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1 July 2007

Stories from 1 July 2007

Africa: 2007 AISI Media Awards

  1 July 2007

“The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and its partners are pleased to announce the 2007 AISI Media Awards,” writes the Nigerian blogger, Oro: “The Awards are aimed at individual journalists and media institutions based in Africa that are “promoting journalism which contributes to a better understanding of the information society...

Liberia: we gave you power, give us education

  1 July 2007

Liberia Stories writes about the protest by the students of the University of Liberia: “I was there in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, when hundreds of University of Liberia students took to the streets. They did it in support of their professors who are on strike until...

Japan: Fingerprinting coming soon

  1 July 2007

Turner at Keeping Pace In Japan writes about Japan's new fingerprinting system, set to commence in November of this year, which will apply to all foreign nationals entering the country.

Africa: the Hippos are not relevant in Africa

  1 July 2007

Is the Hippo generation becoming relevant in Africa? Imnakoya responds:”The Hippos are not becoming irrelevant as Hash emphatically states in his post; they continue to dominate core segments of the African public sector! And will not be made to disappear just by the abundant passion and creativity the Cheetahs possess.”

Malawi: Windmill genius, burying the first lady, and other things Malawian

  1 July 2007

The most exciting phenomenon in the Malawian blogosphere as I am writing is the 19-year-old William Kamkwamba. Five years ago, William dropped out of secondary school just after two terms due to lack of money for school fees. Visiting a nearby school library supplied by the Malawi Teacher Training Activity (MTTA), a USAID project, he one day found a book on how to make electricity using home-made materials, and today he has not only built a windmill that is attracting attention around the world, he was also given a standing ovation at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference, held June 4-7 in Arusha, Tanzania.

Africa: Africa Cookbook Project moving forward

  1 July 2007

TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania, gave birth to Africa Cookbook Project: “At TEDGLOBAL in Arusha, Tanzania in June, 2007, we launched the “Africa Cookbook Project,” whose goal is to archive African culinary writing and make it widely available on the continent and beyond. A database is being developed and copies...

Senegal: sustainable development: a lesson from solar project

  1 July 2007

Drawing lessons from a donor-funded solar project in rural Senegal, Afromusing discusses Bottom Up vs Top Down approach to development projects: “The project had good intentions it appears, what with the powerful image of a hut with a solar panel on its roof. As reported on the article, the project...

Rwanda: Rwanda, Knowledge Economy, and the East African Community

  1 July 2007

Why is Rwanda's membership in the East African Community important to ICT practitioners in the region?: “This is because Rwanda was developing its ICT industry before its regional neighbours had an inkling of the potential and competitive edge ICT gives nations. Rwanda has a knowledge-based economy that is only matched...

Uganda: Human ATMs

  1 July 2007

Emeka writes about an interesting financial transaction model in Uganda, which uses human beings as ATMs: “These ‘human ATMs’ are in fact shopkeepers or other small-business owners who are employed by UML as agents. Since they are located in the villages where UML’s clients live, they are much more convenient...

Africa: mobile phones are Africa's PC

  1 July 2007

White African sees mobile phones as the primary tool for web access in Africa: “Ever since I first heard someone mention that mobile phones were “Africa’s PC” I was hooked. I still am. My most recent trip to East and Southern Africa has done nothing but confirm my thoughts on...

Malawi: Upgrading the windmill made from local materials

  1 July 2007

William Kamkwamba, who built a windmill from local materials, writes about the work of upgrading the windmill and home power system: “1. First we planned the locations of all the new lights, switches and power outlets. 2. Then, we installed conduit and lighting, switch and outlet boxes throughout the house....

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