ICTs

Charity: Water is Creating Brand Love - Five Ways That Your NGO Can Follow Suit

There is a certain stigma around nonprofit organisations (NPOs). In the minds of many, charities are associated with poorly developed brand using amateur attempts at social media to ask for more money. Yet these NPOs are doing excellent and vital work across the globe and rely on public funding to do so. The problem comes in with communication. Too many organisations take good communication for granted and therefore fail to communicate their vision, needs and successes.

Africa Leads Cellular Health Technology Revolution

Necessity is the mother of invention - and in Africa, where high levels of disease threaten to engulf the continent - the medical profession is having to get creative.

According to Dr Sam Surka, researcher from the Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA), a case in point is the recent advances in cellphone technology and Mobile Health, or M-health, which are showing that an answer to Africa’s medical health needs may come from this most unlikely of sources.

Gauteng Public Schools Get Free Wi-Fi

Gauteng's finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe has announced that 2 200 provincial public schools will each receive free tablets, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Nkomfe says that Huawei Technologies will provide all the tablets and each school will receive 44 devices, adding that the tablets will remain the property of the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Cloudseed, who won the bid to provide connectivity for the network, will provide the core network which will comprise of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity to all 2 200 provincial public schools

Cyber Bullying on the Increase in South Africa

The extent of cyber bullying in South Africa is understated, but it is clear that the problem is growing, according to Riaan Rudman, lecturer at Stellenbosch University.

Rudman points out that, "The full extent of cyber bullying (being broadly defined) in South Africa is unclear. It is however clear that the phenomenon is growing."

He states that cyber bullying is broadly defined as personal harassment via a digital platform, including SMS, e-mail and social media networks.

Bloggers Protest the Blocking of Websites

According to Peter Adamu, a sizeable group of people calling themselves Zambian bloggers protested against the blocking of two critical website - Zambian Watchdog and Zambia Report - from domestic access in the country.

Adamu reports that the country’s ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government has hired Chinese and Russian squads to block websites writing on events in Zambia and exposing corruption of President Michael Sata and his family.

Mindset Network: Graphics Designer

Mindset Network is a nonprofit organisation that aims at personal, social and economic development of all people in Africa. Mindset uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support education in the schooling and health sectors.

Mindset is in the process of reviewing its current catalogue of Classroom Resources and bringing these in line with the new curriculum statements in terms of content and, to some extent, educational approach.

Mindset Network seeks to appoint a Graphics Designer, based in Johannesburg.

High Tech for Rural Development Actually Bridging the Divide?

Perhaps you’ve seen the meme image of the thatched roof mud hut almost buckling under the weight of a new satellite dish, usually appended with some pithy caption like ‘Priorities Fail’. It’s a funny image, but it’s also an increasingly visible paradox in developing countries looking to propel their economies forward and alleviate social problems with high tech accessories.

Kenya Balancing Act: Human Rights, Civil Society, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy

What are we to make of Uhuru Kenyatta's (and his fellow International Criminal Court (ICC) indictee, William Ruto's) recent election to the highest offices in Kenya? Many in the West consider the two to be warlords in suits, whose ignorant tribesmen followers would have voted for them if their fingernails were dripping blood. When I commented to a human rights activist that Kenyatta was fairly elected, he just said, wearily, "Hitler was elected too."

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