Tag Archives: ICT

When villages become education hubs: the work of the Akaa Project in Ghana

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Lauren Grimanis Founder, The Akaa Project Location: Eastern Ghana / Boston, Massachusetts “I love the notion of bringing things back to the village”. When Lauren Grimanis first visited Ghana, she was a senior in high school. It was July 2007, and she was working on her college applications. She only stayed there for… […]

Children in rural Ghana empowered by access to information, IT skills

Wednesday September 28th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Josephine Marie Godwyll Founder and National Coordinator at Young at Heart Ghana Location: Ghana “The missing link most of the time is information”. Rural communities have a tremendous amount to gain from access to information. The internet offers potential solutions to many of the problems that make rural life difficult, but these are… […]

Cambridge students bring tech to Indian students, inspire learning

Sunday September 18th, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Moni Gupta Co-founder of Mobile Education for Smart Technology Location: India / Cambridge, UK “The same thing they are learning in their books they can explore with this technology and build up more creativity”. Today, Moni Gupta is a PhD student in chemistry at the University of Cambridge. But she remembers her time… […]

It is not a village but people: Long Lamai, a case study of a smart village

Thursday September 15th, 2016 - Tariq Zaman, University of Malaysia Sarawak

Long Lamai is a Penan village in upper Baram, northern Sarawak, of Malaysian Borneo. Travelling to the settlement from the nearest town Miri takes eight hours on rough logging roads and an hour of hiking through the dense rainforest. Alternately, it is reachable by flying from Miri to Long Banga by an hour’s flight via… […]

Energy and ICT for educational inclusion in Latin America

Thursday July 21st, 2016 - Javier González Díaz

Although Latin America has experienced a successful decade of reduction in poverty and inequality, it continues to be the most unequal region in the world1. The persistence of high levels of social injustice is not accidental: its profound structural causes are rooted in unfair political, economic and social institutional frameworks, which have been shaped throughout… […]

Energy and agriculture in Smart Villages in India

Wednesday July 20th, 2016 - Smart Villages

            From 22-23 September 2016, Smart Villages and ICRISAT will hold a workshop on energy and agriculture in Patancheru, Telangana, India. The workshop will bring together experts from the domains of research, entrepreneurship, gender, ICT, business, finance, policymaking, and non-profit work to discuss the linkages between energy, agriculture and climate… […]

Opportunities in Bario made me want to come home to Malaysia

Wednesday September 16th, 2015 - Lee Rui Ci

What questions does the typical fifteen-year-old city Malaysian ask? ‘Should I look for a job this school holiday?’ ‘What do I want to do in the future? Go into business or work for someone?’ ‘Should I pick the science or art stream for school next year?’ ‘Should I continue my tertiary education locally or overseas?’… […]

Sexual Violence against Women and Girls: Is Energy part of the Solution?

Tuesday January 20th, 2015 - Smart Villages

“It was a degrading life full of humiliation and shame. We were often victims of rape and beatings by the hoodlums who hid themselves in the forest”  ̶  (An Ethiopian fuel wood carrier, Panjwani, 2005). Energy provision and sexual violence appear to be distant problems. However, with the possible exception of rural energy supplies in… […]

Mobile phones increase farmer resilience

Monday May 5th, 2014 - Smart Villages

A recent article from Uganda reveals that one of the biggest questions facing rural communities around the world is how to build resilience to the increased uncertainty brought about by climate change. Small-scale agriculture is so often based on an unparalleled understanding of the seasons that has been honed over decades through an intimate relationship… […]