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Change at hand : web 2.0 for development

ASHLEY, Holly
et al
June 2009

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There are dozens of emerging interactive web services and applications, sometimes referred to as the ‘participatory’, ‘social’ or ‘readwrite’ web, but more commonly known as Web 2.0. Together, they are radically changing the ways we create, share, collaborate and publish digital information through the Internet. These new technical opportunities bring challenges as well as opportunities that we need to understand and grasp. Most of the themed articles are based on presentations made at the the international Web2forDev conference, 25-27 September 2007 at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy

Empowering youth and connecting schools : lessons from the SchoolNet Namibia approach

BALLANTYNE, Peter
February 2004

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Schools in developing countries are beginning to get computers and access to the Internet. This article draws on the SchoolNet Namibia approach and its achievements. It suggests that programmes like this should give priority to the provision of affordable access using open platforms, pay attention to longer term cost of ownership issues, leverage change through partnerships, work closely with governments, involve school principals and teachers, and seek to ensure that necessary capacities are developed in schools themselves

Estrategias para Incentivar la Interacción virtual entre Pediatras y Neonatólogos del Perú|[Strategies to allow the virtual interaction among pediatricians and neonatologists from Peru]

DELGADO, C
VELÁZQUEZ, P
SÉNCHEZ, V
NÚÑEZ, W
2004

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The difficult information exchange and lack of uniform approaches, allowed the implementation of strategies by virtual interaction between pediatricians and Peruvian neonatologists through Internet. An e-mail list was organized through a free supplier with some members from the Neonatal Section of the Pediatric Society, who exchanged files and messages periodically, mainly on training events. The group was interviewed and the importance of information exchange among the members was verified

The digital pulse : the current and future applications of information and communication technologies for developmental health priorities

FEEK, Warren
2003

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Analyses the hopes and realities of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in health and development programmes. Includes a Top 10 of strategic issues and gaps, and an overview of ICT for development (ICT4D). Sixty case studies document programme experiences of using ICTs in four areas: database and resource centres; social development, education and advocacy; networking and dialogue; and telemedicine and high medical tools. Recommendations include: prioritise local content and the voice of local people; integrate ICTs with other communication technologies and methods; engage with overall ICT trends like internet cafes and mobile phones; pay attention to structural issues like pricing, access and controls; take advantage of the interactive elements of ICTs to create a space for dialogue; evaluate the impact of ICTs on health; acknowledge the improvements to health when there is more equitable access to information and knowledge through the new technologies; incorporate ICTs into ongoing programmes; and support the vital role of intermediaries

From workplace to workspace : using email lists to work together

JAMES, Maureen
RYKERT, Liz
1998

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A straightforward and easy-to-follow guide to help people decide how to set up a mailing list for their group, launch it and keep it active. Divided into three parts, it covers, 'Getting set up', 'Working together', and 'Resources'. Available full-text on the IDRC website in French, Spanish and English

At ease with e-mail : A handbook on using electronic mail for NGOs in developing countries

UNITED NATIONS NON-GOVERNMENTAL LIAISON SERVICE (NGLS)
The Friedrich Erbert Foundation
1998

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Presented in a step-by-step, question-and-answer format explaining the basics of computer communications. Identifies organisations that have a mandate to promote or support computer networking in developing countries and references to further resources in both printed and electronic format. Includes a list of mailing lists and websites of interest to NGOs and a directory of networks in developing countries which can provide access, training and support in electronic communication

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