"Dear Dr. Marlyn Tadros, This is to officially acknowledge the free website that your organization - Virtual Activism - offered to SWAPHEP. We are indeed grateful for this gesture, which has greatly enhanced our work and holds immense benefits to our NGO in the future. Once again, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, Board of Advisers, Management Committee and Staff of SWAPHEP, I thank you for this wonderful assistance. We wish you and the rest of the Virtual Activism team the very best in the year ahead."

-Hope E. Ogbeide. Director, SWAPHEP

ICT for Development

Core Indicators: The Partnership has developed a core list of ICT indicators to help countries track ICT infrastructure, access, and measure ICTs in households, enterprises, education, and government. The list is revised regularly and was endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission. [link]

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Open Letter to G8 meeting

Update: May 26, 2011 Text of the communique G8 DECLARATION : RENEWED COMMITMENT FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY [link]

 

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ICT for Development Partnerships and Poverty Reduction?

Dr. David J. Grimshaw, Head of International Programme, New Technologies, Practical Action, Technology Challenging Poverty reviewed the ICTAD report  to UNESCO during last week's WSIS 2011 on May 17th. The presentation and the participants gave excellent input into the issue of poverty reduction through ICT and to add to Gimshaw's presentations, here are two issues we need to take into consideration:

  • We need to think about resources available that are not necessarily tangible such as psychological resources
  • How to motivate people by LISTENING to them and spending time listening to their needs not what we think are their needs

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WSIS 2011 launched in Geneva

WSIS Forum 2011May 16- May 20th, 2011: The WSIS Forum has a multi-stakeholder character. The WSIS Stakeholders include governments, civil society, private sector and international organizations from all parts of the world. Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) provide the opportunity for representation and inclusion of all stakeholders in the

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World Press Freedom Day 2011

WPFD 2011May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. This year the theme is 21st C Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. For more info click here.

 
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