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Various appropriate technologies in information and communication technology are mentioned at the Wikipedia article on appropriate technology, and some encyclopedic articles are linked from there.

ICT in development

Farmers in Uganda have used SMS to find out about the latest crop prices.[1] This service provides them with valuable information to negotiate with middlemen.

ICT in public health

In South Africa, the "Compliance Service" uses short message service (SMS) to remind tuberculosis (TB) patients to take their medication. This kind of intervention, which is claimed to have "substantially decreased the number of treatment failures", has important implications in public health.[1]

ICT in Africa

From a Soulbeat Africa newsletter (from The Communications Initiative):

  • The African Information Society Initiative: Africa's Vision to Digital Opportunities is the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa 's (ECA) work programme to use information and communication technology to accelerate economic and social development in ECA's 53 member states in Africa.
  • Building ICT4D Capacity in and by African Universities
  • Imfundo Project - Sub-Saharan Africa: This Department for International Development (DFID) initiative aims to transform the education sector in Africa through the use of ICTs. It is dedicated to finding new ways to improve the training of teachers, identify the most effective way to improve the management and support of teachers in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, using new technologies where appropriate.
  • PICTA Bulletin: This monthly (online) publication provides information on activities of members in the Partnership for ICTs in Africa (PICTA), and news on ICT-related activities in Africa.

ICT in Asia

Computing and sustainability

Computing can be made more sustainable in several ways. Better practices (like hibernation, screens switching off instead of going to screensavers, and just switching off or hibernating when the computer is not in use) can save power. More efficient coding means computers use less power and need less powerful hardware.


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Un-wired Continent: Africa's Mobile Success Story, summary of a 7-page paper by Vanessa Gray, 2006 - The Communication Initiative Network

See also

External links

  • Tectonic - technology with a focus on open source software, and Africa.

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