Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Small-scale businesses are drivers for growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. When these businesses succeed, so does the greater economy. IICD, a non-profit foundation that specializes in information and communication technologies as a tool for development, supports farmers, local entrepreneurs and youth in Africa to improve their business performance and income. Hundreds of Ghanaians in the Northern Region are receiving computer training from IICD to help them reach even more customers. Nearly all have seen great success.
Examples from the video succinctly show the benefits of ICT training. Agatha, a traditional weaver in Northern Ghana, has been trained by IICD to use computers. Her business skills are strong and she buys materials for her weaving online. She makes designs on the computer as well. Her costs have decreased and income has increased. Michael, a carpenter, has also benefited from the ICT training. He now uses computers to communicate with customers and look for jobs. Production has increased rapidly. Now, imagine the net economic result when hundreds of entrepreneurs utilize ICT to earn a living. What empowerment!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Space travel might be a bit difficult for many young Africans today, but what opportunities are there to hook them into applying science and technology to fix the continent's problems?
That is the mission Nasa robotics engineer Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu has set himself, hoping that more students across his native country will pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Akwasi Sarpong reports
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
HTW Shoe Story from VickieRemoe
Like most young Africans his age 28-year-old Fred Deegbe still lives at home with his parents in Tesano a suburb in Ghana’s capital of Accra. His bedroom is adjacent to the garage that Deegbe C.E.O of HTW short for Heel The World has converted into a production factory where he and his two managers supervise a half-dozen shoemakers to design what they are calling bespoke shoes.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Praekelt Foundation believes that mobile technology is reshaping the future of the African continent, and that we have a chance to guide that change, using this powerful new tool to improve the lives of people living in poverty and empowering them to take charge of their own wellbeing. We've created this video to spread the word, and we hope it helps us recruit more advocates for the power of mobile technology. The future starts here!
Friday, August 24, 2012
London may be host to the Olympics and paralympics but Bristol is the place to be if you are a sporty robot.
26 teams from around the world are currently competing in the FIRA RoboWorld Cup. More from http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/science/201208/92670.php
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The ever-growing demand for the latest fashionable mobile phone, flat screen TV or super-fast computer creates ever larger amounts of obsolete electronics that are often laden with toxic chemicals like lead, mercury and brominated flame retardants. Rather than being safely recycled, much of this e-waste gets dumped in developing countries.
Friday, April 27, 2012
How are the west's 'recycled' TVs and computers ending up in a toxic dump in Ghana? Dateline investigates the trade in e-waste which is poisoning a once picturesque part of Africa. For more on Giovana Vitola's story, go to the SBS Dateline website... http://bit.ly/oxkPWT
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
United through markets - Africa by moovon
The businesses, either producer cooperatives or agriculturally-linked enterprises, were supported by a project entitled ‘From thousands to millions: accelerating sustainable economic growth in West Africa’ (The 1000s+ project), coordinated by the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC). The project utilised a grassroots approach known as "Competitive Agricultural Systems and Enterprises” (CASE) and focused on agribusiness clusters consisting of the farmers, entrepreneurs, technical, financial and business development services that are involved in a particular commodity within a well-defined target region. To date, the CASE approach has been piloted in several West African countries, to the benefit of some 60,000 farmers, including many women.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
The St Basilide Vocational School in Kaleo, Upper West Ghana is using ICT since 2011.
They have received 20 computers from GIFEC, but no full time ICT teacher. A JICA
volunteer (from Japan) who barely speaks English teaches the students in basic ICT,
but she does not have time to teach the teachers as well. Peps-C will support the school
to integrate ICT in their classrooms both in the main subjects (Carpentry & Joinery,
Plumbing&Welding, Electrical Installation and Building& Construction, but also in
general subject under the Ghana Education Service. The school has 454 students,
with only 24 girls. The computer is used also in administration, but not networked
and without internet access. In the next yearteachers and administrators should be
able to improve their skills into teaching&learning and school administration.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The principal also mentioned how this could be integrated in the administration. The accountant shows that she already is doing the finances on her own laptop, but she still writes it manually in the books, because the auditors require this.
It is a traditional boys school with subjects like Carpentry, Auto mechanics, Construction (with plumbing, block making, etc). 10% of the students are girls.
St Anne is a vocational school for girls. they teach subjects as
Fashion and Design, traditional weaving and Catering.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Over 2000 students of three basic and junior high schools in Savelugu and
Tamale District, Ghana will get better access to educational information with
this project by using computers. Computers will be placed in the schools and
teachers are trained to use it in their courses. Students become better
educated and therefore have more chances to go to senior high school.
Teachers benefit as well because by using computers it will take them less
time to prepare classes notes, assignment etc. and will be better equiped to teach. To support this project!
and learning in the Nkwanta District (volta Region, Ghana) through ICT in three Basic & Junior High Schools, by Wadep a local NGO with support from Connect4Change (IICD, Edukans)
The Women and Development Project WADEP) is located in the northern part
of the Volta Region since 1995. This initiative came as a result of the abject poverty
which was analyzed as multidimensional, gendered, dynamic, complex and specific
as a result of the location of the district. Women bear the brunt of this as result of culture.
They work longer hours and days and had limited access to income earning
opportunities yet are responsible for meeting the needs of the household.
GINKS and IICD Prodcution 2012
Some Challenges of Saboba Medical Centre includes:
• Lack of space for archive
• Many patient records get lost
• Many patients forget cards, new record made without medical history
• Many manual entries at every department (Lab, Pharmacy, Theatre, Ward, Consulting, NHIS)
• Only 1 doctor, 70 – 90 beds
• Data entry once, filling reports to others automatically without additional actions
The Connect4Change programme from IICD and Cordaid will support CHAG and Saboba Medical
Centre in implementing a hospital management information system that will improve the medical
care of Saboba Medical Centre.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
THE MOBILE WEB from Duniamedia on Vimeo.
The mobile web revolution has already spread around the world.
The phase of it that we live in is where we see the internet hitting
critical mass based on the availability of web connectivity on mobile devices.
Data is widely available, and the costs continue to decrease at an alarming rate.
We’re seeing the disruption this is causing already, from businesses to consumers,
and within the political structures of entire countries.