Tuesday, September 14, 2010

FOSS Training at the University of Dodoma

The training is scheduled at the University of Dodoma from 27th September to 1st October 2010. It is being organized by Hector Mongi with support by ICT@Innovation. Other partners include Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), Capacity Building International (Germany) - (INWENT) and the University of Dodoma (UDOM)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Broadband Internet in East Africa: Uncertainties on Rural Connectivity

The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live. The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia. The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region's industry and commerce. The cable - which is 17,000km long - took two years to lay and cost more than $650m. But it is not clear whether the internet revolution will reach the villages, many of which still struggle to access reliable electricity.

Read more from:
BBC Website
Seacom Website

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Call for Proposal: START Grants for GECRA

START announces the Call for Proposals for the 2009/2010 START Grants for Global Environmental Change Research in Africa. A proposal is to be prepared using a special application form available at the START website.

Due date for Proposals is: 30 August 2009.

For more information, click HERE  or contact the undersigned:

Charles S. Kauffman
International START Secretariat
2000 Florida Avenue NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC, 20009, USA
Tel: +1-202-462-2213
Fax: +1-202-457-5859

Friday, June 26, 2009

Nokia Life Tools

TED's website reports about the emerging mobile technology - Nokia Life Tools (NLT). It is a range of innovative agriculture information and education services designed especially for rural and small town communities in emerging markets. Accurate and regular information on weather, prices and availability of seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and prevailing market prices for the produce are sent to directly to farmers; while the Education service of Nokia Life Tools aims to give students a decisive advantage by boosting their English language and local, national and international general knowledge -- delivered to the palm of their hand.

For more stories and videos on what Nokia is doing, visit Nokia Conversations.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Euro-Africa ICT Conference: a call to remove roadblocks

The SECOND day of Euro-Africa ICT conference has just commenced. The major theme this morning has been dominated by hot discussion on how Europe, Africa and the Carribean regions can work together to remove roadblocks. Some participants were concerned about the definition of roadblocks and suggested a word "challenge" instead. However, at last it was used interchengeably with "challenge". The biggest challenge identified was lack of adequate infrastructure to deploy the technology to rural and unreached areas. The status of two major infrastructure projects in Eastern and Southern Africa was presented.The SEACOM project is at the completion stage and is expected to start operation sometimes after June 2009. EASSy project is the second. Its construction shall start soon and be completed by the end of 2010. More about the two projects click here for SEACOM and here for EASSy.

Tanzanian participants during the 1st Euro-Africa Forum on ICT Research in Brussels. With me are Professors Tolly Mbwete, the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania (center), and Faustine Kamuzora, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Mzumbe University in Tanzania (right)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research Opens in Brussels Today

The 1st Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research co-organised by the European Commission (DG INFSO) and the African Union Commission with the support of the EuroAfriCa-ICT initiative has been opened this morning (25th March 2009). The two day forum which closes tomorrow on 26th March 2009 is taking place in the EU premises in Brussels, Belgium (below).
Three keynote speakers have inagurated the presentations and discussions among over 400 policy-makers and ICT researchers from Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa participating in this meeting. The event was officially opened by Ms Viviane Reding, Commissioner, Directorate-General for Information Society and media, European Union Commission (EUC). Ms Reding spoke via a video link. Other keynote speakers during opening session were Ms Vera Brenda Ngosi, Director of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission (AUC) and Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and information, Uited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Thursday, March 12, 2009

15WCTOH: Singapore 2012!!

Singapore has been selected to host the 15WCTOH after three years from now. Singapore has been selected because of its unbeaatble struggle to fight diseases and other social problems including related to tobacco use.