Monthly Archives: September, 2016

I​CT: Innovations for Development​

September 27th, 2016 Posted by e-learning, ICT4D, Training 0 comments on “I​CT: Innovations for Development​”

The new edition of the long-term online training course ICT: Innovations for Development focused on the communication technologies begins on 31st of October.
Organised by ONG 2.0, the sessions are live and interactive with renowned international experts.
There are 20 full scholarships available, thanks to the support of Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia San Paolo.
Application deadline for scholarships: 9th October 2016

In the recent years, the ICTs (information and communication technologies) for development have promised the international cooperation to become more “fluid” and “open” (open-source technologies and creative commons licenses enabled individual persons, groups and organizations to have free access in various materials and products, inaccessible before).Further, the emergence of new techs such as drones, low-cost sensors, wearables and so on – the ICTs are opening up new horizons for development interventions. For instance, UNICEF and the Malawi’s government have started to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to reduce waiting times for HIV testing of infants. Or RapidPro – an online communication platform for those who want to create an app about social issues in few steps. Examples are unlimited: from the environmental movement Science for Change Kosovo, that monitors and reports the atmosphere pollution by means of a crowdsourcing platform, to Kilimo Salama (“Safe Agriculture”), a project for smallholders who can ensure their products through SMS while the insurance company checks the forecasts with weather satellites.
To respond to these new trends and progresses in the field of ICT for Development, as well as to offer new opportunity for young professionals, particularly for those from Global South, the ONG2.0 is launching the second edition of the long-term online course “ICT: Innovations for Development”. The programme, absolutely unique in Italy, will allow the discussion between the lectures and participants from all the worlds thanks to the interactive and live webinars. The intensive 6 months course is structured in 8 thematic Modules: social innovation methodologies; agriculture and environment; health; education; data collection; mapping in emergencies; human rights, democracy and activism; and financial inclusion.

There are 20 full coverage scholarships available (application deadline: 9 October). The course will be concluded with a public BarCamp where a 2000€ prize, where participants will present the Final Projects and will have the chance to win seed-funding up to 2000 euro.
The seed-funding will go for the best projects who have successfully integrated, applied and/or prototypes ICTs in a real case study.

The course is organised as part of the “Innovations for Development” project supported by Fondazione Cariplo and Compagnia San Paolo, and in partnership with Fondazione Crt, Opes Impact Fund, Gnucoop, Fondazione Acra, We Make, Ouagalab, Fablab To, ISI Foundation, Fondazione Politecnico di Milano e Nexa center for internet & society, Università di Torino, Politecnico di Torino.


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The digital revolution transforming the world is leaving refugees behind

September 6th, 2016 Posted by Refugees 0 comments on “The digital revolution transforming the world is leaving refugees behind”

Access to the internet and mobile telephone services has the potential to create a powerful multiplier effect, boosting the well-being of refugees and of the communities that host them.

Over the last 25 years, the internet and mobile communications have transformed life in the industrialized and developing worlds alike. Now that so much information is readily available, we worry about overload more than scarcity. Mobile communications and social media provide abundant ways to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues. Cloud computing, remote working and networked global teams are re-shaping the ways we interact and connect.
Not so for the world’s refugees. Today, more than 65 million people – the largest number since the Second World War – are living as refugees or are internally displaced, uprooted from their homes in search of safety, and often struggling to access the basic means of survival.
But displaced people are also living without the connectivity they need to obtain vital information, communicate with loved ones, access basic services and link to the local, national and global communities around them.
The places where they live frequently lack digital networks and infrastructure, or the connectivity available there is too expensive. The digital revolution transforming the world is leaving refugees behind.
The Need for Connectivity
UNHCR carried out a global assessment of refugees’ access to, and use of, the internet and mobile phones where available, to help inform the development of a new UNHCR Global Strategy for Connectivity for Refugees.
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