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 Friday, July 15, 2011

The department of Quindío and the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications signed an agreement for 1500 million Colombian pesos (more than US$ 850 000), to implement the project “Quindío Vive Digital” in the framework of the initiative 'Vive Digital Regional".

The initiative seeks to benefit about 535,000 people from the region of Quindío to ensure that they know, access and ownership of the opportunities and benefits offered by ICT.

The agreement was signed on June 29 after the approval of the draft presented by the government of Quindío. The total value was agreed by 1,589,500,000 Colombian Pesos, from which 'Vive Digital Regional' provided the sum of 933,000,000 Colombian Pesos and the department of Quindío 656,500,000 Colombian Pesos.

“Quindío Vive Digital” project aims at the construction and commissioning of: a web portal for IT industry, a web portal for tourism and geographic information system and tourism. Additionally, the project includes ICT training of 35 people who are part of the industry of information technology and training for 240 small and medium enterprises of the department.

"This alliance is part of the Plan Vive Digital of the ICT Ministry, with which we intend to increase and expand the use of Internet in Colombia, from 2.2 million to 8.8 connections throughout the country by 2014. As part of this goal, we signed an agreement for more than a half billion dollars to develop the project Quindío Vive Digital", said ICT Minister, Diego Molano Vega.

This agreement has as priority to take the technological challenge that will face the department of Quindío, considering that the information and communications technology is a platform to raise awareness of the strengths that the region has in trade, industry, culture and tourism.

This alliance is part of the initiative "Vive Digital Regional ', which seeks to promote access, use and massive appropriation of ICTs, through policies and programs to achieve progressive levels and sustainable development in all the departments of Colombia.

"The initiative Quindío Vive Digital will have the support and constant monitoring of the ICT Ministry and Colciencias, also they expect the cooperation from local authorities and social actors in the department", said Nicolas Llano Naranjo, Regional Manager of Vive Digital Regional.

(Source: Mintic – Colombia)

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 Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Kenya government in partnership with HP East Africa and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) launched a project that will enable health workers in the field to detect and manage disease outbreaks through smart phones.

The move follows a donation of 250 HP Palm Pre-Smart Phones which are the first of their kind in the continent that will facilitate early detection and response to communicable public health threats in the country through mobile health monitoring technology.

The phones are part of 1 million U.S. dollar worth of technological support that HP will be extending to the government through the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) program.

Director of Public Health and Sanitation at the Ministry of Public Health Shanaaz Sharif said the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) system which has been developed in the past two months will simplify health workers' task of reporting in real time, health events that occur at the local level. "Due to technological and personnel constraints only about 5,000 of the 7,000 health facilities in the country report and maintain a record of health events on a real time basis, but now any health worker with a simple mobile handset will be enable to report", Sharif told journalists in Nairobi.

He said members of the public will also be allowed to report on health events but only through the internet. "The IDSR will enable the government to collect information in real time to help in the decision making for the appropriate public health action intervention. Mobile phones will be used to transmit raw data and then the data will entered, stored, analyzed and interpreted in real time via the computer", Sharif said.

The project will enable health workers to collect data through a web operating system application (webOS), upload the same, analyze and share the data with organizations like National Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Program (Nascop). "When health workers at the local level suspect of any disease they are expected to report this via the system to the national level so that public health officials to analyze, interpret and compare the data with prevailing trends", Sharif said.

(Source: XinhuaNews)

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 5:19:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

A research project in India designed to illuminate technology solutions that uniquely benefit women entrepreneurs.

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) are collaborating on a research project in India which will focus on how information and communication technologies (ICT) such as mobile phone services, can facilitate women’s entrepreneurship in India.

The research comes out of our 2010 Women Mean Business Conference in Mumbai, where leading professionals and women entrepreneurs gathered to discuss how ICT could help women overcome the barriers that women entrepreneurs in India face.

India was chosen partly because of its rapidly developing economy. Also despite the fact that mobile phones are seemingly ubiquitous in India, there is a significant gender gap in access to mobile technology in South Asia, where a man is 37% more likely to have access to a mobile phone than a woman.

The research will identify factors which enhance the ability of technology to transform Indian women's economic experiences and continue India’s economic development by focusing on the relationship Indian women entrepreneurs have with technology as well as the emerging trends.  The report will serve as the foundation for a set of recommendations that can facilitate concrete action by development actors, the government and the private sector.

(Source: Cherie Blair Foundation for Women)

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 4:14:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-17), in Durban South Africa, attendees at the ITU Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change in Ghana have renewed calls for global leaders to recognize the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

An outcome document asks that ITU, as the UN specialized agency for ICTs, lead a coalition urging delegates to look to the enormous potential of ICT solutions to cut emissions across all sectors. The document calls for the adoption of a ‘closed loop’ approach to manufacturing and recycling which will reduce the need to extract and process raw materials. It also asks for recognition of the value of ICTs in monitoring deforestation, crop patterns and other environmental phenomena.

Specific mention of ICTs in the COP-17 negotiating text, along with the adoption of an agreed methodology for measuring the carbon footprint of ICT equipment and its inclusion in National Adaptation/Mitigation Plans, would provide an incentive to the ICT industry to invest in developing countries, help reduce the digital divide, and at the same time help fight climate change – a win-win scenario. ITU is already actively developing a methodology that could serve as a reliable and accurate global benchmark for assessing the carbon footprint of a wide range of ICT equipment.

Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, ITU, stressed ITU’s commitment to providing the technical know-how to mitigate and adapt to climate change. “It is now clear to most observers that ICTs have a very important role to play here. Recognition of this at the international level will provide countries with a solid argument to roll out climate change strategies with a strong ICT element”, he said.

Speaking at the opening of the Ghana symposium, Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, said: “Today, a world without ICTs is unthinkable. ICTs are integrated into almost all parts of our society and economy. Yet while the increasingly widespread use of ICTs has changed people’s lives dramatically and boosted economic growth, the success of technology means it is itself a growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, ICTs probably provide the most significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the major high emissions industries of energy generation, waste disposal, building and transport. This is a message we must carry to COP-17”.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 9:29:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 12, 2011

300 new telecentres will work in 127 municipalities in the country. With an investment of US$ 40,000 million, the ICT Ministry, through its Communications program “Compartel”, is bringing the Internet to remote regions of the country.

The social program Compartel from the ICT Ministry will run over 300 community Internet access centers in villages and townships located in remote and difficult access areas, in order to ensure a space to the community to access to Internet, while others public or private operators come to expand the supply of telecommunications.

"For Compartel is very important provide connectivity to places that normally do not have Internet service. We want to make community ownership of these spaces and enjoy the benefits of ICT that come with the telecenters". It said Guillermo Cruz German, manager of Compartel.

These Telecenters will come to places like the Oasis in the municipality of Arauquita (Arauca), New Siviru in Bajo Baudó (Chocó), San Pedro in Puerto Caicedo (Putumayo); Puerto Nariño in Cumaribo (Vichada), and La Rocosa in San Andrés (San Andres and La Providencia).

Telecentres will provide Internet services to the public at least 40 hours a week, webcam and printing documents. Additionally they will provide advice to users and 50% discounts for students on the fee.

The complete lists of the localities benefited are in the next link: www.compartel.gov.co

(Source: MINTIC – Colombia)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 9:30:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunication Enterprises (AHCIET) invite everybody to participate in the XII Latin American Meeting on Digital Cities, which will take place on the 28th, 29th and 30th September, 2011 in Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain.

This time the XII Latin American Meeting on Digital Cities is organized under the theme "digital city as a place of innovation and knowledge", in order to raise awareness about the importance of creating smart cities and vital territories for the generation of innovation and knowledge for social, economic and personnel development of its citizens.

The event, the most important reference worldwide of Spanish-language, will be attended by more than 2,000 experts who will share their views at conferences and participate in lectures, seminars and roundtables, being an essential event for all those who are interested in eGovernment.

During the meeting, the VIII Latin American Digital Cities Award will be delivered in five categories. As new this year, the winners will make the Tour of Connectivity 2011, which will take them to Bizkaia municipalities where they will have the opportunity to share best practices around e-government of these towns.

To access all the information about the XII Latin American Meeting on Digital Cities:

http://www.ciudadesdigitales2011.com/

(Source: AHCIET)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 3:41:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Social networks, blogs and discussion forums are some strategies that teachers can take to improve education, within and outside the classroom, suggested experts in digital tools for education.


Telefonica Foundation specialists noted that participation in social networks like Facebook or Twitter, and email use, can help teachers to exchange information with students and parents outside of school hours. "They can also create educational projects with others colleagues who share common interests with these tools", they said on the eve of Teacher's Day to be held on July 6th.


They noted that blogs, more than allow the exchange of information, this could be used to encourage students to become authors of Internet content and improve their writing and spelling. "It is important that teachers adapt their technology resources to enhance the pedagogical needs of teaching and learning process", they said.


Another digital tool that improves learning is the Youtube video platform, where teachers can share audiovisual materials with their students, and who may see them as often as they consider convenient, at anytime, anywhere.


Audiovisual creativity applied to the field of education is very important to encourage research, teamwork, decision making, and the ability to expose, among other skills among students that are increasingly become more familiar with recording and editing videos.


While these tools provide many benefits in education, experts stressed the importance of accompanying students by their teachers in their use, especially in the case of browsers. "Not all browsers are relevant and safe. It is important that teachers be a guide for students to succeed in researching a topic on the Internet", they added.


(Source: Andina News Agency)

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011 10:38:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Vice Minister for ICT, Maria Carolina Hoyos Turbay and the Director of “Computadoras para educar”, Martha Castellanos, traveled on Friday July 1st to the Department of Amazonas. The purpose of the visit is to provide computer equipment to the schools: Toribio Rios in Leticia and Jose Antonio Galan in Puerto Nariño.


“Computadoras para educar” from the ICT Ministry continues presence in remote regions of the country. This time they will come to the municipality of Puerto Nariño, where 21 indigenous communities live from the ethnics Ticuna, Cocama and Yagua, and where 126 students will be benefited from computer equipment, which will be delivered by the program to the school José Antonio Galán.

 
In Leticia, the capital of the department, also will be equipped with educational equipment
to the school Toribia Rios, and also will be conducted a workshop on robotics, with electronic waste from computers in disuse.

 
"We are meeting the targets proposed in the Plan
“Vive Digital”, providing technology tools to the country's most vulnerable areas, and massively the appropriation and use of ICTs", said Maria Carolina Hoyos Turbay, Vice Minister of MINTIC.

 
The Director of the Program “Computadoras para educar”, said that overall, in the department of Amazonas, they have been delivered around to 900 computer equipments, which has benefited to 16,047 students from 66 educational centers and have trained 832 teachers. The beneficiary populations in this region are from: El Encanto, La Chorrera, La Pradera, Leticia, Puerto Alegria, Puerto Santander, Tarapacá, Leticia and Puerto Nariño.

(Source: MINTIC – Colombia)

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011 10:33:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 04, 2011

Unprecedented growth in access to mobile phones has not only made communication easy, but also spurred economic and socio-economic benefits in many countries. It is somewhat surprising to pause and note that mobile applications that emerged out of local inventions for local needs - such as mobile money for the unbanked, crowd sourcing tools used during elections or humanitarian crises, and citizen mobile journalism - were virtually unheard of only 5-6 years ago.


Even as mobile penetration has grown exponentially in countries such as India, Kenya and Egypt, the digital divide between citizens in these countries remains an issue. Despite rising access to mobile phones and the steady growth of these countries’ economies, gender inequities and income disparities continue to present barriers.


Despite the obstacles preventing women in the bottom of the income pyramid (BOP) from obtaining and using mobile phones, they may represent the largest potential market for mobile access growth. According to a recent GSMA report, “Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity”, the globe’s most disenfranchised women could actually present mobile operators with a US$13 billion incremental, annual revenue opportunity. In this light, closing the mobile phone “gender gap” serves not only development goals, but may also be in the interest of mobile operators aiming to be market leaders.


To help development practitioners and mobile operators be alert to the disparities and opportunities as countries continue to experience economic growth and greater access to ICT technologies, we look at three distinct regions: South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

(Source: Audiencescapes)

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Monday, July 04, 2011 6:43:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 01, 2011
ICT Ministry is calling for developers to generate creative and innovative ideas for government transactions and services online.

Named "Applications to improve your relationship with the State", the Minister of ICT, Diego Molano Vega, made the release of 12 government online challenges that call for “buffs” to generate ideas for mobile applications, web or digital television to enable the development of a procedure or service by the Colombian State.
 
From the question: How would you improve the delivery of procedures and services by the state and to improve the quality of life of citizens and businesses through an application? There were generated 12 categories in which developers can participate in creative and innovative ideas until September 1st, 2011.

The purpose of the applications is to make the life easier for citizens in relation to their arrangements and services, provided by public entities in the country.

The strategy of “Government Online” led by the ICT Ministry, contributes to building an efficient local government, more transparent and inclusive, providing better services with the help of society through the use of ICT. This strategy is important in order to boost the competitiveness and improve of quality of life of Colombians.

(Source: Mintic – Colombia)

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Friday, July 01, 2011 8:08:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 30, 2011

Antel and the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) have signed an agreement to build and install new digital and literacy centers - MEC centers - across the country.

The aim is to promote the democratization of access to the information society, knowledge, education and culture.

By 2014, they aim to create at least 90 new centers in towns, neighborhoods or areas with high unmet demand for access to the information society in different parts of the country. These will join the hundreds of CMEC that are already in operation.

In the event on Wednesday 29 June was attended by the Minister of Education and Culture Dr. Ricardo Ehrlich, president of Antel Ms. Carolina Cosse, Mr. Pablo Barletta Vice President of Antel and the General Manager Mr. Andres Tolosa.

The Ing. Cosse reviewed some recent topics such as the three days of ICTs (information and communication Technologies) and Agriculture, attended by foreign technicians, Antel, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP). In that event the expositions were on precision agriculture, the interest in promoting these from Antel, issues of digital literacy and the encouragement to development of information and technology and the development of national industry around the agricultural sector. "Our commitment was to provide a canal to the proposals that emerged from this event, in addition to our initiative to access to centers of information, an area of ​​social inclusion", she said.

(Source: Antel – Uruguay)

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 8:51:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The President of Peru, Alan Garcia, considered that to have been connected to 1,834 districts countrywide with telephone and internet services is a "formidable achievement", which helps to strengthen the identity of the nation and promote social inclusion.

He said that communication between people separated by a difficult geography, as the Peruvian, and also which has cultural differences, helps to create a "common collective soul" among all Peruvians.

"That is the vital and historical sense that these (telephone connections and internet) have: managed to link all the districts of Peru and its surrounding towns through telephony and internet, which is also a gateway to the world".

Therefore, the President reiterated that have connected to that number of districts is a "formidable achievement" for which he thanked everyone who contributed their work and effort to achieve it.

"(...) Today we find that finally 1.834 districts are communicated by telephone and included in Internet communication, is a formidable achievement for which I thank all employees and those who have made that these districts can be included".

The President of Peru added that the connection of people inside the country has not only a social impact, but also enormous economic impact, as all of these districts can use these communication services as a platform for commercial activities.

(Source: Andina News – Peru)

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:02:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 29, 2011

After three intense days of work and exchange of experiences, on June 15, was held a roundtable on digital literacy in rural areas and the closing event "ICT and Agriculture: The role of ICTs in agricultural development".

Antel's president, Carolina Cosse, said as in the opening ceremony, "we should be obsessed with the value addition and the development of sustainability in the economy of our country". This imply recognizing strategic areas and one of them is the “broadband in the country" to digitize Uruguay and be in line with the new economy.

"For Antel is essential that this tool of broadband is available throughout the country, that's a key part in the history of Antel, a public company serving strategic issues, a tool for the deployment of public policy. “Ceibal Plan” would not been implemented without a public telecommunications company”, she said.

According to Cosse, "is a great responsibility for those who work in Antel to address strategic issues in the country and ask again and again, what is their role to develop the business and provide the telecom service to more people".

As an example of the activities of Antel, she noted the schedule of installation of optical fiber and 3G base stations, telecommunication support for the “Plan Ceibal”, participation in the "Centers MEC" and Centers with their own access, the “Plan Siembra”, the Universal Program “Homes”, the “Plan Integra”, the agreement with Uruguay's National Television (TNU), the contribution to Rural plan, participation in rural electrification and telecommunications infrastructure for the University of the Republic.


As for literacy, Ms. Cosse said that "the processes of literacy are deeply interactive learning process where teachers learn a lot of reality in which they live". In this sense, she said Antel will increase its participation in the "Centers MEC", allowing everybody to gain more knowledge and know the needs regarding content and applications.

(Source: Antel - Uruguay)
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:49:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Empowering women and advancing their rights is not only the right thing to do but it can lead to progress on a range of issues, including the fight against poverty, hunger and violence, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting women’s rights said today.

Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment is not solely a plea for justice or for fulfilling human rights commitments. It is both of those things, but also so much more”, Michelle Bachelet said in her opening statement to the annual session of the Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Where we fail to capitalize on the potential and talents of one half of the population, we also squander the potential to reduce poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and violence”, she stated.

The evidence base for this is growing”, added Ms. Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women and former Chilean President.

She noted that in a recent report, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that closing the gender productivity gap arising from unequal access of women to productive resources would reduce the number of undernourished people by 12 to 17 per cent. That translates into 100 to 150 million fewer people living in hunger.

Countries, she added, are beginning to count the cost of domestic violence to health and in lost workplace productivity, which in the United States reaches $5.8 billion each year. “In today’s world, can we afford not to increase investment in eliminating gender discrimination when it has the potential to yield such high returns?

“UN Women’s good fortune is that it comes into being at a time when countries and businesses are asking this question, and rethinking their investment strategies,” she stated. “Our challenge now is to meet the rising demands and expectations.”

Ms. Bachelet has identified six priorities for the new agency, including ending violence against women, ensuring their full participation in conflict resolution and enhancing their economic empowerment.

(Source: UN News Centre)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:01:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 27, 2011

"Computadoras for everybody" is an excellent governmental initiative which is at the disposal of Ecuadorians, though the Bank of the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (BIESS), entity that provides facilities for those interested to acquire a computer.

Another alternative of the market is offered by the National Corporation of Telecommunications (CNT EP), which provides opportunities to acquire desktops, laptops and netbooks together with a package of Internet and finance it in installments up to 24 months.

A person with access to technologies, such as in this case of Internet, has a great chance of overcoming that start with a click. For this reason, the national Government is increasing their efforts so that citizens can have access to technology and they will be on par with this modern world.

The projects run by the Ministry of Telecommunications, which provide connectivity and equipment in remote locations and projects in schools with limited financial resources, are a great contribution to the national development.

These services are now a reality and it will continue to fight for disappears the technological illiteracy completely in the country. For this reason, the Ministry of Telecommunications continues to develop projects such as: Infocentros community, equipped with computers and the Internet; the National Plan of Connectivity that arrives at the national level with equipment for public schools of the country.

There is no better development knowledge, that the effective management of technologies, which will reduce digital illiteracy and induced to citizenship in the employment and improvement of the quality of their life.

(Source:Mintel - Ecuador)

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Monday, June 27, 2011 4:12:21 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Ministry of Transport and Communications launched today the campaign of information and guidance to the public on the proper use of emergency telecommunications services, which at first time involves telephone operators, radio and television who have been committed to broadcast nationwide and for free, messages for the public to learn to communicate in case of earthquakes.

The campaign launch was attended by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Dr. Enrique Cornejo, the chief of INDECI, General Luis Palomino, the CEO of Telefonica del Peru, Javier Manzanares, Manager Regulatory of Nextel del Peru, Ernesto Montagne, Nachtigall Delgado Hogo President of the National Society of Radio and Television and Vice President of the association, Marcello Cuneo.

The goal of the campaign is to teach people the 3 basic steps to follow in an emergency: First, to communicate with family members the people should sent a text messages; Second, use the internet, if we have this service available and Third, if we found in the area of ​​emergency, dial 119 and leave a voice message.

The Minister of Transport said that telecommunications are crucial in all phases of emergency management. This is essential from the prevention and disaster management to the relief efforts.

In this regard, the Head of INDECI, General Luis Palomino said that the information campaign on telecommunications services in emergency cases is a significant advance in emergency preparation.

National and international experience shows that in cases of earthquakes, the public telecommunications networks, including fixed and mobile networks are not infallible and could present technical restrictions during the first hours or days of the emergency due to the interruption of power supply, falling poles, broken cables, antennas and congestion of calls.

(Source: INDECI)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:14:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Increasing women's access to quality midwifery has become a focus of global efforts to realize the right of every woman to the best possible health care during pregnancy and childbirth. A first step is assessing the situation.

The State of World's Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives, supported by 30 partners, provides the first comprehensive analysis of midwifery services and issues in countries where the needs are greatest.

The report provides new information and data gathered from 58 countries in all regions of the world. Its analysis confirms that the world lacks some 350,000 skilled midwives -- 112,000 in the neediest 38 countries surveyed -- to fully meet the needs of women around the world. The report explores a range of issues related to building up this key health workforce.

This page includes access to the full report in three languages, as well as related resources, applications, bibliographical information, individual country profiles and stories of midwives.

(Source: UNFPA)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:58:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 20, 2011

In the first half of next year, Telefonica del Peru (TdP) will culminate the installation of the optical fiber for the Fiber Optic Project “Andes”, through which will be connected to eight departments in the sierra and jungle of Peru, said today the executive chief of Telefonica del Peru, Javier Manzanares. "We have come to Cusco which marks the first milestone of the project, which has required an investment of 300 million new soles for lying of 400 kilometers", he said.

The project uses a network of 1,800 kilometers of optical fiber and is developed by the Colombian firm Internexa, part of the ISA. This initiative is part of TdP investment program for the period 2010 - 2013, amounting to US$ 1.500 billion.

"It's a major project and will benefit more than 2.4 million inhabitants of the highlands and jungle of Peru, giving them access to an Internet service with the same characteristics as in Lima", he explained.

He said that before the arrival of the optical fiber to Cusco, the voice, data and Internet services were very limited in speed because there was greater carrying capacity. "We're talking speeds ranging from 200 to 400 kilobits (Kb) per second and can now get up to four megabytes of speed", he said.

Manzanares announced that the next cities to connect the remainder of the year are Huancavelica, Abancay (Apurimac), Andahuaylas (Apurimac), Ayacucho, Carhuamayo (Junín), Huánuco and Tingo María (Huánuco) and Pucallpa (Ucayali). "For the first part of 2012 is expected to arrive with the service in Tocache Juanjuí, Bellavista and Tarapoto in San Martin and Amazonas Yurimaguas", he said.

He recalled that a World Bank study on the impact of broadband in the development of medium income countries such as Peru, found that for every ten points of penetration of broadband Internet, economy grows by about 1.38 percentage points extra.


(Source: Andina NewsPaper)

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Monday, June 20, 2011 10:05:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, June 18, 2011
• Diego Molano Vega Minister delivered 30 computers
• Leon XIII was the school benefited

The Minister of Information and Communications Technologies, Diego Molano Vega, the Deputy Minister, María Carolina Hoyos Turbay, and the Colonel of Police, Mario Guerrero Fonseca, submitted a computer room at the school Leon XIII Soacha, Cundinamarca.
 
"This is a contribution of the Ministry as a sponsor of the department of Cundinamarca", said Molano Vega, also he said that in addition to the jounger population (more than 3 000 children), the computers  will also benefit to 650 adults, which will reinforce the educational processes in this town south of Bogota.
 
"We are committed to education and the maintenance of security in this vulnerable area of Soacha" said Col. Guerrero, while announcing the commitment of the National Police to continue to support other regions in partnership with the ICT Ministry and "Computers for Education".
 
At this site, the National Police, built floors, ceilings and left the places in a better position to benefit the population.
 
Computers for Schools has delivered 1190 equipments in 55 educational sites in this town and about 24,000 in the department of Cundinamarca. The ICT Ministry Program works to expand access, to train teachers in appropriate technologies in the formal education system and, simultaneously, leads the environmental component of the Digital Living plan through the reuse of computers and electronic waste.

(Source: Mintic - Colombia)

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 4:34:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 17, 2011

Hundreds of citizens from disadvantaged communities are now using video cameras to report on issues that affect them and their neighbors. With training from the Video Volunteers, local video producers are changing the dominant model of media in the country to make it more democratic and diverse.

Mukesh Rajak, from the eastern state of Jharkand makes an unlikely activist in India. Born poor and Dalit, Rajak faced a life of discrimination with little access to education and developmental resources. Yet despite not being born into the “right caste”, Rajak has improved the schools in his village with the aid of a video camera.

I had done a video on this school reporting that the teachers employed were taking bribes from students for teaching and conducting examinations,” explained Rajak proudly. “I showed it to the Block Education Officer. She saw this video and came to visit the village school. She demoted the headmaster of the school and now no teacher asks for bribes. Students are happy that they can now study for free”.

Rajak produced the video as a community correspondent for “India Unheard” a relatively new community news service. Launched in February 2010, India Unheard has community correspondents in every state in India reporting on issues ranging from poverty and human rights to local culture.

IndiaUnheard” is one of several citizen journalism projects in the country established by Video Volunteers, a U.S.-based international organization that trains people from disadvantaged communities to create their own locally relevant and locally produced media. In India, Video Volunteers operates an intensive training in all aspects of video production for aspiring correspondents for “IndiaUnheard” and others interested in video journalism.

Journalists from all walks of life

Through its training efforts in India, Video Volunteers has created “the largest, most diverse network” of community video producers anywhere in the world, according to Video Volunteers Communication Manager Siddarth Pillai.

Nearly 200 villagers and slum dwellers—former diamond polishers, rickshaw drivers and day laborers – are currently working as community producers”, Pillai said in an email interview.  Pillai explained that more than 50 percent of these producers are women, and also come from communities “most affected by human and civil rights violations”, namely Dalits, Muslims and Tribal people.

After training, some of the producers work for Video Volunteers’ Community Video Units. These locally owned and managed units are set up in areas that rarely receive coverage from the mainstream media. They produce community-specific news and documentaries.

(Source: AudienceScapes)

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 Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Five United Nations agencies have banded together to call for urgently addressing gender-biased sex selection favouring boys, a common practice in many parts of South, East and Central Asia that they say fuels a culture of discrimination and violence.

“Sex selection in favour of boys is a symptom of pervasive social, cultural, political and economic injustices against women, and a manifest violation of women’s human rights”, says a statement issued by the agencies, which have reviewed the evidence behind the causes, consequences and lessons learned regarding “son preference”.

Often under intense pressure to produce a son, women seek to discover the sex of a foetus through ultrasound. The discovery of a female foetus can then lead to its abortion. Sex selection can also take place before a pregnancy is established, or after the birth of a girl, through child neglect or infanticide, they add. Over decades, the practice has caused a sex-ratio imbalance in many countries particularly in South Asia, East Asia and Central Asia – with ratios in some places as high as 130 boys for every 100 girls.

“There is huge pressure on women to produce sons… which not only directly affects women’s reproductive decisions, with implications for their health and survival, but also puts women in a position where they must perpetuate the lower status of girls through son preference”, they say.

“It is also women who have to bear the consequences of giving birth to an unwanted girl child. These consequences can include violence, abandonment, divorce or even death”, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The imbalance between the number of men and women owing to sex selection can in some areas lead to the trafficking of women for forced marriages from other regions or the sharing of brides among brothers, the agencies point out.

“Renewed and concerted efforts are needed by governments and civil society to address the deeply rooted gender discrimination which lies at the heart of sex selection”, the experts noted.

They propose concrete steps to tackle the problem, including the collection of more reliable data on the extent of the problem and the factors driving it; guidelines on the use of technology for health professionals; supportive measures for girls and women, such as incentives for families with only daughters; and other legal and awareness-raising actions.

(Source: UN News Centre)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:48:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Film Forum, talks, concerts, exhibitions and awareness-raising circuit are part of the activities organized to celebrate the two year period without barriers CANTV, which allows training and awareness servers and public servants on the proper treatment of persons with disabilities.

In the framework of “Cantv sin Barreras” from Monday 13 to Friday June 17th will be held at the headquarters of the telecommunications company a week dedicated to inclusion and disability awareness.

These activities begin in the auditorium with the authorities of CANTV and various papers as: Rights and duties of persons with disabilities, access to work, Prevention, Health Education, Sex and Disability, Accessibility, What's happening in Venezuela?, barriers, discrimination and indolence, among others.

Also there will be carried out the photographic exhibition "Our Interior Sense", which is the result of Blind Photography workshop made by public servants of the company.

These meetings promote the exchange of information, knowledge and experience to forge a new way to interact and understand the disability as a condition but not an impediment to development

With initiatives like this, CANTV is increasingly integrating their public servers and activities to raise awareness of the need for inclusion, awareness and potential of persons with disabilities.

(Source: CANTV)

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 Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MTPE rescues 10.084 children who had been working and punish to 168 companies

A few hours after the celebration of the World Day Against Child Labour, the Ministry of Labour and Women's led a social urban awareness intervention about the magnitude of this problem that affects the future of more than two million children and adolescents between 6 and 17 years old, according to the National Household Survey 2008 of the National Statistics Institute (INEI). The conference, which had the slogan "Men at Work, children studying" and "Women at Work, girls at school" was conducted in 150 corners of the country in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Eradication of Child Labour (CPETI) and the Telefónica Foundation.

Thus,they distributed material about the problem of children labor and the need to eradicate it, and spread, through posters, the need for children to study. Characterization was also associated with child labor jobs such as cleaning cars and selling candy in the streets.

Participants included officials from the involved institutions, artists and persons discharged from the Program “Proniñothat Telefónica Foundation runs to insert into education to working children.

(Source: El Peruano NewsPaper)

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 Monday, June 13, 2011

The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.

People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners.

This pioneering World report on disability will make a significant contribution to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the intersection of public health, human rights and development, the report is set to become a "must have" resource for policy-makers, service providers, professionals, and advocates for people with disabilities and their families.

(Source: World Health Organization)

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Monday, June 13, 2011 5:43:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

With flexible hours and from the comfort of your home or office, the population can enjoy, in the second half of the year, the most varied courses in telecommunications, that CONATEL through CEDITEL offered for those interested in studying in the form of distance or semi personal learning, thanks to the virtual platform SAD (Distance Learning System), developed by the institution.

From July 5, the Centre for Telecommunications and Information Development, Ceditel, plans to offer courses about the Law of Social Responsibility in Radio, Television and Electronic Media, Education Development, Accounting for Social Organizations and Basic Tool Open Office.

Regarding telecommunications, the community can deepen their learning on Wireless Local Area Networks and Person, Technology and Basic Telecommunications Services and the Computer and Communications Security.

Also, the training offered by CEDITEL highlights the study Model of Community Media, to publicize the promotion and strengthening of People's Power through these media.

SAD, brings a new image, offering to users an educational portal, more intuitive, to only one-click information to facilitate all processes related to registration and classification of information content as well as the latest in news in the virtual world.

The online course offerings for the period of June to November 2011, is now available on the website www.conatel.gob.ve. For more information, enter to http://sad.ceditel.gob.ve/sad/

(Source: Conatel – Venezuela)

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 Saturday, June 11, 2011

This Saturday June 11th there will be an expert panel for “Vive Digital TV” from ICT Ministry, which is transmitting every Saturday by the Institutional Channel. In this issue, parents can discuss with the invited experts, the risks faced by their children when surfing the Internet.

The Program "Vive Digital" expert panel is led by the Ministry on ICT, María Carolina Hoyos Turbay and this time with the participation of two experts on the protection of children's rights, Senator Gilma Jimenez, and Freddy Bautista, Head of the Dijin cybercrime.

During this half hour, they will discuss the attitude that parents should take to protected against activities that develop their children on the web. Also discuss the technological tools that exist to prevent children from entering malicious sites that could put on risk their personal security.

In terms of laws, experts will present the measures that have being advanced to prevent the vulnerability of the rights of children via the Internet. For her part the Minister Hoyos Turbay, will present the progress of "Healthy Internet", an initiative that guides parents and children on digital behaviors to be taken while browsing the Internet. www.tus10comportamientosdigitales.com

(Source: Mintic - Colombia)

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Saturday, June 11, 2011 10:58:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The new internet portal "Citizenship 2.0-transforming Latin America", was launched on Monday, May 30. Its aim is to encourage participation of citizens, especially young people, in the preparatory discussions of the XXI Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, whose central theme will be "State Transformation and Development" which will be held in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 28 and October 29, 2011.
 
This project is an initiative of the General Iberoamerican Secretary, Enrique V. Iglesias, who aims to encourage citizen participation in the issues being discussed at the Summit
, as well as boosting the use of new information technologies and social networks. The portal is part of a plan of joint activities of the General Iberoamerican Secretariat and the Institute for Latin America at the University of Salamanca.
 

On Monday 30th also were launched two other priority activities within the project. The first is a Young Researchers Seminar about "Transforming the state and development." The second is an essay contest whose theme is "New strategies to strengthen the state and improve the conditions for development in Latin America." Both activities will have a specialized jury that will choose the best best paper. The award will be an invitation to attend the next Summit of Heads of State and Government.
 

During the coming months, workshops of Debate 2.0 will be held in four Latin American cities (Quito, Cordoba, Mexico and São Paulo), from which further discussions will also be presented to the Summit. They will complement the "Recommendation Document" prepared by the participants of the first Workshop Salamanca 2.0, held in the Latin American Institute at the University of Salamanca on 23 May 2011. To access: http://www.ciudadania20.org/

(Source: SEGIB)


Wednesday, June 08, 2011 2:34:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 06, 2011
New Broadband Commission report advocates catalytic mix of appropriate technologies, innovative financing, training and locally relevant content

Governments around the world need to rapidly formulate and implement national multi-sectoral broadband plans – or risk being seriously disadvantaged in today’s increasingly high-speed digital environment, according to a new report released today by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development at its third meeting, held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The report, entitled Broadband: A Platform for Progress, argues: “To optimize the benefits to society, broadband should be coordinated on a countrywide basis, promoting facilities-based competition and with policies encouraging service providers to offer access on fair market terms...efforts should be coordinated across all sectors of industry, administration and the economy. Developing isolated projects or piecemeal, duplicated networks is not only inefficient, it delays provision of infrastructure that is becoming as crucial in the modern world as roads or electricity supplies.”

The report also makes a strong case for broadband as a driver of economic growth and new jobs, citing country case studies and reports by leading consultancies.

One study suggests that in China, for instance, every 10% increase in broadband penetration could contribute an extra 2.5% to GDP growth. Other data cited in the report suggest that, for low- and middle-income countries, a 10-percentage-point rise in broadband penetration could add up to a 1.4-percentage point rise in economic growth.

Concerning jobs, an analysis for the European Commission estimates that broadband could create more than two million jobs in Europe by 2015, while a study in Brazil reports that access to broadband has already added up to 1.4% to the employment growth rate.

Offering much more than faster access to web pages, broadband networks are a crucial element of the ‘Internet of Things’, by which ordinary inanimate objects communicate with one another using technologies like RFID, without the need for human intervention. Such networks are already revolutionizing inventory control and fleet management, and are set to play a growing role in key social sectors like healthcare, through e-health applications, education, through remote learning and teacher training, and environmental management through applications like smart grids, monitoring systems and smart buildings.

(Source and Full Story)

Monday, June 06, 2011 5:41:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Plan “Vive Digital” from the ICT Ministry seeks to promote ICT access, use and massive appropriation of ICTs, through policies and programs to achieve progressive and sustainable levels of development in all departments of Colombia.
 
In pursuance of this strategy, they established the Plan "Vive Digital Regional" an initiative that seeks to bring to the next level of maturity of digital territories and aligned with the new government policies of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies. Also, the new initiative is supported by an alliance with “Colciencias” and “Fidubogotá”, as the spokeswoman of the autonomous equity fund called National Funding for science, technology and innovation, Francisco José de Caldas.

This initiative aims to support plans for regional and municipal governments and their development plans and competitiveness through co-financing of projects promoting regional innovation and technological development through ICT. To achieve this, they promote synergies between the public sector, private sector and academia, as well as cooperation between regions and supporting the country's reconstruction following the rainy season in areas related to the objectives of the Ministry.

"Vive Digital Regional" articulates the development of Digital Ecosystem, in the 32 departments of Colombia and the Capital District through the support of government initiatives that require the use of ICT for effective development of their regions. It also provides the tools necessary to ensure that people take ownership of ICT and make use of its advantages in search of competitive development of their region.

(Source: MINTIC - Colombia)
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Monday, June 06, 2011 12:53:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 01, 2011

How can the ‘mobile miracle’ be replicated to extend broadband access to all?

Broadband is today’s transformational technology. By revolutionizing access to content and changing the delivery paradigms for a whole host of public and private sector services, it is becoming essential basic infrastructure for every country’s future development. Yet for the moment, access to high-speed Internet is very much a rich-world privilege. To truly harness the power of information and communication technologies to create tomorrow’s Knowledge Societies and meet the Millennium Development Goals, new approaches to driving broadband roll-out across economic barriers are urgently needed. This report looks at what broadband can bring, the state of deployment around the world, and innovative models that can help bring high-speed connectivity to the world’s poorest communities.

The report comes from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, led by ITU and UNESCO: www.broadbandcommission.org

The full report and Executive Summary will be available for download from 12:00 CET on Monday 6 June at: www.broadbandcommission.org/index.html#outcomes

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Established in 1946, UNESCO works for world peace and international understanding through its key programme areas: education, natural and social sciences, culture, and communication and information.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011 7:49:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 30, 2011
On Friday, Antel and the Administration of State Health Services (ASSE) presented Siembra”, a Desktop Computer System based on Medical Care Network.

This is a strategic venture for care in the public health system, which will allow doctors to access medical records of patients of ASSE electronically from anywhere in the country.

With the support of ANTEL, which will provide 3G connectivity, ASSE will link more than 800 service point’s country wide through 1,500 laptops that contain digitized medical records of each patient. The pilot will begin in the department of Artigas, will continue in Rivera and it is expected that within a year the system is operating in the department of Durazno and in the rest of the country. ASSE is working with the OPP in developing of a strategic plan. ASSE general manager, Enrique Buchino, said in a second stage that they pretend to
include hospitals, therefore providing data in case of hospitalization or surgery.

(Source: ElAcontecer Newspaper)
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 Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Spanish version of the popular online encyclopedia, which celebrates ten years, is trying to convince teachers to encourage their use in schools.

"Imagine a world in which every human being can freely share the sum of all knowledge", is the motto of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, the largest online collaborative project. Tomorrow will be ten years since an anonymous net-surfer opened the Wikipedia in Spanish with a small table called "countries of the world", an article that has been revised today more than 600 times and is part of the over 759,000 in the encyclopedia in this language.

Four months after the birth of her Anglo counterpart, soul and brain of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, gave his approval to developers to put up versions in other languages. The Spanish company now occupies the sixth place in number of articles and fight not stops growing while improving existing content.
To encourage growth, the Wikimedia Foundation refers to the number of Spanish speakers who can contribute. This represents a double-edged sword. There are over 450 million Spanish speakers and English speakers only 50 million more. However, the English Wikipedia has nearly five times more articles (3.6 million) than the Spanish version.

"Increasing participation is one of the five priorities of our strategic plan" can be read recently at the blog of the Wikimedia Foundation. To encourage Castilian edition, they reached an agreement in July last year with “Educared” from Telefonica Foundation. The agreement seeks to extend between the idea that teachers have to teach their students to enter articles in the Wikipedia. Thus, the encyclopedia could continue to grow while quality becomes a standard reference source.

The limited growth of Wikipedia, in the number of items, is not found only in the version in Castilian. The thesis, "Wikipedia: a quantitative analysis” by the researcher Felipe Ortega from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, shows that the number of users who created or expanded articles suffered a slowdown, which is interpreted as stability by their defenders. "The initial impetus for Wikipedia needed a global push, but now the encyclopedia includes almost everything. We must begin a stage of maturity, to improve existing items", says the director of education and knowledge network of the Foundation Telefonica, José de la Peña.

(Source: Publico News Paper)
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 Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education will be launched at a high level forum to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday 26 May.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will welcome participants to the event, followed by opening remarks from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The keynote speech for the Forum will be made by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.  

Prime Minister of Mali Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, the Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network Foundation, and representatives  of several corporate giants participating in the partnership including Nokia, Procter and Gamble, GEMS Education, Microsoft and the Packard Foundation, will also participate.  

Globally, some 39 million girls of lower secondary age are currently not enrolled in either primary or secondary education, while two thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults are women. Only about one third of countries have achieved gender parity at secondary level.  

‘Better Life, Better Future’ will seek collaborative and innovative solutions to the most fundamental obstacles and challenges to education for women and adolescent girls. A number of projects are already underway in several countries.

(Source: UNESCO)
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Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:04:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 25, 2011

To democratize the processes of access to information for citizens in the web portals of government agencies, the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society, through the Office of Electronic Government and Competitiveness, UNESCO and Research Center for Information Society IMAGINAR organized the workshop on "Usability of Government Web sites", on 17th, 18th and May 19th in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, respectively.

The workshop's objective was to incorporate and strengthen the criteria for usability of government websites to ensure citizens access to current information and timely; also, for facilitating the implementation process of public procedures in line with functionality and quality, to optimize time and resources, and benefit from the Information and Communication Technology.

Access to public information is a fundamental right of citizenship that can generate a culture of transparency and strengthens democracy. Therefore, the Government through the Ministry of Telecommunications, supports the use of ICT and considers the Electronic Government as a powerful tool to implement administrative reforms with numerous benefits such as efficiency and effectiveness, the transparency and democratic participation.

It is important to note that at the moment most of the public institutions have Web sites, through those they report its activities, its services and allow the completion of documents on line.

(Source: Mintel - Ecuador)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:30:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, May 22, 2011

- Two villages of "Wayuu" community will benefit. 
- In 2001 "La Guajira" registered 335 students for each computer, today the number is 22 and the target for the next four years is 12 children per computer.
- Around 6,000 computers were received by the department of La Guajira from this national program.

Computers for Schools” program from the ICT Ministry will present this Saturday, May 21st computers to three public educational centers in the capital of La Guajira, two located in villages, benefiting about 400 children from the Wayuu community.

Computers for Schools” have reached 100% of the municipalities of this area. However, not all sites located in 15 municipalities have full coverage. "We still have 52 seats for benefit and with the work made today; we started to reduce this gap. The goal we've set from the National Government is to reach 12 children per computer when we finish the next four years" said the Deputy Minister.

Guajira department was one of the most backward in terms of equipment per student, now in its campus-there are 22 children per computer, which means that it has reached over 80% of institutions in that department. This contrasts with the situation in 2001, when they started Computers for Schools, which registered 335 students for each computer.

Up to date, the ICT Ministry's program has benefited nearly 174,000 students with 5,990 computers delivered to 292 campus-La Guajira, which have supported the educational work of 3,726 teachers. "But more importantly we have also trained over 800 students in the incorporation of ICT, which makes it really add to the time to contribute to the quality of education in Colombia", noted the Program Director, Martha Castellanos.

(Source: Mintic - Colombia)

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 Saturday, May 21, 2011

The National Government "committed to bridging the digital gap in Panama announced an ambitious program of literacy and digital inclusion through “Senacyt Infoplazas 220”, that from now they will provide free Internet service around countrywide for the benefit of all Panamanians. The announcement was made by the president, Ricardo Martinelli during an event organized in the framework of the celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society.

Ruben Berrocal, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation said "we have reformed the management model and created a grant Infoplazas, an associated incentive plan based on productivity rates, which will allow Infoplazas Senacyt provide free Internet throughout the country".

The National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation in compliance with the National Strategic Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation (PENCYT 2010-2014) has opened 90 Infoplazas in the last two years. Berrocal added, "We are working to double the number of facilities in Panama for the year 2014".

The Infoplazas Senacyt are community centers for public access to information and knowledge through the use of information, training programs, and Internet access available to facilitate public access to new Information Technology and Communication (ICT ), particularly those with limited resources and are located in areas of difficult access, helping to bridge the digital gap and incorporating the knowledge society.
 
Eduardo Jaen, general manager of the National Authority for Government Innovation, said that "the country makes strides to close the digital gap with the announcement of this ambitious digital literacy program that includes free Internet access through the Infoplazas Senacyt National Network and the Internet For All. Starting today, all Panamanians will have access to a computer with Internet to process electronically with the government and businesses, raising the country's competitiveness".

The National Internet Network with more than 120 thousand registered users who use it regularly to access web pages, email and instant messaging services for free. Current access 655 sites in 22 cities are located in places of concentration of people such as schools and municipalities, libraries, community clubs, museums, health centers and hospitals. It was announced that there will be 1,000 National Internet access points by the end of 2011.

(Source: Presidence - Panama)

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 Friday, May 20, 2011

ITU announces significant new landmarks in the fight against cyberthreats

ITU has cemented new global partnerships designed to make cyberspace a safer, more secure place to be for consumers, businesses, and – most crucially – children and youth.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between ITU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at this year’s WSIS Forum event in Geneva will see the two organizations collaborate in assisting ITU and UN Member States mitigate the risks posed by cybercrime.

The MoU will enable the two bodies to work together to make available the necessary expertise and resources to establish legal measures and legislative frameworks at national level, for the benefit of all interested countries. It is the first time that two organizations within the UN system have formally agreed to cooperate at the global level on cybersecurity.

This new alliance with UNODC is a major milestone in implementing a coordinated global approach to an increasingly serious global problem. Together, our two agencies will generate powerful synergies that will help all interested countries fight the scourge of cyberthreats and cybercrime and create a safer online environment for all”, said ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré.

In line with its long tradition of public-private partnership, ITU has also signed an MoU with Symantec, a leading provider of security, storage and systems management solutions. ITU will use Symantec’s security intelligence, in the form of its quarterly Internet Security Threat Reports, to increase understanding of and readiness for cybersecurity risks.

By distributing this report – which captures data from across Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network – to interested Member States, ITU aims to help better prepare governments in developing and developed nations alike to respond to the ever-growing risk from malware, cyber attackers and information thieves. This will facilitate awareness raising and knowledge transfer, complementing the work of ITU and strengthening its effectiveness as a global forum for governments and private sector to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

Commenting on the partnership, Enrique Salem, President and Chief Executive Officer of Symantec, said: “Over the past year and a half, the researchers that make up Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network have noted a dramatic increase in the number of cyberattacks, as well as the growing sophistication and impact of threats. The partnership between ITU and Symantec will facilitate an increased understanding of cybersecurity risks and how they can be reduced, increasing confidence in new and emerging technologies and facilitating the evolution of the digital world”.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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 Thursday, May 19, 2011

Anar Foundation will expand its helpline to young people Quechua´s speaker who live at risk, thus they expected to be available to population of 1 million 270 thousand children, adolescents and youth, in most excluded areas of the country.

Under the slogan "Your voice will protect you", the foundation Anar expand its service line from Friday May 20th to all calls in Quechua to be made from landline or public telephone, conducted at national level, free of charge and confidential from Monday to Saturday (from 09:00 to 21:00).

Germán Guajardo, president of Telephone Anar said that the Quechua service arose from the need to expand the practice of counseling psychology with an inclusive approach that benefits the most excluded populations in the country, figures that come to 850 thousand children 420 thousand adolescents and young people, according to statistics from INEI (2007).
He noted that from July 1998 until April 2011, 342.478 calls were received nationwide.

The most recurrent problems reported by children and adolescents are physical violence, psychological and sexual problems; and difficulties with their parents as well as psychological problems.

These cases are treated with due confidentiality,
they receive support and guidance that they need to strengthen personal aspects of the victim by promoting a culture of peace and good deal with zero tolerance for violence.

Finally,
Mr. Guajardo said that any request, advice or guidance needed by children and young people can also be performed via email, entering in the www.anarperu.org website, in the link: “Need help?”.

(Source: Andina News)

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 The Minister Errazuriz said "it will be a real transformation, a connectivity revolution".

With a commitment to have all educational establishments connected to broadband in March 2012, the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Pedro Pablo Errazuriz, with his pair of Education, Joaquin Lavin, visited the School República of Paraguay in Recoleta, where they shared with students and where they have seen the areas with some technological advances.
 
The Minister Errazuriz stressed the objective of this initiative: "We want ev
eryone in Chile have these same tools and time to reach the knowledge revolution. This is a true transformation, a connectivity revolution". "I opened the bidding that will allow us to fulfill this presidential commitment. Reaching this year with high-quality broadband to 90% of students in the country and complete 100% by 2012", said Errazuriz.

Minister Lavin said that "for the Ministry of Education this is very important because it means that in March 2012 all schools in Chile will have broadband internet. And when we say all, is all, even some school of the rural or more remote areas with satellite connection”. The Education Minister noted the work that they have being done through links, asserting that "Chile is reaching a level of 10 children per computer. There are 3 and a half million students and 350 thousand computers in schools. In all, notebooks, netbook, and a standard of 10 children per computer for a computer is quite reasonable compared with other countries".

Currently, 5,600 schools have some connection to the Internet but without quality guaranteed, through this program will raise the standards of these schools, also the schools without connectivity, will be connected, and reaching a universe of more than 11,600 establishments.

For the implementation of this project will be used in 2011 about $ 7 billion and a similar public investment figure in 2012, through the Global Telecommunication Development. 
"Additionally, we will have for the first time the online system monitoring and control to ensure full compliance with the quality of broadband service contract, which will connect all schools. So we can ensure that resources invested by the State and the objectives of this initiative are effectively met", concluded the Minister Errazuriz.

(Source: Subtel - Chile)

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 Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The American Community of Nations held on May 17th the seventh edition of the World Internet Day with over 300 activities and events in 23 countries. The event already has more than 800 developers worldwide who join all kinds of organizations with a common goal: to bring new technologies to the unconnected and develop the use of the Internet to the public.

The Seventh Internet Day Edition puts its focus on the debate about how the Internet and new technologies affect human rights. The Senate will host the main events of Awards and plenary discussion that will be attended by leading figures such as Eduard Punset, science writer, Rosa Conde, President of the Fundación Carolina, Jordi Sevilla, former government minister and the journalist Nacho Escolar, among others.

The debate will be broadcast live over the Internet. To guide the conversation, the speakers will leave the more than 300 contributions that users around the world are stuck in the wall of Rights, the wall that will remain open to encourage citizen participation and may enter the conversation by using the tag #Internet Day in Twitter.

Internet connects us with Latin America. Latin America is also very present in this edition of Internet Day with activities aimed at using social networks as a meeting point among all Spanish-speaking countries.

Fundèu BBVA Foundation celebrates anniversary with an open debate on the use of Spanish in new media from www.manualdeestilo.com work. This portal is the embryo of what will be the 'Manual of Style for new media' that BBVA Fundèu prepared with contributions from Internet users. The workshop will be led by Mario Tascon (@mtascon), and will be attended by Antonio Fraguas (@forges), the content director of Hypertext, Marilín Gonzalo (@ marilink) or the Mexican writer Cristina Rivera Garza (@criveragarza).

(Sources: diadelainternet.org and Ahciet)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:29:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, May 15, 2011

In northern Ghana, a “bottom-up” approach to improving the health and environment of rural villages is logging positive results. ICT interventions relying on mobile technology and e-learning play a big role in implementation.

A project in Ghana seeks to improve the lives of rural villagers by marrying information and communication technologies with the use of “change agents” – selected community members who receive special training. Operating out of their head office in Kumasi, near the middle of the country, the eCAP Ghana Foundation works in the northern villages of Niliyungdo and Nagbi. The project focuses on topics related to health, the environment, microfinance and education.

The transformation of one of the participating villages has been “remarkable”, according to Eva Kagiri, who works for eCAP’s international partner, the Swedish NGO MKFC. In an April interview with ICTWorks , Kagiri described how eCAP trained three young men to be change agents. They then taught village residents in Niliyungdo how to clean water using the “solar disinfection method”, and about waste disposal and environmental issues to avoid spread of diseases. To convey information to residents in an engaging manner, the young men used using role play, pictures and videos.

“We learned how to clean our water,” a female resident of Niliyungdo later told the eCAP team. “We also learned to keep our water covered. Some of us who did not believe what we were doing would make a difference now believe. We are no longer going to the hospital because of the sickness from the water“. Explaining their approach to implementation, Kay Obiri-Mainoo, the Project Coordinator of eCAP Ghana, says they try to establish a close bond with community members so that they feel comfortable opening up and talking about anything that might be bothering them. Obiri-Mainoo also emphasized that his organization believes in the “bottom-up approach,” where they target and train individuals and later scale up to the larger community.

The goal of the project is not only to encourage positive change in the lives of community members themselves. The project also prepares these communities to become agents of change and pass knowledge on to other communities within their district. One of the project’s biggest challenges, says Obiri-Mainoo, has been language barriers. Facilitators often do not speak the local dialect of the communities where they are working, thus forcing them to rely on an interpreter which sometimes complicates the flow of communication.

In addition to video, mobile phone technology is central to the project. In between visits to the village, team members stay in touch by communicating with community leaders, chiefs, teachers and opinion leaders through mobile phones. Typical mobile correspondences are done by either text message or voice calls. The project also uses mobile phones as a broadcast mechanism for sending out regular reminders. For example, text messages are sent to the community to remind them to disinfect their water using the solar method. Mobile phones invariably save project facilitators time and travel costs.  

(Source: AudienceScapes)

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:56:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 13, 2011

People living in the poorest countries in the world are benefiting from a ‘mobile cellular miracle’ which has seen access to voice and simple data connectivity rise from an LDC average of 1.2% of the population to almost 30% in just ten years, according to figures released by ITU at the LDC IV conference this week.

This steep rise in phone connectivity far exceeds the targets set out in the LDC III Brussels Programme of Action, which called for average telephone density in LDCs to reach 5% by 2011.

The democratization and rapid spread of mobile cellular technology – which, in 2001, was still considered the province of people in wealthy countries – has transformed the ICT landscape in the world’s 48 UN-designated Least Developed Countries, bringing connectivity to almost 250 million people in LDCs.

ITU’s latest analysis of strategies to boost ICT penetration and leverage this to accelerate development in other economic and social sectors was also released at the conference, in the form of two new reports: ICTs and Telecommunications in Least Developed Countries and The Role of ICT in Advancing Growth in Least Developed Countries.

ITU figures confirm that while the number of fixed lines has barely risen in LDCs over the past decade, reflecting global trends, mobile access has mushroomed, with cumulative annual growth rates over the past five years of 42.6% in LDCs compared to just 7.1% in developed countries.

In 2009, only a tiny handful of LDCs – Myanmar, Kiribati, Eritrea and Ethiopia – still had mobile penetration below the LDC III target of 5% – and that number is expected to shrink further by mid-2010.

But still far too few Internet users in LDCs

The past decade has also seen significant progress in getting people in LDCs online, with 2.5% average Internet penetration by the end of 2010, compared to under 0.3% in 2001. But that is nothing like enough, according to ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, and remains well below the Brussels III target of 10%.

People ask me if Internet penetration is really such a high priority for people who, on a daily basis, face a lack of safe drinking water, rising food prices, and a chronic shortage of healthcare,” said Dr Touré. “My answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Because the Internet – and especially broadband – is an extraordinary enabler which has potential to massively expand the effective delivery of vital services, such as healthcare and education. Nowhere is this more important than in countries where people are chronically deprived of these services”.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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Friday, May 13, 2011 8:58:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

17th May marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.

This year, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day highlight the theme “Better life in rural communities with ICTs”, which was adopted by ITU Council in 2009 and follows up on the theme for 2010: “Better city, better life with ICTs”.

ICTs are increasingly in demand to meet the Millennium Development Goals. In the rural context, ICTs provide enhanced opportunities to generate income and combat poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy.

Half the world’s population resides in rural districts and far flung communities. This half — three billion people — represent the poorer, less educated, and more deprived cousins of our urban citizens. Indeed, latest figures indicate that as many as 70 per cent of the developing world’s 1.4 billion extremely poor people live in rural areas. They are also among the least connected to the benefits of ICTs. We cannot allow this situation to continue.

As the leading specialized agency of the United Nations for information and communication technologies (ICT), ITU looks towards its Members to raise awareness of the role of ICTs in creating fresh opportunities for a better life through long-term, sustainable development, not least among the most vulnerable sections of our society.

ICTs and related e-applications are key instruments in improving governance and rural services, such as providing community health care, safe drinking water and sanitation, education, food and shelter; improving maternal health and reducing child mortality; empowering women and the more vulnerable members of society; and ensuring environmental sustainability. As ICTs increasingly dictate lifestyles and behavior patterns and power the growth of trade and commerce, rural communities must not be allowed to fall behind cities in their quest for connectivity.

Source: ITU Events)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:01:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the chat will help from now to prevent and address violence against women as part of the campaign “if they love you, they should love you well”, developed by the Ministry of Women and Social Development (Mimdes)of Peru. The Minister of Mimdes, Virginia Borra, today launched the preventive campaign against violence through electronic means, considering the large influence that those have among youth.

"Currently, in Peru there are over three million users of Facebook, of which the majority is composed by young and just 30 percent of cases of violence treated in emergency centers woman is young victims aged between 13 and 25 years old".

Borra explained that from now is available to enter the on the ministry's website and link to the “Chat 100” section, where you can anonymously seek help from a specialist.
"Here there will be no records of names, so this means you can go to calmly explain your situation to the professionals who attend from 08:00 to 22:00 hours", explained the minister.

Also, if you prefer contact through Facebook and Twitter can be added or follow “sitkiernktkieranbien” account to access communication and receive professional advice on the subject to exit or overcome any situation of violence.

You can also find news, prevention messages, pictures and videos on the subject, which aims to raise awareness about the need to combat violence against women. "Do not forget that the whole issue of violence starts with stressful situations, with small disagreements and minor conflicts unresolved, which may come to physical and verbal aggression and lawlessness".

Borra insisted that it is important that when you start a process of violence, this has to be reported immediately to avoid extreme cases, as many femicide and attempted killings that happen in the country.

(Source: Andina News)

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:40:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Senior United Nations officials today stressed the need to promote the participation of women in decision-making, noting that democracy and gender equality are interlinked and mutually reinforcing.

“While women’s political participation improves democracy, the reverse is also true: democracy is an incubator for gender equality,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks at a roundtable held at UN Headquarters on gender equality and democracy.

“It provides public space for discussion of human rights and women’s empowerment. It enables women’s groups to mobilize. It makes it easier for women to realize their political, civil, economic and social rights.”

He told participants at the event, which included representatives from various UN departments and entities, as well as the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, that one need look no further than the daily headlines to see the timeliness of today’s gathering.
 
“Women were among those who marched in Côte d’Ivoire to uphold the democratic will of the people – with several of them killed for making that stand,” said Mr. Ban. “In Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere, women have been among those in the vanguard demanding change, rights, dignity, and opportunity.”

Noting gender inequality in decision-making remains a great impediment to democracy, the Secretary-General said more must be done to address the gender gap in democratic participation.

(Source: UN News Centre)

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:26:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 05, 2011

Based on the AudienceScapes nationally representative survey of Tanzania, conducted in July 2010.

The report focuses on how people of different social groups in Tanzania consume, share and assess information on key health issues including HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Maternal and Child Health. Specifically, the report helps development organizations to identify health information needs for Tanzania adults and ways to share such information with key demographic groups.

There is inequitable access to health information in Tanzania - with significant differences between rural and urban dwellers and among socioeconomic groups. As in most developing countries, the rural residents or those of lower socioeconomic status are disadvantaged in terms of access to communication tools and health information in general. This report provides insights into how development practitioners should craft their health campaigns.

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Chapter 1 The General Health Landscape: an overview of self-reported health status and level of access to health services, and variations by socioeconomic groups;

Chapter 2 Health Information Gathering and Sharing: general access to and use of health information, as seen through the prism of the rural-urban divide and the gender gap in Tanzania;

Chapter 3 HIV/AIDS Education: A Demand for Better Information, with a focus on vulnerable populations;

Chapter 4 Malaria Education: Tapping Into All Means of Outreach, exploring the rural-urban divide and the gender gap;

Chapter 5 Family Planning And Maternal And Child Health: The Need for a Holistic Approach, with a focus on reproductive-age women;

This report draws from a nationally representative survey of Tanzanian individuals, conducted in July 2010. The survey included modules on access to information sources generally as well as access to information about health-related issues, plus questions about trust in various information sources and use of word-of-mouth networks to stay informed about health issues. The survey was based on face-to-face interviews and covered all regions of the country.

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(Source: AudienceScapes)

Thursday, May 05, 2011 5:16:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The FAO-Dimitra Project, a participatory information and communication initiative whose goal is to improve the visibility of rural men and women, recently launched “Communicating Gender for Rural Development: Integrating Gender in Communication for Development.” This handbook is designed for all development practitioners (not only communication/ information specialists) and was born out of the observation that all too often, gender is overlooked in the design of communication initiatives for development in rural areas and that rural populations, women particularly, are rarely viewed as primary sources of information. This has an impact on the action of communication with consequences that vary from reduced efficiency to adverse results.

The publication reviews the concepts and approaches of gender and communication and the reasons for including gender in communication for development initiatives in rural areas; it also provides practical guidance on achieving this successfully.

Unlike conventional communication initiatives that often deliver top-down messages to a sometimes passive audience, communication for development initiatives are based on a dialogue process that aims to achieve sustainable changes within a community. They are implemented on the premise that change will take hold only if the community takes ownership. Therefore, this type of initiative promotes a participatory process that involves all the members of the target population from the start and empowers them to shape the project as it unfolds.

Rural populations face serious challenges in accessing information and means of communication: they are geographically isolated with very limited access to services and infrastructure, have low rates of literacy and no possibility to seek out information, and their knowledge and skills are for the most part undervalued and unsolicited. Rural women, particularly, are disadvantaged. Customary practices often prevent them from accessing education and participating in public life, farmers’ organizations, and decision-making authorities such as village councils.

(Source: FAO - Gender)

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Thursday, May 05, 2011 5:00:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The UN Programme on Youth (UNPY) is hosting a briefing session on Empowering Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Girls and Young Women, in the context of the International Year of Youth. Kicking off the session will be the presentation of a video followed by a panel discussion with young people, civil society and UN experts. The panel, which will be moderated by Ms Susana Vas Patto from the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the UN, will discuss the root causes of disadvantage and vulnerability in girls and young women and will explore mechanisms for improving their participation in society, through active leadership, education and access to basic services.

Please join us in discussing the importance of enhancing opportunities for girls and young women:

Ms. Susana Vaz Patto, Moderator, Permanent Mission of Portugal to the UN

Ms. Sylvia Wong, Technical Specialist on Adolescents/Youth, UNFPA

Mr. Jimmie Briggs, Executive Director, Man Up Campaign

Ms. Itzel Delgado, Teen Advisor, Girl Up Campaign

Video Presentation and Monologue Readings, V‐Girls, V‐Day

Investing in adolescent girls and young women is key to development and a priority of the UN system. Furthermore, ensuring the participation of girls and young women at all levels is central to the International Year of Youth. Girls and young women can face disadvantage and vulnerability for a multitude of reasons, including poverty, lack access to education and health care, violence and conflict. These factors serve to limit the chances of girls and young women to actively participate in society, exposing them to greater vulnerability and marginalization. Through education, awareness raising and enhanced participatory opportunities, young women’s role in society can be greatly improved. The promotion of education for girls and young women as well as the development of young women as leaders are some of the tools which ensure young women role and visibility in society is strengthened.

(Source: International Year of Youth - IYY)

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011 4:57:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
ITU and the Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) have inaugurated a project to connect 25 schools in Akuressa, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Under the “Connect a School, Connect a Community” initiative, ICT tools such as computers and printers as well as Internet connectivity will be provided.

Within the framework of a public-private-people’s partnership (4Ps) model, telecommunication operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and NGOs have joined the project as partners to assist in providing access to education through ICTs in the rural schools of Sri Lanka, ITU and the Telecom Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) have inaugurated a project to connect 25 schools in Akuressa, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Under the “Connect a School, Connect a Community” initiative, ICT tools such as computers and printers as well as Internet connectivity will be provided.

Within the framework of a public-private-people’s partnership (4Ps) model, telecommunication operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and NGOs have joined the project as partners to assist in providing access to education through ICTs in the rural schools of Sri Lanka, some of which are located in remote communities. This project aims to transform these schools into connected community ICT centres. Their long-term sustainability would provide a vital link to marginalized and vulnerable groups including children, women, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and those living in rural, remote and underserved areas of Sri Lanka.

In addition, Intel plans to offer training for 62 teachers at 31 schools through the Intel Teach programme, which helps teachers to be more effective educators. The programme entails training teachers to integrate technology into their lessons and to promote problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills among their students.

Appreciating the partnership and assistance extended by ITU, TRCSL, Intel and ADB, which funded a project to promote ICT education in rural areas of the island, the Secretary in the Ministry for Education of Sri Lanka, Mr H.M. Gunasekara said, “This initiative provided our school system with much needed ICT equipment, know-how and teacher empowerment to reach our national ICT goals.”

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:30:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
New recommendations calling for an unprecedented level of accountability to save the lives of more women and children in developing countries were agreed today by the United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health which met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These new approaches will help ensure that pledges are honoured and resources spent in the most effective way to save lives.

The ten recommendations include specific approaches to:

    * Help countries develop better ways of gathering important health data to improve understanding of health needs and where resources should be focused
    * Develop a coordinated system for tracking health spending on women and children
    * National and global oversight to establish a feedback mechanism that supports continuous improvement in delivery of health services for women and children

To better understand the current situation and impact of efforts, the Commission advised monitoring progress based on specific indicators, such as the number of women who have access to skilled care during childbirth and the number of children treated for pneumonia.

“All partners are mutually accountable for the promises they make and the health policies and programmes they design and implement,” said Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and co-chair of the Commission with Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister. “Tracking resources and results of public health spending is critical for transparency, credibility and ensuring that much-needed funds are used to save the lives of women and children.”
The recommendations, which come after more than five months of in-depth discussions and work across a high-level group of global leaders, were delivered at the conclusion of the second and final meeting of the Commission. The goal is to improve transparency, ensure consistency in reporting and more effectively track resources spent on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:21:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |