Empowering the Poor: ICT for Governance & Poverty Reduction – A Study of Rural Development Projects in India

This publication systematically analyzes 18 projects in India that uses information and communications technology (ICT) for the benefit of poor people, and provides recommendations on how ICT can be applied to the massive, widespread and seemingly intractable problems of poverty. The publication also ranks the projects by their relevance, service […]

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Communication for Empowerment in Lao PDR: An assessment of communication and media needs among ethnic peoples

Indigenous and ethnic peoples are highly marginalized and vulnerable. Largely excluded from mainstream development processes in many countries, their participation in decision-making and governance is limited. Many ethnic communities have neither the voice nor the means to influence and shape policies and outcomes affecting their lives. On 13 September 2007, the […]

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Gender and ICTs for Development: a global sourcebook

Introduction: Gender and ICTs for development: setting the context Helen Hambly Odame The effect of ICT on women’s enterprise creation: a practical example from China Li Guihuan E-business piloting and readiness for rural women weavers in Bhutan: lessons learned Minori Terada Fishers and radios: a case study of Radio Ada in Ghana […]

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ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for the Digital Divide: Theory and Perspectives

Chapter Abstracts Delineating the meaning and value of Development Informatics Graeme Johanson This chapter describes the field of Development Informatics as it has emerged in the past two decades, and highlights some of the strengths of its research and practices. It draws on the current literature and the expertise of […]

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Intellectual Property and Human Development: Current Trends and Future Scenarios

Prepared by PIIPA’s global team of IP professionals and partners in human development, this book examines the social impact of intellectual  property laws as they relate to health, food security, education, new technologies, preservation of bio-cultural heritage, and contemporary challenges in promoting the arts. It explores how intellectual property frameworks could […]

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Human–Computer Interaction and Global Development

A publication by Kentaro Toyama (2010) Abstract International development is concerned with making life better for the least privileged people of the world. Since the 1990s, HCI has engaged increasingly with development through an interdisciplinary field known as “information and communication technologies for development,” or ICT4D. This article overviews the […]

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Digital Preservation Technology for Cultural Heritage

“Digital Preservation Technology for Cultural Heritage” discusses the technology and processes in digital preservation of cultural heritage. It covers topics in five major areas: Digitization of cultural heritage Digital management in the cultural heritage preservation Restoration techniques for rigid solid relics Restoration techniques for paintings Digital museums It also includes […]

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WIPO Traditional Knowledge Documentation Toolkit

A wide range of tools and proposals have been developed over the past decade or so to protect traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) (including using classical IP systems, developing sui generis legislation, applying defensive protection instruments, among others). Special attention has been given to documentation and the […]

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Methodology of Collaborative Cultural Mapping

Or download in Portuguese >> Description: The Amazon conservation Team believes that the most effective way to protect the environement is to strengthen the indigenous peoples’ cultures working in three fundamental bases: map, manage and protecting. This book shows how ACT develops the Collaborative Cultural Mapping by providing capacity-building and […]

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Our Side of the Divide: African Perspectives on Information and Communication Technologies

Introduction This booklet is part of a broad strategy called ‘Speaking for Ourselves’. It recognises, that while the African perspective on the digital divide is underrepresented in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society, the people most directly affected by the digital divide have the best ideas, […]

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Digital Memories: Exploring Critical Issues

This publication is available through the Inter-Disciplinary Press(many good things there – definitely worth checking out). Contents Introduction Anna Maj and Daniel Riha Part I: Theories and Concepts in Digitizing Individual and Community Memory The Trouble with Memory: Reco(r)ding the Mind in Code Laura Schuster (New) Media and Representations of the […]

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There You Go!

A two-parter… take a moment to enjoy this sharp and satirical snapshot of development (There You Go! written and illustrated by Oren Ginzburg and published by Survival International in 2006) and then another few minutes to learn about Survival International’s work on behalf of tribal peoples worldwide. Click the button […]

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Participatory Learning and Action: Change at Hand – Web 2.0 for Development

A joint publication of The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) Table of Contents PART I: OVERVIEW 1. Change at hand: Web 2.0 for development Holly Ashley, Jon Corbett, Ben Garside, Dave Jones and Giacomo Rambaldi 2. The two […]

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Spider Stories 2011: ICT4D experiences, knowledge, & lessons learned

A publication of the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER) Contents Mapping the network and its activities ICT4Democracy in East Africa Network SMS for human rights Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) Uncharted waters – ICTs in human rights Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) The journey […]

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Other side of the divide: Latin-American and Caribbean Perspectives on the WSIS

Introduction The process generated around the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is an opportunity to present to the world the contributions that from Latin America and the Caribbean have been made in this respect. Diverse actors of this region of the planet have worked and work today in […]

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Acción comunitaria en la red (Community Action in the Net)

Español: La rápida adopción de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación, en todos los entornos sociales, ha comportado que las interacciones entre grupos dejen de circunscribirse en un espacio y tiempo determinados para tener lugar en cualquier parte y a cualquier hora. Presenta, pues, este libro una selección […]

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Accelerating Development Using the Web: Empowering Poor & Marginalized Populations

The World Wide Web Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Accelerating Development Using the Web: Empowering Poor and Marginalized Populations. Generously supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the book is a compendium of articles by recognized experts describing the real and potential effects of the World Wide Web in […]

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Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design

Foreword by William Drenttel | Illustrations by Ellen Lupton Available now | Paperback, 160 pages, 146 color illustrations About the Book From the back cover: “Some call it design for the greater good. Others call it social design. Whatever you call it, it’s clear that an altruistic impulse is on […]

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African Languages in a Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Language Computing

About the Book Offering practical approaches to finding a place for African languages in the information revolution, this overview lays the foundation for more effectively bridging the “digital divide” by finding new solutions to old problems. Conducted by the PanAfrican Localization project under the sponsorship of Canada’s International Development Research […]

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The Impact of Digital Technology on Indigenous Peoples

An excerpt from Ecoliterate Law: Globalization & the Transformation of Cultures & Humanity If indigenously founded Internet resources and technologies are any indication of Indigenous peoples’ willingness to embrace the technological era, the answer is that many Indigenous communities see telecommunication and computer technologies as a way to improve, rather than […]

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