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Dossier November 2012

From 4G to MPedigree

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  A recent advert by a major mobile phone company in the UK showed a comely young lady dangerously leaning out of a window grabbing a mobile phone and looking for a better signal. “With us – the ad claimed – you will not have that problem, even inside a building”. Perhaps, but UK mobile…

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Ushaidi

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  Ushahidi means “testimony” in Swahili. It is also the name given to a platform initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the 2007/8 post-election fallout. The volunteer team behind Ushahidi developed a tool for Kenyans to report and map incidents of violence that they saw via text, email or the web.…

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ICT – Not only Kenya

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  With many on-going projects and planned ICT developments, Kenya has taken the lead in the digital race in Africa. Yet, projects to reduce the digital divide in Africa are not confined to the East African country. Interesting programs are found in the most unusual places. Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, is one of them.…

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ICT – Power to transform the continent

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  At the end of the last century, Sub-Saharan Africa had less phone fixed lines than Manhattan. Some claimed that the whole continent had less connectivity than Luxembourg, a tiny state even for European standards. Today the situation is changed. There are at least 600 million mobile phones working in the continent, and at least…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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