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Change at hand : web 2.0 for development

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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

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

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

The Friedrich Erbert Foundation

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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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