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Apply Now for Wireless Innovation Project Awards


The Wireless Innovation Project from the Vodafone Americas Foundation is designed as a competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects of exceptional promise that meet our eligibility criteria. Types of Projects The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project … Continue reading Apply Now for Wireless Innovation Project Awards

2015: a year in review


2015 has been a busy year of the ISIF Asia program with awards, grants and capacity building activities been supported around the Asia Pacific region. Here is a summary of what we have done in 2015. ISIF Asia Awards 2015 The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions ICT innovators … Continue reading 2015: a year in review

An Online Platform Promotes Fair Tourism in Rural Thailand


Pai Somsak Boonkam was born in the rural village of Roiet, Northeastern Thailand. His parents were poor rice farmers who believed in education. When he was eight, they sent him to an uncle, so he could go to high school. He studied his way through the university and became an engineer. Lack of Economic Opportunities … Continue reading An Online Platform Promotes Fair Tourism in Rural Thailand

Overcoming Connectivity Challenges in Rural Schools with Content Servers


Many schools in Asia Pacific have deployed computer labs to increase ICT literacy. However, it is challenging for schools to move beyond teaching basic computer skills such as typing, and office productivity tools without good internet access. There are incredible rich educational resources available in the cloud including Wikipedia, Khan Academy, and PhET. However, remote … Continue reading Overcoming Connectivity Challenges in Rural Schools with Content Servers

DataKind Bangalore: Using Data to Improve Development


On the eve of the birthday of MK Gandhi- India’s founding father- two very different groups of technologists are buckled up onboard flights to the United States. One surrounds a man who has risen from poverty to the position of the country’s Prime Minister. Soon, their plane begins its descent into the sun-drenched hillsides around … Continue reading DataKind Bangalore: Using Data to Improve Development

Can ICTs Improve the Indian Rural Health System?


Despite real progress since 1990, India has not achieved universal health coverage yet. For instance, the country still has the highest infant death rate in the world. In 2013, 1.3 million children under the age of five died. For many, this was due to preventable causes like birth complications, pneumonia or diarrhea. Tragically, the majority … Continue reading Can ICTs Improve the Indian Rural Health System?

Why Leadership Is Important for ICT Initiatives


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based projects are being implemented on a large scale in developing countries. It is believed that ICT opens doors to various opportunities, which can be used by people for their development. In this article, I focus on the implementation and monitoring aspect of ICT enabled initiative and the role of … Continue reading Why Leadership Is Important for ICT Initiatives

Solo Kota Kita: Empowering Citizen-led Service Delivery Improvements in Indonesia


Indonesia has an annual participatory budgeting process (musrenbang) where residents can openly engage with local governments to highlight the community’s priorities for short-term improvements. Traditionally, musrenbang has been an exclusive process — only the older, elite individuals with access to limited public information partook in the discussions. This, however, is slowly changing due to one … Continue reading Solo Kota Kita: Empowering Citizen-led Service Delivery Improvements in Indonesia

Which Are Better: Computers or Mobile Tablets for Education in Rural India?


Rural India has a challenging context with respect to quality education. In India, rural areas lack basic infrastructure facilities, and universalization of schooling in India is one of the most urgent development issues in the world today. The major challenges of quality education in rural areas include Absence of students in schools Absence of teachers … Continue reading Which Are Better: Computers or Mobile Tablets for Education in Rural India?

Can ICTs Help to Eradicate Tuberculosis in India?


A mother of three, aged 30, living in rural India, she was infected with tuberculosis (TB) in 2012. Her name is Anita. In the 1950s the world considered that tuberculosis was eradicated. Unfortunately, a half-century later, the epidemic has reappeared. Every year, nine million people fall sick with TB worldwide and 1.5 million die from … Continue reading Can ICTs Help to Eradicate Tuberculosis in India?