October 2006 highlights from infoDev

infoDev has launched a new web site offering users easier access to infoDev resources. The new infoDev.org site features a clearer topic driven structure and provides easier access to our analysis, activities, and knowledge resources across info Dev's themes. You will also find up-to-date information on infoDev's Request for Proposals (RFPs).

This is just the beginning. infoDev plans to make infoDev.org even more dynamic, and interactive, with an upcoming infoDev blog, and more easy-to-access links and "quick guide" resources in the field of ICT4D.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on the new site, and please let us know what additional features you would like to see in the future. Please feel free to contact us at info@infodev.org

 

ACCESS FOR ALL

infoDev announced a new module of the infoDev / ITU ICT Regulation toolkit - the legal and institutional aspects of regulation. Three additional modules on competition and price regulation, radio spectrum management, and new technologies and impact on regulation will be completed by November, 2006. Read more:     http://www.ictregulationtoolkit.org/

 

ICT AND EDUCATION

infoDev and UNESCO co-sponsored a high level forum for education ministers and a workshop for planners and policymakers in Fiji from September 25-30, 2006 to help raise awareness of ICTs and education issues among small island developing states of the Pacific, and complement the planning processes for regional educational initiatives. Read more: http://www.infodev.org/en/Article.29.html

 

M-BANKING FOR THE POOR

infoDev's work on ICT and Livelihoods also involves research on mobile enabled financial services, and how these services can better meet the needs of the poor. infoDev and DfiD recently completed a knowledge map on m-Banking and possible donor support strategies. Read more: http://www.infodev.org/en/Article.68.html

 

2ND GLOBAL FORUM ON BUSINESS INCUBATION

infoDev will hold the 2nd Global Forum on Business Incubation on November 6-11 in Hyderabad, India. The event is expected to draw 300 participants from more than 60 countries. The forum will be co-hosted by the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the State Government of Andrah Pradesh. Read more: http://www.infodev.org/globalforum2006

 

INFODEV COMMISSIONS ICT AND RURAL LIVELIHOODS KNOWLEDGE MAP

What do we know about the contribution that ICT can make to enhancing the livelihoods of the rural poor? infoDev has commissioned a major knowledge mapping and knowledge needs assessment designed to synthesize what we know about these issues, and identify the most urgent priorities for further research. Read more: http://www.infodev.org/en/Article.72.html

 

INFODEV ICT AND HEALTH RESOURCE LIBRARY AT ASKSOURCE.INFO Online resources designed to help policymakers make more informed decisions about ICT and health strategies, projects and applications Read more: http://www.infodev.org/en/Article.73.html

 

EVENTS

CAPACITY BUILDING FOR ICT/TELECOM REGULATORS AND POLICYMAKERS IN THE PACIFIC

Nadi | 2-3 Oct 06 On October 2-3, 2006, infoDev, in partnership with the World Bank, AUSAID, Pacific Forum Secretariat and ITU, is organizing a two-day workshop on new technologies and their implications, rural access issues, and practical tools for policy makers and regulators. This workshop will be both a capacity building event and an opportunity for infoDev and its partner to better understand the unique regulatory and policy challenges facing the Pacific Region and to ensure these challenges are adequately reflected in the ICT Regulatory Toolkit.