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The i4d website aims to reflect the role and relevance of ICT in various development sectors such as rural development, gender, governance, micro-finance, education, health, wireless communication, local content, culture and heritage, and more. It hosts a range of up-to-date and interactive features that supplement the news and features content of their printed magazine 'i4d', and also allows for user interaction via discussion forums, regular e-newsletters, letters to the editor, and other online activities

iConnect Online

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The iConnect website provides case stories, news and critical articles which discuss issues in ICTs for development. It seeks to promote exchange of experiences and knowledge on the use of information and communication technologies for development. Partly funded by the Building Communication Opportunities (BCO) initiative, iConnect draws content from its partners, links resources and expertise and encourages collaboration. Searching for the term 'health' in the search box retrieves over 200 resources. These range from short reports to project briefings, case studies and online discussions

USAID global health e-learning center

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The Global Health E-Learning Center, developed by the USAID Bureau of Global Health, is a response to repeated requests from field staff for access to technical public health information. The centre provides web-based courses for continuing education for health professionals and technical content on key topics. It serves as a practical resource for increasing public health knowledge. Once registered, users of this site can take free courses, all of which are authored by an expert or team of experts. They include programme principles, best practice and case studies. Materials may also be downloaded for further study

Health e communication


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The Communication Initiative (CI) website provides information on communication and development experiences and thinking, facilitating horizontal linkages between people engaged in communication action, peer commentary on programmes and strategies and taking opportunities to promote strategic thinking on communication and development issues and problems. The health window provides a point of entry themed on health communication. The 'evaluation' section of the health window signposts to useful examples and case studies of evaluation

The World Bank and disability


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The World Bank's disability website provides links to information about its disability related activities. It includes online documents produced by the World Bank and other key international agencies, classified under a range of topics including education, community-based rehabilitation, disability and conflict, disability and HIV/AIDS, gender, rural development, etc. It contains links to related websites, including UNESCO's inclusive education programme, the World Health Organization's social change and mental health programme.

Disability Rights Promotion International


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DRPI is a collaborative project to establish a comprehensive, sustainable international system to monitor human rights of people with disabilities. The website explains the history of the project and its current status, provides an introduction to a human rights approach to disability, and includes a brief overview of the United Nations human rights system. DPRI's publications and other related rights resources are available on the site, as well as project links to news, information and resources from each region

Research to policy

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY. Program in Policy Decision-Making

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The aims of this website are: to improve the understanding of the public policy decision-making process, including the different ways in which public policy decisions and decision making contexts can be categorized; to improve the understanding of the factors that influence policy decision-making, including ideas (research knowledge, other types of information and values), interests, and institutions; and to derive concrete implications for research funders, research organisations, knowledge brokers, and policy decision-makers about how best to transfer and facilitate the uptake of research knowledge in policy decision-making environments. The site's "What we've learned" section is divided into seperate parts for research funders, for research organisations, for knowledge brokers and for policy decision-makers

UN Millennium Development Goals


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This United Nations website provides information on the MDGs. It lists the goals, their status in 2004, and access to the Millennium Declaration. It includes a host of other MDG related materials as well

China HIV/AIDS information network (CHAIN)


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China HIV/AIDS Information Network (CHAIN) hosts an extensive website which provides an online gateway to CHAIN's resources. The web-based search engine allows users to search for materials in either electronic form or access a summary of materials unavailable electronically. CHAIN is currently expanding its online, searchable Chinese database which will allow individuals from all sectors of Chinese society to search and access CHAIN's extensive online database and download materials, or order them from the CHAIN resource centre online

Open Source Initiative OSI


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Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a non-profit organisation that promotes open source software. Even if source code of software is disclosed, it is not considered open source unless the software is provided with a software license which fulfils the Open Source Definition established by OSI. This website contains the Open Source Definition, list of OSI approved licenses, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on open source software, and other information on OSI

Free Software Foundation


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Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit organisation established to promote free software and its movement, especially GNU Project, which is a major provider of quality free software. This webpage provides useful information on free software, such as the Free Software Directory and a list of hardware that is free software compliant. FSF Project stresses the difference between free software and open source software in philosophy as well as in practice, and the relevant essays are available in the ‘essays’ section

Debian : the universal operating system


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Debian is one of the most widely used Linux distributions, known for its fidelity to free software philosophy. Debian provides a powerful package management system called APT (Advanced Packaging Tool), which makes installation, upgrade and uninstallation of software packages very simple. The distribution can be downloaded from links found in the Debian website

Priorities for local AIDS control efforts : an overview of the PLACE method


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Provides information about the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) method of improving HIV prevention programme coverage. It was dveloped by local AIDS prevention managers in resource poor settings who wanted to know where to target resources to prevent new infections. The focus on PLACE is to identify gaps in current prevention programmes and monitor programme coverage over time

AIDS in Asia : face the facts


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Report focusing on the prevention of HIV among adults and adolescents in East, South East and South Asia. The report examines the shape of HIV epidemics in Asia, risk behaviours which play a part in HIV transmission, and lessons learned from past programmes on HIV prevention in the region

The content management comparison tool


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Because there is a wide selection of Content Management System (CMS) software packages available, it is difficult to research and determine which one is the most suitable for your needs. This website allows the potential CMS users to choose and compare the specifications and features of different CMS



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Mambo is one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) that is distributed as "open source" software. This website provides basic information on Mambo, demonstrations that allow you to test Mambo without installation, installation requirements and the download links. Although Mambo was designed to work in English only, the site offers packages that enable Mambo to handle other languages. Mambo requires Apache, PHP and MySQL to operate

Open PHP Nuke : progressive content management


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Open PHP Nuke is a Content Management System software package distributed as "open source" software. Open PHP Nuke supports easy operation like drag & drop, and supports UTF-8 and multilingual contents by default. The website provides answers to frequently asked questions, tutorials, forums and the download links. Open PHP Nuke requires Apache, PHP and MySQL or other DBMS to operate

MySQL database products


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MySQL is one of the most popular open source Database Management Systems (DBMS). DBMS enables efficient management of a large amount data, and some application software (such as some CMS) utilises the ability to manage the data. Although it requires some special knowledge, you can create your own database using DBMS. The website provides download links and detailed documentation which includes instruction on installation and operation

OpenOffice : free office suite

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Expand view is a software package that is similar to and highly compatible with Microsoft Office. It is distributed as "open source" software, and is available for various platforms, including Microsoft Windows and Linux. includes Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation programme), Draw (graphic editor), Base (relational database programme) and other tools. The software, as well as installation and operation manual, can be downloaded from the website

LASA Knowledgebase : open source software


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This website offers understandable information on software licenses and the usefulness of open source software in practice. The articles help readers to consider the benefits, potential risks and difficulties of using open source software. Operating systems (Linux distributions) and OpenOffice (office suite compatible with Microsoft Office) are included in the discussion