IDRC is launching two new books that explore how technology can fight poverty. Information Lives of the Poor: fighting poverty with technology and Connecting ICTs to Development will be launched at two pivotal conferences in Cape Town, South Africa.
Join us from the Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa & 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest 2013 (#openair13 and #gcongress), and the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (#ICTD2013) in Cape Town.
Connecting ICTs to Development (#ICTs2Dev) focuses on research supported by IDRC in a wide variety of areas related to information and communication technologies (ICTs), ranging from infrastructure, access, and regulations, to its applications in the fields of health, governance, and education.
Information Lives of the Poor: fighting poverty with technology (#InfoLives) explores the ways in which the poor have used ICTs, and how they have benefited from mobile devices, computers, and the Internet.
- IDRC's Laurent Elder discusses the impact of open science on the future of international development.
- Information and communication technologies can increase productivity, build relationships, reduce poverty, and even help save lives. IDRC was one of the first development agencies to recognize these tools as a key means to foster development.
- In the mid-nineties IDRC helped Mongolia install its first Internet service.
- By using mobile phones in innovative ways, people like Judy Baltazar of Baguio City, Philippines, are generating income and improving their families well-being.
- How can ICTs put a stop to sexual harassment? Rebecca Chiao, Director of IDRC-supported initiative, HarassMap, discusses how crowdsourcing through ICTs has helped women in Egypt take a stand and fight back against sexual harassment
- Alice Munyua, an IDRC-supported researcher, talks about the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionized Kenyan society.
- Two Mapuche indigenous communities in Chile share their experiences using digital filmmaking to communicate their knowledge and perspectives. With the rise of digital technologies, video can enable non- or less-literate actors to break down barriers of exclusion and isolation and participate in the global exchange of ideas to resolve development challenges.