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UN suggests statistics development goal

According to an article published on SciDev.Net, a UN agency is advocating for improved capabilities in gathering and using statistics as a central aspect of the post-2015 global development agenda to help governments make more effective decisions based on quality data.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) emphasised the need for significant investments in statistical capacity building — especially among developing countries — during the release of the ESCAP Statistical Yearbook for Asia and Pacific 2013 last month (3 December).

 

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5 Steps to Social Innovation with ICT

According to an article published by ICT works, IICD uses a distinctive participatory and multi-stakeholder approach in developing social innovation programs with information and communication technologies.

Whereas many ICT for Development (ICT4D) projects focus on the transfer of new or innovative technologies, IICD focuses not on technology, but on people. More than 15 years of experience has proven that this approach works. In 80% of IICD projects, partner organisations succeed in integrating ICT into their core business by the end of the project period. This is an impressive track record compared to the average sustainability figure of 15% for ICT4D projects.

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SA, Botswana Step Up Relations

According to the article published on allAfrica.com, President Jacob Zuma says the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between South Africa and Botswana is imperative, as it will help broaden and streamline cooperation between the two countries. President Zuma hosted his Botswana counterpart President Ian Khama for the inaugural session of the BNC in Pretoria on Thursday.

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A People-Centred Theory of Change for ICT4D?

According to an article published on Appropriating Technology for social justice and human development,  Tony Roberts suggests that a starting-point for a theory of change for (open) ICT4D might be, 'the application of human agency + human knowledge + (open) technology to solve human problems = (open) development', or at its most basic: 
 
people + knowledge + technology = development

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Using data from Botswana, Chile, and the Philippines, Public libraries connecting people for development: Findings from the Global Impact Study

Public libraries play a critical role in extending the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to a diverse range of people worldwide. However, their ability to contribute to development agendas has come into question in recent times.

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Vision 20:2020, MDGs unrealistic without ICT, warns NCS

According to an article published on BiztechAfrica, an interest group of IT professionals, the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has warned that the pursuit of the Federal Government’s Vision 20:2020 objectives and that of the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) set down by the United Nations Organisation (UNO) may just be wishful thinking if the government refuses to have an attitudinal change to the information communication technology (ICT) sector.

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New cooperation agreements to accelerate African innovation

According to the article published in Biztech Africa website, Microsoft Corp. has announced strategic cooperation agreements with three incubator organizations across the African continent to enable startups, innovators and Africa’s developer community to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies. Under the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft has entered into agreements with CcHUB in Nigeria, DTBi in Tanzania and AfriLabs, the pan-African hub network.

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Professional statutory body to regulate ICT conduct in Zambia

According to the article of Isaac Mukando published, government is spearheading a mechanism for a professional statutory body mandated to promote and regulate the conduct of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Permanent Secretary Bernard Chiwala said at a Computer Society of Zambia stakeholders' meeting in Kitwe that the body would function under an Act of Parliament. He said this in a speech read for him by Zambia Information Communications Technology Authority information technology manager Garry Mukelabai.

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Tanzania: ICT Centres to Be Established in Every Village

In a bid to increase transparency in governance, plans are underway to establish Information Communication Technology (ICT) centres in every village.Chief Secretary, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, said this on Friday in Dar es Salaam during his visit to the e-Government agency offices.

He said it is important that priority is given to rural areas so as to harness knowledge for development."There is no way that we can avoid using ICT as it develops daily and is used worldwide by various governments," he said.

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A future of African-led development is underway

According to an article published on SciDev.Net, a future of African-led social and economic development is under way — and technology is at its centre.
 
Rising African voices
 
According to the website Internet World Stats, more than 15 per cent of Africa's population has access to the Internet. Of those 167 million who are online, more than 50 million are on Facebook. [1]

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East Africa: Technology Forces That Drive World's Economic Growth

Peter Nalika in his article published on September 25th, 2013 states that the world is rapidly chamging and technology is at the heart of this change. The center of economic world is really moving very quickly, a thousand years ago it was in Central Asia and over the next thousand years it moved west through Europe and since the mid 1980s its been moving back in an accelerating place and by 2025 it will move back to Central Asia, at little north of where it started.

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Mobile for Development Summit 2013

On the 11 & 12 November 2013, the GSMA Mobile for Development Summit is the debut of an annual thought leadership event, taking place this year in Cape Town at the Vineyard Hotel.

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Gambia: Bridging the ICT Divide

According to an article published by allAfrica.com, information communication and technology experts of countries in West Africa on a conclave here in Banjul have committed themselves to bridging the ICT divide in the sub-region to enhance development.

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Mobile phones have been a gift for development, says Jeffrey Sachs

According to an article published by the Guardian, access to, and the use of, technology should not be a standalone goal in any future development agenda because it will be the tool by which the targets will be achieved, according to Jeffrey Sachs.

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No nation can develop without embracing ICT – Gambian President

According to an article published on HumanIPO, President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia Republic has stressed the importance of ICT to national development and said it is one of his priorities.

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Skills development against Africa's lack of competitiveness

This month saw heads of states and leaders of industries from all over Africa came together to discuss the future of the African continent at the World Economic Forum (WEF), which took place in Cape Town from 08 – 10 May 2013.

A key factor highlighted over this conference was Africa’s lack of competitiveness and the fact that the world’s least competitive economies exist in Africa. Yet, if we consider the continent’s innovation and entrepreneurship – how can this be true?

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Focus on ICT in South Sudan

The Republic of South Sudan, formerly known as Southern Sudan, is located in East-Central Africa and forms part of the United Nations sub-region of Eastern Africa. Although a recently formed state, and still in the process of building its economy, there is already a significant amount of activity within the country’s ICT sector, particularly efforts to expand broadband connectivity and mobile services. Towards the end of 2012, it was reported that much is expected from the country’s pan-African e-Network Project to develop numerous projects using technology and e-government as the basis for infrastructure development across Africa.

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Will Digital Education Improve Employment In Africa?

While digital technology is growing at an exceptionally rapid rate, the continent is engaging in educating people to meet the need for skilled employees and to tackle unemployment, a major problem in most African countries.

Watch the interesting video and read some interesting articles related to the topic here

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Every Single Presentation from CRS’ 5th ICT4D Conference Now Available Online

In March 2013, Catholic Relief Services held its fifth conference to explore how information and communications technology can be used for development. The conference in Accra, Ghana, focused on mobile services that empower vulnerable communities.
All 50+ presentations have been posted online – all in original PowerPoint format complete with notes.

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Why do we develop higher education hubs around the world? Let's find out the benefits!

Katherine Forestier and Yojana Sharma wrote an interesting article in Issue No:262 of University World News about the planning and investment devoted to developing higher education hubs around the world and the reasons that drive host countries to set up areas that can attract foreign branch campuses.

Among the key motivations are to internationalise and modernise the higher education sector in the host country, develop a skilled workforce and retain students, attract foreign direct investment and increase the country’s economic competitiveness, and enhance geopolitical status using soft power, according to Jane Knight, adjunct professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, at the University of Toronto.

Hubs can be classified into three types: those that want to attract international students; talent development; and knowledge and innovation.

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