For centuries humans have been using technology to communicate. From using drums to send messages to the next village, telegraph to reach neighbouring countries and radio to exchange words across oceans.
The term web 2.0 covers such a wide range of applications, including blogs, mashups, wikis and feeds to social bookmarking, social networking and media sharing sites. Few people use all of these tools, but many use one or more.
Specialist charities and businesses, and increasingly computer manufacturers, are taking old computers and shipping them out to organizations in developing countries whose budgets do not stretch to the latest models.
Podcasting has been around since 2004 but it is still very much at the experimental stage when it comes to applying it to development efforts. In this issue we highlight some early initiatives from...
Traditionally, the major banks have been reluctant to extend their services to rural communities in developing countries. It is simply not profitable enough for banks to set up branches in ‘the middle of nowhere’.
Developing countries will suffer far more from the impacts of global warming than the big polluters in Europe and North America. Soil erosion and desertification will affect ACP countries far more than Europe and North America.
In the last ten years, the prices of digital video cameras have dropped almost as sharply as those of mobile phones. This, together with the advent of cheap desktop video-editing software aimed at the...
At some point over the course of 2005, notes urbanist Mike Davis in Planet of Slums, an investigation into the world’s poorest cities, the world’s population made the epochal shift from rural to predominantly urban.
The European Union, the United States, Australia, Japan and other Northern regions have over the last few years introduced tough new traceability requirements covering farm products entering their ports.
As many other parts of the world, ACP countries have seen their soils severely degraded over the last 100 years, largely due to overcultivation, overgrazing, extensive fuelwood gathering, increased...