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The past 30 days in technology for development

Missions look to SMS in Nigeria

This is the eighth in our series of FrontlineSMS guest posts. Here, Mike Blyth - Computer Systems Coordinator at Serving in Mission (SIM) - discusses their use of the software among missions operating in central Nigeria

Here’s a US development program working – stop it immediately!

by William Easterly and Laura Freschi

“[O]pen trade and international investment are the surest and fastest ways for Africa to make progress,” President Bush said when he signed an extension to the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in 2004. Originally signed into law in 2000, AGOA removes US quotas and duties for thousands of products coming from some 40 sub-Saharan African countries.

Task v. Relationship

Greetings all, this is my first post and my first blog ever! I guess a synopsis of today's activities related to the OLPC project is in order... At noon was Michael and I last group meeting with the OLPC team and the GSLIS team.

Making Uruguay's 300,000 Laptops Count - Part I

Engineering a single laptop to serve the educational needs of young students throughout the developing world is no easy feat. Designers at MIT's Media Lab needed to keep the cost of the machine well below $200, and yet it required many of the same features that owners of traditional laptops have come to expect: a wireless internet connection, USB ports, a color display, a built-in webcam, and a processor powerful enough to record and render video files.

Results are in -- Comparing Twitter Discussion Results with Blogs, Radio & Newspaper

The upcoming Twitter discussion I blogged about on June 1 (see below) took place last Wednesday, here's my top impressions:

First, you can see the full transcript here, posted by the event sponsor Ashoka. Its nice to have a transcript packaged, though you can also see it all by searching Twitter on hash tag #SocEntChat.

Nomad Green: Web Herders who Guard Mongolian Environment(1)

I am writing a series of posts about Nomad Green's workshops from 5/4-5/14 in Ulaanbaatar. This post is the first of them.

“They burn used tires just to get warm?” I asked.
“You have no idea how cold it is in Mongolia's winter” Boum replied.

As a Taiwanese living all of my life in this humid and hot island, I've never imagined that one day I would visit Mongolia, make dozens of friends there, and share their concerns about their crumbling mother land.

A New Era of Human Rights Advocacy

In our globalized world - where a single trip to the gas pump or supermarket is also an ethical decision which reveals our concern (or lack thereof) for the welfare of individuals and environments in other countries - it is readily apparent why we would need a global moral code to help guide our actions and their far-reaching repercussions.

Drop-In Center: Will Controlling Meds Cause More Harm?

Pavel Kutsev.
Rising Voices grantee Drop-In Center continues to discuss issues that impact people living with a drug addiction. On his Web blog, the organization's leader, Pavel Kutsev, reacted to the Ukrainian government's recent decision to tighten rules concerning medications that can be used by drug users to mitigate the abstinence syndrome (also known as drug withdrawal).

Rebuilding Together in Alexandria

For the second year in a row, Forum One participated in Rebuilding Together Alexandria's National Rebuilding Day.

IREX staffer Haratounian wrongly imprisoned for spying in Iran

While much of the US media has focused on the recent release of Roxana Saberi after being falsely accused of spying in Iran, other cases similar remain unresolved. Silva Haratounian was working in Iran on behalf of the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), which focuses on international education, academic research, professional training and technical assistance.

EWAMT-Yemen: First Workshop On Blogging Completed

Last month we introduced Ghaida'a Al Absi's project Empowerment of Yemeni Women Activists in New Media Techniques which will train a number of women activists of Yemen in collaboration with the Hand in Hand Initiative. It is one of the latest grantees of Rising Voices.

Government 2.0 and the web - what works, what doesn't, and why

We are excited about the upcoming June 4 event, "Beyond the Hype: Government 2.0 for Decision Makers," where we will hear from a great lineup of speakers about innovative ways government agencies are using the web. Click here to register.


Background of Ngoma Primary School This project is for the benefit of the grade 5 and 6 learners at Ngoma Primary School, a public school in Northeastern Namibia, with English as medium of instruction. This rural school is located approximately 1300 km from Windhoek (the capital of Namibia) and has electricity. Ngoma is a border post between Namibia and Botswana.

The First Step

On Thursday 20/05/09, we started our first training course in  blogging and social network. The team went to All Girls Association in order to prepare the training hall,  hang the banner, check the PCs and ofcourse we did not forget to prepare the break. 

We recieved 14 activists to have the blogging training. We started at 9:00 am. Each trainer talked about her self.
In the First day of training we covered the following topics
1- Creation of blogs in blogger
2- Morals of blogging
3- How to fame the blog

The Faces of International Development

The Society for International Development has done it again! Earlier this month, I attended their tremendous annual conference with notable and unforgettable speakers that make you leave the glimmering chandeliers in DC's Omni Shoreham ballroom thinking to yourself, what more needs to be done in international development? How can the end goals be achieved?

Widgetized Health Coverage Reform News

As the health reform debate heats up, here's a new way to stay on top of the most relevant news and opinion from major newspapers and other media outlets. Check out this web widget that you can embed on your own site or blog.

The news items are updated weekly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Cover The Uninsured staff. Simply click on "Get Widget" and copy the code into your blog, Facebook profile, or other site.

Computer Aid International

REPACTED has been awarded 25 computers from computer AID Internation in UK and all the computers are Pentium Fours fully installed and with Cables, we are planning to use this computers to start a digital center in Nakuru and enhance the use of online tools by young people we ae fundraising around 2080 Sterling Pounds for shipping them to Kenya we will appreciate any help given.
Kind Regards

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