· October, 2009

Stories about Development from October, 2009

What future for ICT4D?

  12 October 2009

We know the capacity of mobile phones to affect human development. But that is last year's news. Some thinkers argue that we are on the verge of another round of technological changes that will force ICTs to evolve. What will ICTs for development look like in the next few years?

Sri Lanka: FarmerNet

  8 October 2009

LIRNE Asia blog informs that “the ICT arm of Sri Lanka’s largest community-based organization, Sarvodaya, launched its FarmerNet initiative last month”. FarmerNet is an online trading platform where the buyers and sellers can efficiently exchange information about produce bypassing middlemen.

Pakistan: WFP bombing

  7 October 2009

Last Monday, a suicide bomber detonated eight kilograms of explosives inside the Islamabad office of the World Food Program of United Nations which killed five people, including four Pakistanis. Kalsoom at CHUP! has details.

China: Plenty of trash to burn

  7 October 2009

As landfills run out of space and NIMBY protests occur across China, the number of trash incineration plants has increased in step. With one such plant planned for a densely-populated residential area in Guangzhou, locals have plenty of heated words for authorities.

Is Japan a dying nation?

  2 October 2009

Mari writes a brief response to the BBC's article “Is Japan a dying nation?” She agrees that the population is shrinking but believes that the country will be reborn in a new and smaller form.

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