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First Mile Solutions,
A Cambridge (MA) based company that provides wireless solutions for rural areas. Most interesting project is the Daknet network, based on Mobile Access Point (MAP). Asynchronous wireless connectivityin rural areas achieved through bus, motorcycle, car. They first introduced the concept of FIRST MILE, as opposite of last mile. (India, Cambodia) updated 2004-05-22.
Abantu for Development was established in 1991. In 1999, it began an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) component of its work, funded in part by infoDev. This work has concentrated on Kenya and has included 1) training various women s groups in basic software and Internet skills, and 2) bringing together different sectors of the business community to produce gender-sensitive ICT policy recommendations. infoDev funding also supported ICT conferences in Ghana and Tanzania. African women s access to and use of the Internet. In addition, Abantu has been working with policy makers to try to ensure that gender perspectives are incorporated into all new ICT policies. To accomplish these goals, the project developed a strong, focused core group of women across Africa to: define and guide African priorities on the development and use of electronic communications (Kenya) updated 2004-03-11.
To enable members of a community to acknowledge their human capacity and address common mental health problems in order to improve their social, economic, cultural and ecological environment.
The community use audio and video to capture their local problems (on mental health) and feed the outputs back to the community via loudspeakers, radio, cable television.
This case makes interesting use of audio and video technology to empower local communities. While it is not using the latest technology it is proving how ICTs can give a voice to a community and bring a community to a common understanding of their problems. (El Salvador) updated 2004-03-05.
by an InfoDev grant, AnywhereBooks enabled the national library of
Uganda to download, print and bind books from the internet and
distribute them to schools, libraries and children, as well as for
Print-on-demand is a natural application for the developing world. Anywhere Books is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to deploying mobile print on demand solutions for development. Using common office technology and digitize books and information, we develop "digital bookmobiles" that can bring targeted information where it's needed. Applications include:
Education. Build school libraries. Help students make their own books. Support reading in the classroom.
Adult literacy Create needed literacy materials in European and local languages.
Health information. Scan and print brochures and information on AIDS prevention, innoculation, malaria treatment and more.
Health provider support. Print customized medical information that meets the needs of local populations, as well as online medical journals. (Uganda) updated 2004-05-27.
ASOCIACIÓN PARA UNA SOCIEDAD MAS JUSTA (ASJ)
REVISTAZO.COM is an electronic journal devoted to reviews and reports that will help
the construction of a more transparent and equitable society in Honduras. The use of
internet and digital technology allows to break the limitations imposed by traditional media, where normally there is no space, time or will to state all the truth on issues which are vital for the nation. (Honduras) updated 2004-03-08.
B2Bpricenow.com is an e-marketplace in the Philippines that enables farmers, fishermen, and small and medium enterprises to access market prices and trade products. The marketplace can be accessed via web site or cell phone. The first phase of the project involved obtaining content for the B2B web site from a variety of agricultural and fishery cooperatives and training them to access and post products on the site. Because Unisys provides free technical support and hosting, B2Bpricenow.com is able to offer its services for free. The second phase of the project will focus on getting target groups connected to the Internet and conducting actual transactions online. (Philippines) updated 2004-03-11.
Beneficent Technology, Inc. (Benetech)
Martus is a software tool that allows users to document incidents of abuse by creating bulletins, uploading them at the earliest opportunity, and storing them on redundant servers located around the world. () updated 2004-08-30.
To strengthen the capacity within the Caribbean community, for the collection indexing, dissemination and use of disaster related information serving as a sub-regional disaster information centre.
This is a network of institutions across the Caribbean using ICTs to archive and retrieve data which is vital to their disaster preparedness planning.
The inclusions of IC Technology brought together a number of related institutions who had previously only weak linkages. The ICTs have enhanced the overall planning of this disparate network. (Jamaica) updated 2004-03-05.
CDI: Committee for Democracy in Information Technology,
The Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI), is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Since 1995, it has pioneered an initiative to promote the social inclusion of disadvantaged communities by using information and communication technology as a tool for citizens rights and development. CDI facilitates the operation of Information Technology and Citizens Rights schools by providing equipment (hardware and software), training of local educators, and local administrative and technical support. The schools are self-managed and self-sustaining, but supported and monitored by regional CDI offices. The regional offices were initially set up by volunteers interested in the mission of CDI. Today, they are also self-sustaining and self-managed, with offices located in 20 Brazilian states, as well as Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Angola, South Africa, and Argentina. (Brazil) updated 2004-03-11.
Communication, Education, and Information on Gender (CEMINA) is dedicated to strengthening women s leadership in community development through Internet radio in Brazil. The CEMINA project was the first initiative in Brazil to focus on promoting gender education by connecting communities to the Internet via the radio. Radio program content is produced locally and shared with other radio stations via broadband Internet links (for uploads and downloads). Today, 11 community radio stations are successfully using information and communication technology (ICT) to produce radio content and 1,500 women from all over Brazil have been trained in radio production. (Brazil) updated 2004-03-11.
Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) + Universit
Tsilitwa telehealth project,
The Tsilitwa telehealth project uses a system in which a nurse can send live pictures of a patient over a wireless network to a remote doctor, and at the same time they can speak to one another using a Voice over IP (VoIP) phone. The project involves researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) developing software applications to meet the needs of local health workers. Tsilitwa lies approximately 20km along dirt track from Qumba, which is a small town 30km north of Umtata in the Eastern Cape. There is no doctor at the clinic in Tsilitwa. If a patient has symptoms a nurse cannot recognise, she has no choice but to send him to the hospital in Sulenkama some 20km away. As transport is expensive and does not run directly between the two villages, the patient may be forced to walk. Further, there are no phone lines in Tsilitwa, and only one in Sulenkama, making communication between the hospital and clinic extremely difficult. In addition, electricity blackouts are almost a daily occurrence in this area. (South Africa) updated 2004-02-26.
Centro delle Culture di Firenze, Movimento Umanista
Progetto nato dal linuxday. (Senegal) updated 2004-01-13.
Conseil Général de la Meuse
Le e-c@r : outil démonstratif,
Ce véhicule muni d’une parabole et d’un matériel diffusant par radio le haut-débit autour de lui (technologie WIFI) se veut démonstratif des possibilités du satellite.
Disposant de 8 micro-ordinateurs portables, il est utilisé pour des formations en tout point de notre territoire, et est mis à disposition des collectivités pour la réalisation d’animations permettant au grand public de se familiariser avec l'Internet haut-débit même en cas d’absence de l’aDSL (CyberVillages ou mieux CyberCommunautés).
Cette mise à disposition s’appuie sur une convention entre la collectivité maître d’ouvrage de l’animation et le Conseil Général de la Meuse. (France) updated 2004-05-14.
Privaterra is an organization that provides technological education and support for civil society organizations (especially Human Rights NGOs)
in the area of data privacy, secure communications and information security. () updated 2004-04-13.
To make use of new technologies to facilitate vertical and horizontal integration of members. Areas of focus include information management, gender mainstreaming, environment, decentralised information exchange and others.
This case study concerns an NGO network which is using modern media for communication.
This case study demonstrates how ICTs can enhance existing networking activities among NGOs
(Uganda) updated 2004-03-05.
The Fantsuam Foundation in Kafanchan, Nigeria, is working to give local rural communities in Nigeria access to health and educational resources via the Internet. In the first phase of the project, Fantsuam worked with local committees to establish three Community Learning Centers (telecenters). One of these centers, at the Fantsuam office in Bayan Loco, is already financially self-supporting. Plans to set up a mobile community telecenter, which would visit different communities and offer e-mail access via satellite, were abandoned due to prohibitive cost. There is strong local demand for basic computer skills training, which has generated revenue for the Bayan Loco center. However, because the telecenters do not have working landline telephones, they have been unable to date to offer e-mail or Internet access, as was originally hoped. (Nigeria) updated 2004-03-11.
To explore whether E-commerce can prove to be a source of income for women cooperatives and non-profits working in rural areas. Through this to also see if they can train educated unemployed youth to function as E-marketers to promote products online and obtain a sustainable source of income for themselves
The project has explored using “e-marketers” to set up a mechanism for ecommerce of handicrafts.
While the project has made sales through e-channels, it faces many of the challenges of e-commerce faced by the world in general. The case is an interesting study on how new intermediaries can assist the rural poor. (India) updated 2004-03-05.
Grameen Fundation USA
The Mo-Ap Project is conceived as an open source effort to develop
standards, tools, libraries and solutions for the international
micro-finance and micro-credit communities. We are just getting
started, please click on the links below to read our documentation
and subscribe to our mailing list to find out how you can get
High volume transactions, group solidarity lending, and field
operations in poor rural locations all make Microfinance a
difficult market niche to support with commercial portfolio
management and accounting products. At the same time, the
grassroots philosophy, low margins, and innovative tendencies of
the emerging microfinance industry make it a good match for Open
Source Systems development
() updated 2004-08-30.
To improve the efficiency, effectiveness, accountability and transparency of local government through increasing access to services, information and policy documentation by the public. To enhance the livelihoods of the public by providing better access to agricultural information, commerce, education and training facilities.
After a consultation on information needs, this project has set up a network of financially self standing kiosks which offer various services including gateways into local government
There is considerable evidence that the availability of the kiosks is enabling villagers to access government services far more effectively than in the recent past. There are clear examples of an increasing transparency.
(India) updated 2004-03-05.
Helen Keller Morocco
Literacy, Gender and Sustainable Development,
This project targets 1500 rural women of the province of Errachidia, Southern Morocco, and comprises two components: post-literacy classes and 15 income generating projects.
(Morocco) updated 2004-01-15.
Transportable, low consumption computer for the developing world. () updated 2006-01-02.
ICTP - The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Phys
www4mail is an open source application, that allows you to navigate off-line and search the whole Internet via electronic mail (e-mail) by using any standard Web browser and a MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Exchange) aware e-mail program. E-mail messages sent to www4mail servers get automatically passed to your e-mail agent when you select (one or more) buttons that link to other Web documents within a requested Web page. There are many options available for user quota statistics, e-mail uuencoding reply, etc. (World) updated 2004-05-25.
Institute of Network Cultures, Waag-Sarai Platform, Soenke Zehle
Incommunicado Work Conference,
Incommunicado is a two-day workshop that intends to approach the growing ’ICT for
development’ (ICT4D) sector and its conceptual and organizational idioms from a committedyet-
critical ’insider’ perspective.
The Incommunicado gathering wants to explore discourses, concepts and strategies. It offers
neither an esoteric, self-referential ’critique fest’ nor a mere exhibition of best-of-ICT4Dprojects.
Instead, it aims to create a space to allow those active mainly in the field of ICT4D to
come together with people from other areas of media activism and criticism.
To facilitate such encounter and exchange, the Incom event will not follow the standard
academic conference format but organize an open workshop to encourage cooperative work
and informal networking. () updated .
What we are trying to do is give five remote villages, which have no electricity or phones, a means of communication and the use of simple business tools. Each village will have a Jhai computer connected in a network with the other villages that connects to the internet and to our high school-based Internet Learning Centers. These villagers can use these Jhai computers to communicate in the Lao language by email and by voice with each other and with others, for example, people who buy their products in Vientiane and our staff in the United States. The Jhai computers will also provide them with the opportunity to do simple business functions like writing documents and creating spreadsheets for budgetary and simple accounting purposes.
The design team is headed by Lee Felsenstein assisted by Mark Summer. The software is LINUX-based and is being localized into the Lao language by Anousak Souphavanh and his team.
The equipment consists of a 486-comparable computer with a keyboard, a roller ball, a LCD screen, and a dot matrix printer in each village. This equipment is hardened and we hope it lasts 10 years. The computer itself has no moving parts.
The equipment will be powered by electricity stored in a car battery charged by "foot cranks" which are essentially bicycle wheels and pedals hooked to a small generator. The generator is connected to a car battery and the car battery is connected to the computer.
Connection with each computer to the others will be by radio local area network (LAN). Each village will connect to one repeater station powered by a solar means on the ridge near the river valley. That station will then send the radio signal to the microwave tower nearby and eventually to a server in Vientiane that will connect the villages to the internet. (Laos) updated 2004-04-13.
To make data available and accessible to stakeholders involved in natural resource management.
This is an GIS information gathering activity on a province wide scale.
The case study offers an insight into the challenges surrounding provision of information from a institution to the local leve (Ghana) updated 2004-03-05.
The National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management, popularly known as MANAGE, is an apex national institute set up in 1987 as an autonomous society under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. MANAGE is the Indian response to the challenges of management in a rapidly growing agricultural sector. As a management institute, MANAGE has a mandate to assist the State Governments, the Government of India and other public sector organizations in effective management of their agricultural extension and other agricultural management systems. MANAGE is a nodal institute for conducting International Programmes and organizing study visits for foreign delegates in the above areas.
In 2000 Manage started the Cyber Extension programme, which is aimed at providing information and support to rural farmers using kyosks installed in their villages. (India) updated 2004-03-08.
MANOBI s Innovative Internet and wireless e-services for the strengthening of Senegalese fisherman artisans is a new project started in early 2003. This project uses WAP and SMS technology via cell phones to provide fishermen with up-to-date weather reports and market price information. In addition the fishermen are able to use the interactiveness of the technology to input fish stock information for marketing purposes, and to log their departures and estimated times of return, so that local fishing unions can be alerted if fishing boats fail to return on time. At the time of writing some 57 individual users had registered for the service (41 buyers and 16 artisan fishermen). (Senegal) updated 2004-03-10.
Media Lab Asia
Community Access to Sustainable Health,
Ca:sh (Community Access to Sustainable Health) is a Media Lab Asia project for investigating how information technology can be used to improve rural healthcare in an economically sustainable manner. This web site has been set up to support continued development of a medical informatics software package that is currently being used in a pilot study outside New Delhi, India. (India) updated 2004-01-12.
Time Equals Knowledge (TEK),
The goal of the TEK project is to build a low-connectivity search engine for use by people at the far side of a bad telephone connection. (Buthan) updated 2004-01-12.
Global Voices: 1.Globally: to inform Oxfam in its strategic review process so that it could be more effective in alleviating poverty; 2. Locally: to give people a tool that would give them a voice so they could be heard expressing their concerns and possible solutions on issues that affect them
Born from a strategic review process in Oxfam, this is a case of communities using video to increase awareness among government and their fellow community of the community needs.
This is a case where ICTs have been used to articulate and analyse community needs. It is an example of ICTs being used in advocacy. (Kenya) updated 2004-03-05.
CatGen is a software for assisting the creation of eCommerce sites. Merchants can build their own online and offline catalogs for free or choose from a variety of hosting options and international ecommerce services. CatGen.com is an initiative of PEOPLink, a nonprofit organization training and equipping a worldwide network of artisans to use digital cameras and the Internet to market their products and services while showcasing their cultural richness. Catgen's development was supported principally by the Skoll Community Fund. () updated 2004-01-15.
The Radio E-Mail Communications project (http://www.radiomail1.net/) uses
conventional high-frequency radios, 14.4kb modems and laptop computers to
send electronic mail messages between remote/isolated communities in Africa. (Zambia) updated 2006-01-02.
This project involves using digital information and communication technologies to promote Internet access and use by civil society organizations and their networks in Brazil. Rather than trying to build experimental centers from the ground up, the Information Network for the Third Sector (Rits) chose to work with the Sampa.org network of telecenters, which are located in low-income communities of São Paulo. Rits provided the centers with technical help, evaluations, and financial support. Currently, Sampa has ten telecenters with about 2,500 users in São Paulo shantytowns. Most users tend to be women (70 percent), with 60 percent of users between 13 and 17 years of age. (Brazil) updated 2004-03-11.
Satellife and HealthNet
Satellife & HealthNet,
The Regional Information Technology Training Center was established in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1999 by Satellife, a non-governmental organization, and HealthNet Kenya, a registered Kenyan company. The aim of the center was twofold: first, to train medical staff from across East Africa in basic IT skills and technical support, and second, to sensitize policy makers to the potential value of information and communication technology (ICT) in the workplace. One hundred people were trained at the center over a one-year period. While the foundations of a sustainable business were created, institutional factors have led to an uncertain future of the project in Kenya. Nevertheless, trainees from Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Eritrea were able to return home and organize ICT training in their countries, resulting in the ongoing training of health professionals throughout East Africa. (Kenya) updated 2004-05-27.
SchoolNet Africa (SNA)
SchoolNet Africa is one of Africa's first African-led, African-based non-government organisations (NGO) that operates across the continent in its endeavour to improve education access, quality and efficiency through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African schools. SchoolNet Africa works mainly with learners, teachers, policymakers and practitioners through country-based schoolnet organisations across Africa.
SchoolNet Africa is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa where it employs staff from different African countries to manage its programs.
(Africa) updated 2004-02-26.
During 1991 2001, Project SITA (Studies in Information Technology Applications) trained over 500 low-income women from north Delhi in basic computing with the aim of finding them work in local businesses. SITA estimates that as of July 2003, some 70 trainees were directly using their computer skills in paid employment. However, the project underestimated the significant gender barriers faced by low-income women on the job market. This shortcoming was partially addressed by modifying the project to include work placements, thus giving trainees direct experience in local businesses. Although Project SITA has now ended, a number of staff are involved in a new women s ecooperative, MitraMandal, which continues to train local low-income women and hopes to sell their services to local businesses on a cooperative basis. (India) updated 2004-03-11.
Soweto Digital Village
DENIVA: To make use of new technologies to facilitate vertical and horizontal integration of members. Areas of focus include information management, gender mainstreaming, environment, decentralised information exchange and others.
This case study concerns an NGO network which is using modern media for communication. (South Africa) updated 2004-03-05.
The Simputer Trust
The Simputer is a low cost portable alternative to PCs, by which the benefits of IT can reach the common man.
It has a special role in the third world because it ensures that illiteracy is no longer a barrier to handling a computer. (India) updated 2004-01-12.
The Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation
Vishnevskaya- Rostropovich Foundation,
The Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation created a telemedicine healthcare network in the First Municipal Hospital of St. Petersburg in 1999 to meet the needs of pediatric medical staff. Using the power of digital technology and the Internet, the Foundation linked child cancer specialists in St. Petersburg with colleagues in the USA and Europe. The network has enabled Russian staff to send MRI scans and records of their patients to other specialists in order to improve the care management of children living with cancer. The network has also improved communication between primary care physicians and medical specialists within the St. Petersburg area. (Russia) updated 2004-03-11.
Trustof the Americas
Trust of the Americas,
This project was conducted in Central America over a 14-month period, starting in June 2000. It used professional volunteers to train people with disabilities in computer programs and work-related information and technology skills. The project also trained organizations that work with the disabled. A total of 13 volunteers trained 338 people representing 44 organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. A typical impact was that one of the organizations, Transiciones, a print shop in Guatemala, was able to expand its operations as a result of the training. ICT training gave people with disabilities a new opportunity to enter the workforce and to raise their income levels. (Latin America) updated 2004-03-11.
"Ubuntu" is an African word, meaning "Humanity To Others". The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.
Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
() updated 2004-09-18.
Victoria University of Wellington and others
MIGIS is the acronym for an approach to community based planning which uses a Mobile Interactive Geographical Information System in conjunction with, and fully informed by, Participatory Rural Appraisal. MIGIS relies on community support and muted expert facilitation. It is designed to bring the best of indigenous knowledge and scientific information together to provide common ground on which farmers, government administrators, and planners can optimise their understanding of each other and work as a team to plan for a better future. (China) updated 2004-03-08.
The Future Stations project began in March 2002 as part of a Rio de Janeiro shanty-town initiative called Viva Rio. Viva Rio is a large and highly respected grassroots non-governmental organization that has been working for over ten years in the favelas (slums) of Rio. The main mission of Viva Rio is to provide economic alternatives and empowerment to youths (both men and women) between the ages of 14 and 29. These young people live in a high-risk social situation; the work of Viva Rio helps decrease poverty and violence within the favelas where they live. Future Stations are multifunctional Internet cafes that offer training in Internet use and major computer software packages. They also act as advice centers for employment and offer many other community services, including evening classes for young people who have dropped out of school. Viva Rio has a large web site that features locally generated information and links aimed at young people in the favelas. InfoDev directly financed the implementation of several Future Stations. (Brazil) updated 2004-03-11.
Voxiva, a private social venture, is committed to extending the benefits of information technology beyond the digital divide. At the request of local health officials in Latin America, the company explored ways to use existing telecommunications infrastructure to strengthen disease and disaster surveillance and response. Their product, ALERTA, is a disease surveillance application that enables health professionals in rural areas to use a telephone or the Web to submit reports to health care authorities. This information is then entered into a computer system that allows national health authorities to keep track of disease outbreaks nationwide in a timely manner and, based on this data, generate automatic alerts to health staff. In addition, the ALERTA system also enables rural health professionals to receive information and help through voice mail, again via a local telephone. To date, the product has been piloted in 76 health facilities in two localities of Peru: the Cañete-Yauyos zone (approximately 140 kilometers south of Lima) (Peru) updated 2004-05-23.
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