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How Mobile Reporting is Reducing Maternal Mortality in India


Women in the Indian state of Assam are routinely denied access to adequate health services and Assam’s health facilities often lack the resources necessary to ensure safe motherhood. As a result, Assam has the highest maternal mortality rate in India, with most of the deaths occurring among Adivasi (tribal) communities who live and work in … Continue reading How Mobile Reporting is Reducing Maternal Mortality in India

Can Mobile Technologies Solve Energy Poverty in India?


Geetanjali is a 20-year-old Indian girl; she comes from a poor family; and her dream is to open her own designer shop when she graduates from college. Thanks tomobile enabled electricity, her dream may come true much sooner that she expected. Energy Poverty in India Geetanjali lives in a slum near Bangalore, one of India’s … Continue reading Can Mobile Technologies Solve Energy Poverty in India?

Vote Now for 2014 ISIF Asia Community Choice Award


We are very pleased to announce that ISIF Asia received 93 applications for the 2014 ISIF Asia Awards. 34 applications from 12 different economies have been selected to take part in the awards process. The ISIF Asia selection committee has officially started the assessments of the applications to select 4 award winners, one for each … Continue reading Vote Now for 2014 ISIF Asia Community Choice Award

The Telecentre Movement in Bangladesh: Ups and Downs From 1987 to Present


Telecentres are known to ICT4D professional as a popular ICT4D initiative to bridge digital divides and build an information society, one aspect of the WISIS 2003/2005 agenda. Being influenced by the WISIS Geneva and Tunisia summit, International donors prioritised telecentre projects in South Asian and African countries. As a result, the telecentre movement was at … Continue reading The Telecentre Movement in Bangladesh: Ups and Downs From 1987 to Present

The Evolution of Telecentres and Libraries in Indonesia


Telecentres, a public place to access computers and the Internet, and libraries aim to serve isolated community to facilitate better access to information and knowledge. Especially in developing countries, telecentres and libraries help in reducing digital divides. In the development of this concept, telecentres also favour for profit entities as cybercafés, which have similar goals … Continue reading The Evolution of Telecentres and Libraries in Indonesia

How Mobile Phones Can Illuminate Rural Cambodia


Have you ever been to Cambodia? If so, have you noticed that everyone there has a mobile phone? Whether you are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or even in the countryside, you’ll find people talking on their cell phone all the time. Mobile Technology for Development As in other developing countries, mobile penetration is very … Continue reading How Mobile Phones Can Illuminate Rural Cambodia

Scaling Operation ASHA to Fight Tuberculosis in Cambodia


According to the WHO, tuberculosis is the biggest infectious-disease killer, taking more lives than AIDS, cholera and other pandemics combined. There are 8 million new cases in the world each year and 1.8 million deaths, even though it is a fully curable disease with the right treatment. In response, Dr. Shelly Batra and Sandeep Ahuja … Continue reading Scaling Operation ASHA to Fight Tuberculosis in Cambodia

Apply Now: ISIF Asia Awards


The ISIF Asia Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions ICT innovators have made with creative solutions to the social and economic development of the Asia Pacific region. The ISIF Asia Awards are granted to initiatives on the last stages of implementation or that have finalized activities already that are aligned with the funding categories … Continue reading Apply Now: ISIF Asia Awards

How SMS Text Messages Improve the Reading Outcomes in Papua New Guinea


The aim of the SMS Story research project was to determine if daily mobile phone text message stories and lesson plans would improve children’s reading in Papua New Guinea (PNG) elementary schools. The research was a controlled trial in which half of the teachers received text messages for twenty weeks and half did not. The … Continue reading How SMS Text Messages Improve the Reading Outcomes in Papua New Guinea

People with Disabilities Realize Their Dreams with Digital Divide Data in Cambodia


When Treng Kuy Chheng looks back at her past, she wonders what she would be doing, had she not met Digital Divide Data (DDD), a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower Cambodia’s youth through digital training and employment. Being Disabled in Cambodia Chheng was born into poverty, and to make things worse she had … Continue reading People with Disabilities Realize Their Dreams with Digital Divide Data in Cambodia