November 2013 | Following a decade of rapid urbanization and strong economic growth, Africa is going digital. While just 16 percent of the continent’s one billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly.
Evidence of what is to come can already be seen in Africa’s major cities, where consumers have greater disposable income, more than half have Internet-capable devices, and 3G networks are up and running. Significant infrastructure investment—for example, increased access to mobile broadband, fibre-optic cable connections to households, and power-supply expansion—combined with the rapid spread of low-cost smartphones and tablets, has enabled millions of Africans to connect for the first time. There is a growing wave of innovation as entrepreneurs and large corporations alike launch new web-based ventures.
21 October 2013 | Smart cabs and social games: Africa's mobile tech startups CNN International (CNN) -- Mobile is a big deal in Africa. People probably get tired of hearing that, but there are around 820 million mobile subscriptions on the continent.
21 September 2013 | With nearly two out of every five people in the world online by the end of the year, more than two-thirds of those living in developing countries will not have access to the Internet, the United Nations today reported in a global survey of...
18 Septemer 2013 | The Pakistani city of Lahore is known as the heritage capital of the country. It's scattered with ancient mosques, majestic 16th century mansions and antique minarets. Lahorites are proud of their cultural legacy.
Pakistan has 30 million Internet users, that's almost four times the population of New York City. About 15 million Pakistanis are accessing the Internet via their mobile phones opening up a whole new stream of consumer possibilities for savvy business people.
Young entrepreneurs like Ali Rehan, 26, are now exploiting this potential. Rehan and his team at Eyedeus Labs has created "Groopic," a new smartphone app that lets you take a group picture -- and put yourself in it. This way, the photographer will also be included in the picture. It's easy to use and it's making waves in the tech world.
12 September 2013 | ICTs are transforming the world of work, creating new job opportunities and making labour markets more innovative, inclusive, and global, says a new policy note released by the World Bank.
ICTs are providing new avenues for job creation that could help tackle global unemployment. For instance, the development of the mobile phone applications industry has created new opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
10 November 2013 | China vows to support development of other developing countries Global Times Xi said China always supports international development, and is willing to work with the UNIDO, within the framework of south-south cooperation and in the win-win...
18 October 2013 | Technology can turn everyone into aid workers, IFRC Secretary-General Bekele Geleta writes in this exclusive op-ed. But technology alone won’t help improve lives — using it the right way, with proper policies in place, can.
A collaborative partnership where the efforts of experts from Cisco Systems, ISOC, LACNIC and the local technical community have built “human networks of trust”.
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October 2014 | This first edition of Development Advocate Nepal looks at Nepal’s achievements so far in meeting the MDGs and at the challenges it faces in bridging the gaps, while considering the agenda beyond 2015 and what it could mean for the country.
23 September 2013 | Getting women online will help boost GDP, UN says The Nation Many countries, including Thailand, urgently need to encourage more female involvement in ICT, as an increase in women broadband users would help...
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18 September 2013 | The World Bank has joined forces with the Open Data Institue and the Open Knowledge Foundation in a 3-year project designed to help policy makers and citizens in developing countries understand and exploit the benefits of open data.