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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

Africa? There's an app for that

“In June this year Apple CEO Tim Cook shared with the waiting crowd at its Worldwide Development Conference that Apple would be giving access to the App Store to 32 new countries, bringing the total to 152. Tim Cook also shared some impressive statistics: the App Store now has 400 million accounts; there are 650,000 apps available for download; there have been 30 billion app downloads and more than $5 billion (£3.2 billion) has been paid to developers.

Of those 32 new countries there are a number in Africa, ranging from countries like Chad with millions of potential app users to remote São Tomé and Príncipe, with just thousands.”  READ MORE

The Unheard Millions: A New Audience Joins Global News Conversations

“The field of journalism has faced a number of technology-driven changes in the past decade, including the advent of blogs, the generating and sharing of news via social media, and the tentative move by many governments to provide open data.

So many elements of news have evolved that many experts think we're on the verge of a revolution in digital journalism, including Google's director of news and social products, Richard Gingras. "The media landscape is in the process of being completely transformed, tossed upside down; reinvented and restructured in ways we know, and in ways we do not yet know," Gingras argued recently during a keynote address at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass and Communication. "The process of change is far from over. Indeed, it will never be over."  READ MORE

ICT Works
How Can We Use Mobile Devices for Youth Workforce Development?

“This week the mEducation Alliance* will host its second symposium, bringing together institutions and organizations that are interested in and/or supporting the use of mobile technologies in education.

The main theme for this year’s Symposium is partnership, and sessions fall into the following categories: public-private partnerships, mobiles for reading, mobiles for inclusive education and assistive technology, mobiles for education system strengthening, mobiles for youth workforce development, and mobiles for education in crisis and conflict settings.”  READ MORE

The IACC Social Entrepreneurs Initiative

“In a nutshell, we are looking for actors who are motivated to solve social problems and develop new methods, tools and projects to fight corruption. Here’s why: First generation tools to fight corruption are continuously being regurgitated, adapted and implemented across the globe – it’s time to focus on devising new tools and creative means to crack corruption.

Through the IACC Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, we are launching a competition, calling for new project ideas to boost transparency, accountability and fight corruption. The 3 competition winners will be awarded a mini-grant of 5,000 Euros to support the kick-off and implementation of their new anti-corruption project.”  READ MORE

Mobile Active
Using ICT to Promote Governance

“In the fall of 2011, Danida commissioned a study with the objective of:

  • Examining strategic opportunities for using ICT for promoting governance and democratization efforts within development assistance; and
  • Exploring opportunities for ICT in the present Danish portfolio of development programs and within the vision of the Strategy for Danish Development Cooperation.”  READ MORE

Women Spend 40 Billion Hours Collecting Water

“As the weeklong international conference on water concluded Friday, it was left to one of the keynote speakers from the United Nations to focus on a much neglected perspective on water and food security: the role of women.

Lakshmi Puri, deputy executive director of U.N. Women, told delegates that development can be neither sustainable nor inclusive if it does not free women and girls from ‘carrying heavy buckets of water every day.’” READ MORE


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