The concept of outsourcing to developing countries to reduce costs and aid development isn’t an unfamiliar one. I.T. services provided to the West from India have been a key contributor to the relatively recent economic boom there. Yet suggesting that there is budding software developing talent in Africa often results in a cynical audience and […]
The Indigo Trust has awarded a grant of £10, 000 to Africa Gathering (£5000 towards ICT4D conference costs and £5000 for business support). Africa Gathering is a unique new platform of change that exposes African ideas and innovations in the field of ICT4D and beyond so that they can be recognised, adopted and celebrated. They […]
In Africa, radio remains the dominant broadcasting tool, with about 90% of households owning a radio – but communication remains mostly one-way. SMS text-messaging using mobile phones, also increasingly widespread, are the most affordable and accessible mode of two-way communication. The award-winning open source software tool FrontlineSMS combines laptops with mobiles to bridge a crucial […]
I had a fantastic converation with Jessica Colaco, manager of Nairobi’s iHub, which opened this year. The iHub brings together stakeholders from throughout the tech community including software developers, researchers, designers, academics and industry, with the aim of encouraging open innovation and providing a physical access point for entrepreneurs. Its construction was funded by Ushahidi, […]
The Royal African Society hosted an event commentating on the recent Tanzanian election, where as expected, ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi(Revolutionary State Party) won, but with a significantly diminished majority. It highlighted the ways in which results may have been biased, despite the international community hailing the elections as ‘fair’. These include lack of anonymity of ballot papers, availability […]
The Open Society Foundation and Publish What You Pay hosted a fantastic reception at Westminster last night, to highlight the need for the UK government to oblige all SEC-listed companies in the UK engaged in oil, gas or mineral extraction anywhere in the world to report how much they pay to each government. This would be a […]
I attended a fascinating event this Tuesday, entitled “Global Poverty and ICTs-what Cambridge can do to change the world’ : http://ict4d.eventbrite.com/. It was a really fascinating event, which highlighted the need to focus our efforts to ensure that the poorest reap the benefits of technological innovation (predominantly through mobile technology) and ensure that genuinely participatory […]
I just came across this piece of technology: http://www.esoko.com/, which can be used for bringing market access to mobile phone users everywhere! Has anyone used it and if so, what’s your opinion of it?