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Ghanaian business Easyerrands will run your errands for you while you work

A Ghanaian SME, Easyerrands combines knowledge work with errands to be a full stop shop. Easyerrands offers market research services to help you sell your products as best as possible. Easyerrands also offers simple errand services from grocery shopping to office supplies and even bringing condolences to loved ones in the hospital so you can free up your time in order to make your business successful.

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Powering ICTs with solar, grid, and diesel

In Nigeria, distributed solar power makes up for unreliable electricity access for powering ICTs in rural areas.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 15, 16:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

Regalado, Edith. 2010. “Up to 12-Hour Power Outages Still Hound Parts of Mindanao.” The Philippine Star, 30 Sept. Available at: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleid=616473

Fantsuam Foundation. 2006. “A Solar Powered Electricity Backup System" for Fantsuam Foundation’s Community Wireless Network – Project Proposal.”

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Localizing information to motivate community action

Panos London supports journalists 'translating' climate change summits for local contexts, helping make climate change information much more actionable for communities.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 13:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

WWF. 2008. “From Fossil to Future with Innovative ICT Solutions: Increased CO2 Emissions from ICT Needed to Save the Climate.” Technology for Better Business Outcomes, Barcelona, 17-19 March. Available at: http://www.pamlin.net/written/documents/Fossil2Future-WWF-ICT.pdf

Houghton, John. 2009. “ICT and the Environment in Developing Countries: An Overview of Opportunities and Developments.” Communications & Strategies, 1 (76) 39-60.


7. Ospina, Angelica Valeria and Richard Heeks. 2010. “Unveiling the Links Between ICTs & Climate Change in Developing Countries: A Scoping Study.” Centre for Development Informatics, University of Manchester. Available at: http://www.niccd.org/ScopingStudy.pdf

BCO Alliance.2009. “Planting the Knowledge Seed: Adapting to Climate Change Using ICTs.” Eds. Patrick P. Kalas and Alan Finlay. Available at: http://www.bcoalliance.org/Climate-Change


Osterwalder, Alexander. 2007. “ICT in Developing Countries: A Cross-Sectoral Snapshot.” Available at: http://www.hec.unil.ch/aosterwa/Documents/InternetInEmergingMarkets/Publications/ISGLOB03.pdf

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The Rice Knowledge Bank at forefront of leveraging ICT for rural rice farmers

The Rice Knowledge Bank uses ICT, participatory learning and good information design to educate rural rice farmers on agricultural best practices and market information. Its impact helps point to the power of addressing ICT literacy gaps.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

"The Rice Knowledge Bank (RKB) is a joint project between IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre. The RKB’s main objective is to make information as accessible as possible for farmers by:

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 9:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from UNCTAD. 2005. ICT and e-business: what developing countries stand to gain. Issues in Brief, 11, 1-2.

Internet World Stats. 2010. Internet Usage in Asia. Retrieved 20 December 2010 from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm

Jakarta Globe (2010a) SBY inaugurates ‘Blackout-Free’ Era. July 28. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/sby-inaugurates-blackout-free-era/388131

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A strategy for sustainable and equitable ICT deployment

After consideration of existing digital divides and the potential risks of ICT,
LKYSPP recommends six intervention points aimed to spreading benefits of ICT. This pushes a holistic picture of ICT that includes policies, tech infrastructure, and tech literacy. Small and medium enterprises and civil society groups have shown the way.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 8-10:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from UNCTAD. 2005. ICT and e-business: what developing countries stand to gain. Issues in Brief, 11, 1-2.

Internet World Stats. 2010. Internet Usage in Asia. Retrieved 20 December 2010 from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm

Jakarta Globe (2010a) SBY inaugurates ‘Blackout-Free’ Era. July 28. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/sby-inaugurates-blackout-free-era/388131

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ICT in development is a double-edged sword

ICT has been hailed as an engine of innovation and development, but poorly applied, it can reinforce existing inequalities and disproportionally benefit the urban elite.

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy writes,

"In large measure, development is a function of the ability of nation-states to engineer innovation, apply technology to economic activities, and increase productivity. ICT thus plays a crucial role in the development equation.

While ICT attracts a relatively low proportion of trade and investment in developing countries compared to traditional sectors such as

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LKYSPP Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin, December 2010, pg 4:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/LKYSPP_Dec2010.pdf

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

The World Bank. 2010. Employment in agriculture (% of total employment). Retrieved from

UNCTAD. 2005. ICT and e-business: what developing countries stand to
gain. Issues in Brief, 11, 1-2.

Internet World Stats. 2010. Internet Usage in Asia. Retrieved 20 December 2010 from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm

Jakarta Globe (2010a) SBY inaugurates ‘Blackout-Free’ Era. July 28. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/sby-inaugurates-blackout-free-era/388131

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Media, ICT as a Tool for Minority Empowerment in Morocco

"Morocco’s newly launched Tamazight TV channel aims to incorporate minority communities into mainstream culture and communication. The channel will conduct programs in the Berber dialect (Tamazight) which has been largely excluded from public and private institutions. As much as 28% of the country’s population only speaks Tamazight and the launch of this particular TV station points toward a larger trend in using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to represent the voice of the marginalized."

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E-governance in India expands, gets local

E-governance or the use of ICT in governance has been on the rise for many years in India, and its increasing reach is reaching states and villages and easing access to government.

The Strategic Foresight Group writes,

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The Strategic Foresight Group, July 2011 (pg. 2):
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_July2011.pdf#page=2

Manzar, Osama. Creating an alliance to bridge the digital divide LiveMint. 29 May 2011.
http://www.livemint.com/2011/05/29213331/Creating-an-alliance-to-bridge.html?h=D

‘Saraansh: A Compendium of Mission Mode Projects Under NeGP’. January 2011.
http://www.mit.gov.in/sites/upload_files/dit/files/Compendium_FINAL_Version_220211.pdf

Governance. IT For Change. http://www.itforchange.net/governance

Digital Panchayat. Digital Empowerment Forum. http://www.defindia.net/section_full_story.asp?id=1062

Monga, Anil. ‘E-Government in India: Opportunities and Challenges’. 2008.
http://joaag.com/uploads/5_Monga2EGov3_2_.pdf

Manzar, Osama. ‘Mobile governance and NeGP 2.0’. LiveMint. 16 May 2011.
http://www.livemint.com/2011/05/15201025/Mobile-governance-and-NeGP-20.html?h=B

‘National Innovation Council to create new service delivery systems’. Governance Knowledge
Centre. 3 October 2010. http://indiagovernance.gov.in/news.php?id=344

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Gulf Countries invest in ICT, forseeing a post-oil economy

"Since 2002, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have pooled in a substantial amount of their financial resources to diversify from oil dependent to knowledge-based economies. GCC countries have announced plans to invest around USD180 billion by 2012 in Information Communication Technology (ICT) to fuel their socio-economic growth and diversification.

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The Strategic Foresight Group, Middle-East Edition, May 2011, page 11-13: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_May2011.pdf#page=11

“Alarming rate of unemployment among UAE.” Emiratisation Now. 14 January, 2011. http://www.emiratisationnow.com/2011/01/alarming-rate-of-unemployment-among-uae.html

Dyes, Reena Amos. “GCC looks to ICT parks for economic diversification.” Emirates 24|7. 28 July 2009.
http://www.emirates247.com/2.277/technology/gcc-looks-to-ict-parks-for-economic- diversification-2009-07-28-1.29512

Dubai Internet City and Silicon Oasis employment. Dubai Online. http://www.dubai-online.com/jobs/information-technology.htm

“Employment and Salary Trends in the Gulf 2010-2011”. Gulf Talent. http://www.gulftalent.com/home/Employment-and-Salary-Trends-in-the-Gulf-2010-2011-Report- 26.html

“Meeting the Employment Challenge in GCC”. Booz and Company. http://www.booz.com/media/uploads/Meeting_the_Employment_Challenge_in_the_GCC.pdf

“Next Generation ICT parks bridging the Technology Gap”. Booz and Company. http://www.booz.com/media/uploads/Next_Generation_ICT_Parks.pdf

“ICT clusters keep to future of Middle-East region: DIC Chief”. Gulf in the Media: GCC Press Agencies. 24 October 2009. http://www.gulfinthemedia.com/index.php?m=gcc_press&id=2135344&cnt=205&lang=en&PHP SESSID=8

“Booz Allen Hamilton: ICT parks offer a fast-track development approach for the Middle-east”. AMEinfo. 7 September 2005. http://www.ameinfo.com/66995-more1.html

“Saudi Arabia - towards the Information Society”. Communications and Information Technology Commission, Saudi Arabia. Yesser, Saudi Arabia: e-government program. http://www.yesser.gov.sa/ar/mediacenter/DocLib1/ksa_to_information_society.pdf

Foot on the Gas: Managing Human Resources in the Middle-East. Hewitt Associates. Hewitt Associates.
http://www2.hewittassociates.com/Intl/AP/en- ME/KnowledgeCenter/ArticlesReports/foot_on_gas.aspx

Kapur, Shuchita. GCC ICT spends to see robust growth in next 3 years. Emirates 24|7. 1 February 2010. http://www.emirates247.com/2.273/uae-economy/gcc-ict-spend-to-see-robust-growth-in-next- three-years-2010-02-01-1.4173

GCC focus the economic challenge ahead. Gulf News: Business| Opinion. 2 January 2011. http://gulfnews.com/business/opinion/gcc-focus-the-economic-challenges-ahead-1.739257

Zain Saudi Arabia to connect people living in remote Saudi towns and villages. http://www.yahind.com/zain-saudi-arabia-to-connect-people-living-in-remote-saudi-towns- villages_5644.html

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Nigeria not ready/willing for ICT in general elections

The Center for Democracy and Development writes,

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The Center for Democracy and Development, April 2010, page 3: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_Apr2010.pdf#page=3

Universal Democracy? Prospects for a World Transformed - Larry Diamond, Joanne J. Meyers (http://www.cceia.org/resources/transcripts/4398.html)

A comparative series of national public attitude surveys on democracy, markets, and civil society in Africa - Afrobaromete. (http://www.afrobarometer.org/)

Democracy as a Universal Value - Amartya Sen (http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~dcrocker/Courses/Docs/Sen-Two%20Pieces%20on%20Democracy.pdf)

The Nation: http://thenationonlineng.net/web2/articles/38300/1/The-cost-of-democracy-in-Nigeria-since-1999/Page1.html

http://www.indian-elections.com/electoralsystem/electricvotingmachine.html

Electoral Commission of India: http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/faq/evm.asp

ISS: http://www.polity.org.za/article/cote-divoire-whose-election-is-it-anyway-2009-11-11
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