Posts Tagged ‘Communications Without Borders’

Progress from Second Academic term 2014 Bluebonnet Hills-Sponsored NetSquared-Uganda Computer Training Meetup for Poor Rural Schools in Mukono District, Uganda. Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin, Texas, USA under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Landon Shultz, has been sponsoring Poor Rural children in Community schools of Uganda to acquire computer skills since Last year. A total of 100 selected pupils from Kikandwa Church of Uganda Primary School and Kibiribiri Church of Uganda Primary School are benefiting from this sponsorship every academic term plus their teachers. The training is being conducted by Maendeleo Foundation-Uganda (Computer Solar-Powered Project) under a termly renewable contract by Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization – Kirucodo with the utilization of  continued Support from Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church of Austin, Texas, USA

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This one-day Pre-conference eventat 2014 E-Learning Africa International Conferencewas organized by NetSquared Ugandaand was held at Speke Resort on 28th May 2014 from 09:00am to 05:00pm in Kampala, Uganda. It was sponsored by NetSquaredand Techsoup Global.

The one-day NetSquared-Uganda workshop explored, shared live experiences and provided practical hands-on training in Developing Practical Skills in Blogging for selected 2014 E-Learning Africa Delegates. To learn more about the event please visit our Meetup Group at this Link. You can have a look at the event agendaand a one page presentation about NetSuqared Ugandaby NetSquared Uganda Local organizer.

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L-R: John, Robert and Mr. Giacomo

L-R: John, Robert and Mr. Giacomo

This parallel session on the Raise of mFarmers in Africa (MOB25) was conducted during the recently concluded E-Learning Africa 2013 International Conference in Windhoek Namabia on 30th May 2013 from 16:45 to 18:15. The session was chaired by Mr. Giacomo Rambaidi of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) of Netherlands and two speakers managed to turn up for their paper presentations and these were John Gushit of University of Jos, Nigeria who presented a paper on “Facilitating the Optimal Utilization of Pesticides by peasant Farmers Using Mobile Technology” and myself (Robert Kibaya) of Uganda who presented on “Mobile Telephony Technologies That Support Communication and Fundraising Needs of a Rural Community Development Organization: A KIRUCODO Live Experience”. For more details about this session please visit this link.

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This Selected Conference Panel is currently accepting Paper Abstracts for the upcoming  Third World Conference on Humanitarian Studies which is organised jointly with the Third Istanbul Human Security Conference on: 24-27 October 2013. Below is more information about this panel:

Title Is the Development of Information and Communication Management strategies for Disaster response and Disaster risk reduction in Developing Countries be of great benefit?
Authors Kibaya Robert
Abstract Reducing disaster risk is thus critical to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and addressing underlying risk drivers is also vital to climate change adaptation, especially in the short- and medium-term.The 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction pointed out that for any decision to invest public resources in disaster risk management (DRM) involves trade-offs with other priorities in which the same resources could have been invested. At present, most countries do not systematically account for the cost of recurrent disaster losses, let alone the cost of indirect impacts on health, education and productivity. Even fewer comprehensively estimate the maximum losses they may incur.
As such, governments are poorly positioned to assess the trade-offs implicit in their public investment decisions, and have difficulty justifying increased investment in DRM. By navigating in a sea of risks without a compass, public resources are constantly being diverted to rehabilitate or reconstruct damaged or destroyed assets, and disasters continue to surprise governments without adequate contingency measures in place.

The panel will discuss and seek ideas on how to establish and implement institutional repositories of disaster information and how to facilitate the development of institutional and national Information and Communication Management (ICM) strategies and policies as frameworks for addressing issues that are critical to content development and information exchange, and supporting development of human capacity in disaster ICM.

Theme Politics and Practices of Natural Disasters and Disaster Respons

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The Internet is one of the most transformative technologies of our lifetimes. But for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable Internet connection is still out of reach. And this is far from being a solved problem.

There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity—jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month’s income.

Solving these problems isn’t simply a question of time: it requires looking at the problem of access from new angles. So today we’re unveiling our latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access.

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By Robert Kibaya, Director Communications Without Borders Ltd and Executive Director Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization; P.O.BOX 705 Mukono, Uganda; E-Mail: robkib@gmail.com, Twitter: @rob_kib, Skype: rob_kib; Blog: www.ruralafricafacts.wordpress.com

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Training Workshop in Practical Innovative Blogging and Online Group Collaboration for Development (E-Learning Africa2013 Pre-conference training session on 29th May 2013)

  • You can follow on for the next four days @eLAConference, #eLA13 and #web2icm

Abstract
Looking for, Identifying, Linking with and coordinating collaborations easily and cheaply with potential donors and groups worldwide has always been a great challenge to majority of rural community Development Organizations in Uganda and Africa in general. On the other hand, the utilization of modern communication tools that are mostly hosted on the internet has always been hindered in rural communities by lack of: connectivity and electricity, access to affordable ICT equipment and technologies, among others.
Passing on the web2.0 practical skills by CTA and partners has once more restored hope to majority of hopeless Rural Organizations’ managers who for the first time can be able to coordinate most of their respective organizations’ activities online through blogging and group innovative online collaboration
with the utilization of group wares. The workshop will explore, share live experiences and provide practical hands-on training in innovative utilization of blogs and online group collaborative tools for fostering local organizations’ community development programs.

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