Monthly Archives: March 2011

ICTs in Education: The “One Laptop Per Child” Program – Right Intentions but Flawed Approach

In 2005, Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of MIT’s Media Labs, announced the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program at the World Economic Forum. The concept was simple and appealing: Innovate a $100 laptop and distribute it to children in the developing … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 6 : India – Emissions, Energy Policies, and Impact

India’s Challenges of Global Climate Change: India’s rise will have significant implications for global climate change. As a resource-poor developing country in South Asia, India will be directly impacted by the consequences of global warming. According to the World Bank, … Continue reading

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BRICs Series – 5 : India’s Young Demography – a Dividend or a Curse?

India’s rise started in the late 80s when it started moving away from a closed economy. Faced with dire economic conditions in the early 90s, the then Finance Minister Manmohan Singh had no choice but to liberalize the Indian economy, … Continue reading

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ICTs in Health Sector : The Rise of mHealth Programs

The Mobile phone usage has significantly increased in recent years. It is making a huge impact and transforming lives, especially in Africa. The impact of mobile phones is not only being felt in the urban areas, but in the rural … Continue reading

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The Absenteeism Issue in Education and Health Sectors

One can build schools and clinics, and stock them up with books, drugs and equipment, but if the teachers, nurses and other service providers are chronically absent, all the investment is basically wasted. Absenteeism in the education and health sectors … Continue reading

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Strategies for Development Work

International Development work has come a long way, and is changing lives around the world, for the better. Billions of dollars are being granted every year in the form of foreign aid, with the United States leading the way. Apart … Continue reading

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Conditional Cash Transfer Programs for Development

In recent years, conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs have been introduced for various purposes. For instance, in the education and health sectors in poor countries, the CCT programs consist of giving cash to poor parents under the condition that they … Continue reading

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