/2009Chill day.... We all woke up and went to the beach. I didn't really feel like swimming again so I just went in to Omali Lodge and hung out and got up to date on news. After that, we went out to lunch and then went home. Later on, Ashley, Danielle and Corey gave a XO lesson to two kids as a trial run. It went pretty well. A pretty non eventful day.6/30/2009

A Day in the Life #2

June 31, 20096:50am- Wake up, get ready for the day.7:15am- Pack the car with fully charged laptops, plug in laptops that have a low battery so that they can charge while we are at our morning camp session- we did not have time to charge enough laptops to last us the whole day last night, so we will have to make a stop back at Thusanang after our first session to pick up the laptops that we plug in now. (The laptop batteries last for about 3 hours, and we hold 6 hours of camp, so we can’t use the same laptops all day.)

Morning Coffee - 1 July 2009

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UN CONDEMNS HONDURAS COUP
The UN General Assembly voted unanimously yesterday to condemn last weekend's military coup in Honduras. The resolution called upon Honduras to restore democratically-elected president Mel Zelaya to power. The military's pretext for removing Mr. Zelaya was that he planned to hold a non-binding referendum on exploring the end of term limits. Like the U.S. and Mexico, Honduras uses term limits to check executive power.

Honduran President at the UN: "the blood of Jesus Christ will protect me."

A clip of Honduras President Manuel Zelaya at the United Nations yesterday afternoon.  He is due in Washington, D.C. today. 

Seeking a Ray of Sunshine

"No ray of sunshine is ever lost but the green that it awakens to life needs time to sprout,and it is not always givento the sower to live to see the harvest.All work worth anything is done by faith."-Albert SchweitzerAfter reading an article describing the urgent need for physicians in the French Congo, Albert Scheitzer, at age 30,  told his family that he wanted to study medicine in order to become a physician for those suffering in Africa.

Not out of hot water yet, Bashir

As if being indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity was just a lukewarm bath...But prosecutors are going to go for the full boil -- a charge of genocide -- again, as the ICC will re-hear evidence for the crime that it declined back in its original March ruling.

Twitter Chat on Mobile Tech for Social Change

The next installment of the monthly Twitter-based #SocEntChat (short for Social Entrepreneurship Chat) conversations is happening on Wednesday, July 1, from 4-6pm US EDT (GMT-4), and is focusing on mobile innovation. Taking place a week after a “Cell Phone Technology for Social Good” event in Nairobi co-hosted by Ashoka and the Lemelson Foundation the discussion will explore the opportunities and possibilities of mobile technologies to bring about change.

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