Perspectives

The great task ahead

‘The job of developing rural ICT policy in Africa is too important, too urgent and too big to be left to governments.’ Edmund Katiti, NEPAD e-Africa Programme.


Q&A

Partners in policy development

‘ICTs can help a country achieve their goals – as long as there is committed participation from all the partners and sectors of society, including rural communities.’ Makane Faye of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


Bookmarks

Strategic online communication

Web 2.0 tools can help researchers, organisations and individuals develop a communication strategy to deliver evidence to policy makers and influence debates.


Tech Talk

Technology takes care of business

‘The most useful thing about social networking is that it has enabled me get in touch with old friends, schoolmates and, most importantly, business associates.’ Rop Kiplagat, software developer, Kenya


EXPLORE ICT update

FEATURED TECHNOLOGY: Radio

Connecting technology and e.....

A device which connects a mobile phone to a microscope lets rural lab workers in Uganda send photos of microscopic samples for expert analysis and diagnosis....

Using BGAN to talk..

Using a VoIP conference call feature on a portable satellite connection, remote communities can express their opinions in their own language, and organizations ca......

Rapid response system..

An SMS service delivers quick answers to farmers’ climate questions...

Network support..

Over the past few decades, sugar and bananas were the most common agricultural products grown in the Caribbean. However, with the recent decline in these two se.....

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FEATURED Theme: Issue no. 66 - A future for telecentres

A model of sustainability..

A new approach to telecentres in South Africa focuses on collaboration and partnerships...

A service to the community..

A Kenyan resource centre uses ICTs to gather and share agricultural information...

Diversify to survive..

Public–private partnerships revive Botswana’s telecentre programme...

Support at the centre..

Information centres in Ghana overcome challenges to serve rural communities...

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