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Sustainable ICT

May 2004

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This website was created as part of a DFID-funded research programme on sustainability factors in ICT for development projects. It presents a diverse range of case studies of programmes attempting to use information and commuication technologies as an integrated component of development programming, addressing economic, social and institutional sustainability. A brief description and the key objectives are provided for each, with a link through to each of the actual studies. The website also includes links to the research report, which provides useful analysis

Focus on disability [whole issue]


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This issue of Health Alert discusses mainstreaming disability and the issues of poverty, development, and practice. The three roundtable discussions that took place in Malawi, India and Cambodia are also featured -- discussions that provided a venue for people with disabilities to highlight the links between disability, poverty, and economics. The discussions also emphasized the role of Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Other articles describe DPOs that have advanced the empowerment of people with disabilities. The Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (House without Stairs) in the Philippines produces wheelchairs made by people in wheelchairs themselves. In Bangladesh, the Focusing on Lens project of SARPV showcases the photographs taken by people with visual impairments and mental health difficulties. Toitomboor’s Vision 2020 allows visually impaired children to participate in essay writing contests using Braille or audiocassettes. The stories of Luc and Peach show how people with disabilities overcome their disabilities to live full and productive lives in their communities and wider society

ICT for development : contributing to the Millennium Development Goals. Lessons learned from seventeen infoDev projects

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November 2003

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Showcasing the lessons learned from 17 infoDev Projects, this book aims to create an explicitly available resource that offers descriptions of selected ICT for Development (ICT4D) projects and their impact on poverty. The book first presents case studies of a cross-section of projects funded by the infoDev core programme, then follows with a comprehensive study and analysis of the impact and limits of those projects

Case study : the SATELLIFE PDA Project

March 2003

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The article describes the SATELLIFE Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Project that explored questions related to the selection and design of appropriate, affordable technology and locally relevant content for use in African healthcare environment. The project was specifically targeted at assessing the usefulness of the PDA for (1) data collection and (2) information dissemination. This report describes a number of valuable lessons leaned from the project that can be applied to further deployment of PDAs in developing countries. A number of obstacles to technology use have also been identified, which will need to be overcome in order to promote the widespread adoption of the technology in this context

Measuring and enhancing the impact of ICTs on the MDGs

WILD, Kate
February 2003

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This discussion paper explores the feasibility of creating tools for documenting ICT projects, evaluating their results and measuring their impact. The paper provides an assessment of the quantitative (indicators of national e-readiness) and qualitative (case studies and stories) components of the knowledge base on ICTs for development, and a very selective review of ICT experience relevant to the poverty reduction, education, health and sustainable development goals

Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS : looking beyond awareness

WILKINS, Marissa

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The social and environmental circumstances that lead vulnerable people to have unprotected sex, exposing them to infections, have to be resolved through addressing the causes of poverty, gender discrimination, and the use of sex as a commodity. This book addresses the impact of HIV without prejudice, by taking a human rights stance. It is useful for trainers, programme planners, policy-makers and CBR programmes

Information and communication technologies and small enterprise in Africa : lessons from Botswana


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The project reported here investigates what role new information and communication technologies (ICTs) may play in small enterprise development in Africa. Drawing on field research in Botswana, the project analyses the information and communication needs of these enterprises and assesses opportunities for ICT application. The authors note that holistic and integrated approaches are necessary for the successful utilisation of ICTs for small businesses in Africa

The paradigm of communication in development : from knowledge transfer to community participation : lessons from the Grameen Bank, Bangladesh


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This case study describes in some detail the communication methodologies in a cooperative bank in Bangladesh, which relies on the participation of landless people. The paper describes and analyzes the bank's approach to external and internal communication and information processing, its methods of information, management and decision-making - features of the Bank's organization and functioning which have played a significant role in its success


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