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6 Ways Cell Phones Are Changing the World (Beyond the Ways You're Probably Thinking)

6 Ways Cell Phones Are Changing the World (Beyond the Ways You're Probably Thinking) | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
In a world where more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet, we have to ask: what are all those phones doing? And are they really making a difference?
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The road to surveillance is paved with good intentions – and warning signs

The road to surveillance is paved with good intentions – and warning signs | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Carly Nyst: Iris scanning and GPS tracking are increasingly central to the delivery of aid. The consequences could be devastating
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Rich Millennials Think Technology Makes Us Less Human. Old Poor Women Disagree.

Rich Millennials Think Technology Makes Us Less Human. Old Poor Women Disagree. | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
You might think that young people are enthusiastically embracing new technology, while older folks fear and resist it. But a wide-ranging, eight-country survey released by Intel today challenges that stereotype.
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African teachers must play a central role in the mobile phone revolution

African teachers must play a central role in the mobile phone revolution | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Only projects that work with existing education systems, not against them, will bolster learning and eradicate poverty
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Allô, l’Afrique ?

Allô, l’Afrique ? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Le téléphone fixe ne s’est jamais imposé sur le continent mais les mobiles, eux, dessinent une nouvelle carte.
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For African Farmers, Talk Is Cheap But Information Is Priceless

For African Farmers, Talk Is Cheap But Information Is Priceless | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Despite problems in the delivery, the value of this information cannot be overestimated. Information is crucial if farmers are to boost lagging productivity seen in much of sub-Saharan Africa, engage more with markets and adapt to coming challenges.
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If We ‘Text’ It, Will They Learn?

If We ‘Text’ It, Will They Learn? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Cell phones and teacher professional development

In the avian world, magpies are noted for their fascination with  shiny objects with which they line their nests. Those of us in educational  technology share a similar affinity regarding technology objects. Currently, the  technology tool that shines brightest in international educational development is  the mobile phone. As a result, many organizations are lining existing programs  for adult learners, students, and increasingly, teachers with some sort of mobile  service delivery

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Une appli pour améliorer les soins dans les zones reculées

Une appli pour améliorer les soins dans les zones reculées | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Améliorer la qualité de soins dans les zones reculées et difficiles d'accès, c'est le défi de l'ONG Health eVillages, en rendant accessibles les dernières informations et publications sur iPad, iPod et smartphone aux médecins.
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What the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Learned From 10 Years of ICT4D

What the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Learned From 10 Years of ICT4D | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

After more than ten years of support in the realm of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has looked back: What do we really know about ICTs, and how can those insights be made useful for the daily practice of development cooperation and particularly in governance programs to enhance voice and accountability?

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Africa for Belgium - ou mon Top 5 des solutions africaines à copier (vite!) | BTC blog de Marie-Christine Boeve

Africa for Belgium - ou mon Top 5 des solutions africaines à copier (vite!) | BTC blog de Marie-Christine Boeve | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Tous les jours, nous proposons des solutions à nos partenaires. Nous réfléchissons ensemble aux meilleures façons de procéder pour favoriser le changement. Et nous avons vite fait de proposer celles que nous connaissons parce qu’elles ont fait leurs preuves ou par facilité.

Plongés dans nos dossiers, nous oublions que le monde change et qu’il le fait vite. Pendant qu’on réfléchit, l’Afrique continue d’avancer et de trouver elle-même des solutions….dont nous pourrions sans doute plus souvent nous inspirer en Belgique.

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Using ICT to enable Agricultural Innovation Systems for Smallholders

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IC4D 2012: Maximizing Mobile

IC4D 2012: Maximizing Mobile | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

This report analyzes the growth and evolution of applications for mobile phones, focusing on their use in agriculture, health and financial services, as well as their impact on employment and government. It also explores the consequences for development of the emerging “app economy”, summarizing current thinking and seeking to inform the debate on the use of mobile phones for development. It’s no longer about the phone itself, but about how it is used, and the content and applications that mobile phones open.

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Africa's best hope of combating climate change is to share knowledge

Africa's best hope of combating climate change is to share knowledge | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Until now, information has been fragmented and difficult to find for those who really need it. A new online platform to share knowledge and build innovative solutions could change all that

Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, and Africa is the most vulnerable continent to its impact. A crucial determinant of the continent's future is how well adaptation strategies are developed and implemented throughout the region. Adaptation is knowledge intensive, and there is an urgent need for improved access to relevant and usable knowledge to support new initiatives.

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The @gricultural revolution

We increasingly hear about innovation taking place in Africa and other countries in the South. ICTs appears to be in the driving seat. Do these testimonies reflect localised initiatives or are there any significant trends at national and continental level? Are we at the edge of a second agricultural revolution? Let's see what the numbers are telling us ....
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Matibabu, l'application mobile qui traque le paludisme

Matibabu, l'application mobile qui traque le paludisme | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

L'application 'Matibabu', développée par des étudiants ougandais, permet de diagnostiquer le paludisme sans passer par la case laboratoire. 

Imaginez un hôpital dans un téléphone. L'image peut sembler osée, mais c'est pourtant l'un des défis que se sont fixés Josiah Kavuma, Simon Lubambo, Joshua Businge et Brian Gitta. Ces étudiants ougandais ont développé l'application mobile Matibabu ("centre médical" en swahili) qui permet de diagnostiquer le paludisme sans besoin de prise de sang, sans piqûre, sans microscope et sans passer par un laboratoire médical.

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Conférence Annoncer la Couleur : École 2.0 & citoyenneté mondiale : une rencontre créative

Conférence Annoncer la Couleur : École 2.0 & citoyenneté mondiale : une rencontre créative | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Vous êtes enseignant, animateur de jeunes ou membre d'une organisation d'ECM ? Vous désirez explorer le matériel éducatif numérique existant et ses opportunités pédagogiques ? Ce 25 novembre 2013, venez puiser de l'inspiration lors de notre conférence « École 2.0 & citoyenneté mondiale : une rencontre créative » !

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Mobile phones have been a gift for development, says Jeffrey Sachs

Mobile phones have been a gift for development, says Jeffrey Sachs | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Better access to technology can help achieve millennium goals, says economist, as UN calls for affordable broadband worldwide
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Using video to improve teaching -- and support teachers

Using video to improve teaching -- and support teachers | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Much of the discussion related to how new technologies can be used in classrooms in low and middle income countries focuses on the use of PCs, desktops and tablets.
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Zapping mosquitoes, and corruption

Zapping mosquitoes,  and corruption | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

LIVE in a crowded South Asian city and a host of problems—smog, contagious disease, corruption—may plague you. Each winter, the air grows foul. The monsoon season brings mosquitoes, bloodsuckers capable of carrying nasties such as dengue and malaria. As cities expand and people are packed closer, they are more likely to pass on infections. Overwhelmed municipalities, especially if weakened by corruption, offer a weak response. In Lahore, Pakistan’s second-most populous city, there were 21,292 confirmed dengue patients in 2011, a particularly dire year. At least 350 of them died, victims of associated haemorrhages or shock.

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Is water flowing? Comment les smartphones et le cloud réveillent nos vieux démons | BTC blog d'Olivier Stoupy

Is water flowing? Comment les smartphones et le cloud réveillent nos vieux démons | BTC blog d'Olivier Stoupy | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

 

La durabilité des infrastructures d'eau potable et la qualité du service délivré aux populations reste, à mille jours de l'horizon des OMD, la partie immergée de l'iceberg. Ce ne sont malheureusement pas les mots clés « sustainability », « transparency » « accountability » jalonnant nos nombreux rapports qui font couler l'eau des robinets.

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The World in 2013 - ICT Facts and figures

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All you need to know about the mobile revolution

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New versus old media: how best to get information to smallholder farmers

New versus old media: how best to get information to smallholder farmers | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Projects based on radio, mobile technology and social networking give an insight into what works best for farmers
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Mobiele telefoon helpt verspreiding malaria in kaart brengen

Mobiele telefoon helpt verspreiding malaria in kaart brengen | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
BRUSSEL — Dankzij gegevens uit mobiele telefoons valt makkelijker nagaan hoe malaria zich over een land verspreidt. Amerikaanse onderzoekers deden de test in Kenia.
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ICT4Gov: Improving governance through technology

ICT4Gov: Improving governance through technology | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
What is participatory budgeting and why is it a step in the right direction to e-governance?
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