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An analytical paper on the Botswana Speaks project titled “Inclusive Innovation in Governance: Critical reflections from Botswana” by Somya Joshi, Kheira Belkacem, Vasilis Koulolias and Vasso Zalavra was accepted for the 19th UKAIS Conference on Information Systems in Oxford, UK. It will be presented by Somya Joshi on 9 April. 

This paper will be reworked in line with peer-reviewed comments and additional end user data that has come in during March 2014, to be submitted to a top journal in the field of ICT4D.

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The ICT for Development (ICT4D) conference organised by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) kicked off on March 25th, 2014 in Nairobi, the second time the meeting comes to Kenya. The theme of the 4-day meeting is "Building Resilience through Innovation."

The conference was aimed at showcasing the use of ICT in relief and development efforts and will focus on the ways in which technology enables resilience by supporting developing communities to reduce vulnerabilities and coming up with ways that promote the health and well-being of its members.

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Ready to use toolkit

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A ready to use toolkit was created following the validation of the platform. It includes:

·      A version of the latest software used, ready for installation.

·      General documentation for the software.

·      Training modules on Initiative Planning / Initiative Implementation.

·      Training material on Marketing, and relevant promotional material in editable versions.

 

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This tool kit aims at interested local, regional, national African institutions that plan to initiate, implement or finance initiatives to foster participative models towards decision-making who can use it to evaluate, plan and manage those initiatives. 

The link to the toolkit will be available soon.

 

 

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According to the article published on ITNews Africa website, more than ever before, Africans are turning to ICT-supported learning to grow their economies. In 2013, the eLearning Africa Report found that 40% of African technology-assisted learning professionals were using ICTs specifically for skills training, up from 18% the previous year.

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DEMO-Africa has released the dates for the third annual DEMO Africa to be held between September 22 - 26, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria. The series of events will be hosted in collaboration with the Nigeria Federal Ministry of ICT, the [email protected] Partnership, VC4Africa, and Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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Rwanda has made major strides toward achieving gender equality in information and communication technology, thanks to the numerous awareness campaigns and other programmes in the country.

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The Cofimvaba Schools District Technology Project, which introduces tablets for teaching and learning in Eastern Cape rural schools, has so far shown the potential to be implemented in other South African provinces.

This is according to Merryl Ford, programme manager for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Tech4Red project, which distributes tablets to teachers and learners.

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ICT stakeholders are set for a major digital exposition, aimed at bridging the huge gap between the rate of innovations and their adoption, which threatens the fast developing local industry.

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7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres

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According to an article published on ICTworks, as those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities (e.g. Telecentres) is how to ensure sufficient sustainability, organizational stability and programmatic flexibility to allow for survival once the immediate round of funding which helped them launch, runs out.

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Fresh in from Kampala…

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According to an article published on the eLearning Africa News Portal,  few months from now, delegates from all over Africa and the world will convene in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss and share the very best in African ICT, education and innovation at eLearning Africa.

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Mobile East Africa 2014 opens in Nairobi, Wednesday

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It is all systems go for the fourth Mobile East Africa, which gets underway on Wednesday.

According to an article published on BizTechAfrica, Former Kenya’s Permanent Secretary of Information and Communication Dr. Bitange Ndemo and mobile expert Tomi Ahonen will grace the three-day interactive mobile-focused meeting which opens in Nairobi on Wednesday.

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According to an article published on allAfrica.com, Kenya's Information Technology market is expected to be worth Sh85 billion in the next two years compared to Sh64 billion by the end of 2013. According to Technology, Media and Telecommunication Predictions report by Deloitte, this was highly driven by continued investment in the market and rise in demand for IT solutions.

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Although the pilot phase of the initiative was originally scheduled until 10th December 2013, it has been extended until the end of February 2014. Moreover, a final workshop will be organised with eGovlab, Honourable Member of Parliament and the Team in the Parliament in Gaborone in February 2014 to gather impressions and feedback from the pilot phase, and to discuss the sustainability of the project after the pilot.

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10 exciting African gaming start-ups to watch

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There is no doubt that the worldwide gaming industry is huge – so large in fact, that it generates more revenue than Hollywood. According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, while development studios in the rest of the world have been producing mobile, PC and console games for many decades, Africa seems to be the youngest player in the market.

With that in mind, IT News Africa profiles the leading players on the African gaming scene.

1. Kunle Ogungbamila – Kuluya

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According to the article published on the website AllAfrica.com, MTN Nigeria, the telecommunications firm, has clinched a major deal with Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT) and local technology firm, NetLink Limited, to deliver information and communications technology (ICT) solutions across the country.

The solution will be provided on a broad range of advanced ICT services that are billed to be available to the private and public sector in the near future.

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According to the article published on IT News Africa website, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications Technology Omobola Johnson revealed that if Nigeria achieves its targets of a five-fold increase in broadband penetration by 2017, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) could increase the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 3%.

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136 Kenyan campuses now connected

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According to an article published on BizTechAfrica, the Government of Kenya through the ICT Authority has officially launched a network that connects 136 University Campuses across the country through a $22.5 million grant. The funding, extended by the government in the course of the last five years, was channelled through the Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET), which is a National Research and Education Network set up in 1999 to promote the use of ICT in Teaching, Learning and Research in Higher Education Institutions in Kenya.

 

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Top World Bank EduTech Blog Posts of 2013

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These ate the Top World Bank EduTech Blog Posts of 2013 according to a World Bank group EduTech blog post:

10. A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs + Citizens’ Monitoring of the Education Sector in the Philippines
There are a *lot* of innovative usage models and approaches emerging as a result of the application of information and communication technologies in places and circumstances for which they (until recently, perhaps) have not really been explicitly designed. These two posts provide quick peaks into some of these sorts of models and approaches being developed in response to local needs and contexts in places like the Philippines and the West African nation of Burkina Faso. These are perhaps not traditionally thought of as the sorts of places where one should look to see the cutting edge of technology use. Might/should such 'traditions' be changing?

9. Calculating the costs of digital textbook initiatives in Africa, A few myths and misconceptions about digital teaching and learning materials in Africa & Investing in digital teaching and learning resources: Ten recommendations for policymakers
This set of related posts looks at the promise and possiblity of providing things like 'digital textbooks' to learners in Africa who have been inadequately served by traditional textbook procurement activities.

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Broadband a ‘win-win’ for governments

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According to an article published on BizTechAfrica, how broadband could improve economics and create a win-win situation for governments was the fulcrum of a presented by the Chief Executive of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NIGCOMSAT), Engr. Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai at the  recent e-Nigeria conference on local content hosted by Nigerian IT Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja.

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According to an article published on IT NEWS AFRICA, with the year wrapping up and companies looking toward 2014, Jay Kidd, Chief Technology Officer and senior vice president at NetApp, gives his predictions for 2014 and the trends that will impact the industry including flash, cloud, and software-defined. He also takes a look back at 2013 and the predictions that came true.
Kidd believes the key themes that will emerge in the upcoming year include The “Parting of the Clouds” into a Hybrid Cloud of clearly distinguished IT service offerings, and the acceleration in adoption of technologies that have emerged in the past two years.

 

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