ICT4D Digest #10 – ICT/Environment – a dual relationship

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A weekly digest of reflections and ICT4D-news. The author is Elias Rådelius, a ComDev student at Malmö University and intern at Sida’s dept. for ICT4D. Views expressed are Elias’ own. Read, interact, disagree and join in exploring this ever-changing and exciting field! @SidaICT4D, @eliasradelius I was recently asked a question about how ICTs are used to tackle environmental challenges. You could say that it is sort of a trick question: the relationship between ICTs and the environment is two-faced. On the one hand, ICTs are causing a lot of damage…

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DotConnectAfrica attends Transform Africa 2013, calls for the progress of its .africa commitments to be acknowledged

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DCA was invited as a delegate to the international high-level conference that was held in Rwanda from October 28 to 31, 2013 Nov. 3, 2013 – The conference was attended by over 1,500 delegates and Seven African Heads of State including among others Presidents of Kenya, Uganda, Gabon, and Burkina Faso.  Other delegates included Ministers and CEO’s of blue chip firms. The summit was Co-hosted by President Paul Kagame and Dr. Hamadoun Toure, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with the aim of pooling together International participants…

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Internet Society Funds 11 Community-Based Projects that Enhance Internet Environments in Underserved Regions

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nternet Society Funds 11 Community-Based Projects that Enhance Internet Environments in Underserved Regions The Internet Society today announced funding for 11 community-based Internet projects that will enhance the Internet ecosystem in underserved communities around the world. The Community Grants are awarded twice each year to Internet Society Chapters and Members. Recipients receive up to US$10,000 to implement their projects. The 11 projects funded in this round of grants will: •Enable teachers and students in the Sultanate of Oman to produce and share video presentations that meet Omani curriculum standards and…

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Start-ups founded by immigrants are creating jobs all over America

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ON APRIL 19th Jack Markell, the governor of Delaware, is due to visit a new factory being built in his state by Bloom Energy, a start-up based in Silicon Valley. Bloom makes clean power-generation systems using a novel fuel-cell technology. It is investing over $40m in its facility in Newark and plans to hire hundreds of people. Some will be carworkers who lost their jobs in 2008 when Chrysler shuttered a factory that once stood on the same site. Gary Convis, Bloom’s chief operations officer, says that the company has…

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Sophia Bekele Speaks on Technology for Economic Development in Africa at the Yale University

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The Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development held a youth conference on the theme: Re-imagining Africa: a closer look at Autonomy, Identity and Perspective. The Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development held the second annual Sankofa54: African Youth Empowerment Conference on April 12th – 14th, 2013.The student youth conference was held on the theme: Re-imagining Africa: a closer look at Autonomy, Identity and Perspective. The conference included five discussion panels concerning economic development, global health, and peace and conflict resolution, as well as a series of breakout…

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88mph: The VC Firm Investing In Africa’s Tech Startups

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This story was featured in Ventures Africa magazine’s February/March Edition…. A global network of experienced entrepreneurs prepare to invest the time and money required to give Africa’s most promising early stage tech companies the head start they need. VENTURES AFRICA – A small group of Cape Town-based mobile tech start-ups are next in line to take part in the 88mph programme, which has already given some of Nairobi’s mobile web businesses a major boost. Founded by Kresten Buch, 88mph is an early stage start-up fund combined with a three-month accelerator programme…

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