Why the choice of football for the World Cup is a missed opportunity

The 2010 World Cup was widely hailed as Africa's World Cup, and rightly so. After all, this is the continent's first ever hosting of the event, and many optimitistically looked forward to the benefits, both economic and social, the event would bring to Africa. Sadly, however, a great chance was missed when the decision was made to use the Jabulani ball rather than a ball made in Africa.

African Achievers Award International 2010

The African Achievers Awards aim to:

Recognise, grow and nurture exceptional African individuals, groups, companies, institutions etc to enable them to achieve the greatest possible impact in their communities and also inspire more African people to become engaged in improving and create positive stories about African people in the media. These Awards are to demonstrate that there are people within our communitiesstill achieving and are good role models. These awards are intended as incentives for many people in reaching their future GOALS.

2nd Announcement - Call For Participation - 1st Congress of African Network of Professionals ( Gathering of the Giants)

The African Network of Professionals (ANOP) – www.africannpro.net – is calling for participation in its major event – “The Congress of African Professionals”. The congress will be held in Accra, Ghana on 11th - 13th November, 2009.

Mobile Technology Applications for Developing Countries

USAID are offering a $10,000 grant to expand existing mobile technology projects. The deadine for submission is 5th December. For more information on the project see Netsquared/USAID

USAID is proud to announce the launch of the 2008 USAID Development 2.0 Challenge. Brought to you by the Global Development Commons.

Mobile technology, including everything from inventive applications for smart phones to simple text messaging, is increasingly ubiquitous in the developing world. USAID challenges you to explore its potential through an innovation for maximum development impact in areas such as health, banking, education, agricultural trade, or other pressing development issues.

Distance Learning Certificate Course on Grant Proposal Writing

We are currently accepting application for our distance education course on Proposal Writing 10th November - 10th December 2008. Please help circulate this announcement. The course provides an understanding of and practice in proposal writing for non-profits, foundations, and government agencies. Our online proposal writing courses will show you how to write a proposal that gets funded. These distance education course will teach you to prepare grants proposal effectively and find the best funding sources for your projects and nonprofit.

Web 2.0 - Little Innovation from Development Organisations

Why has there been so little take up of Web 2.0 technologies by development organisations such as the World Bank, Eldis and UNHCR?  Commenting on last years Web 2.0 forDev (Web 2.0 for Development) conference, Christian Kreutz (Crisscrossed Blog) is disappointed at the lack of interest from the big development organisations.   He lists a number of reasons for the lack of take up such as the reliance on software that does not support social media tools and generally a culture at odds with the participatory internet, an unwillingness to try new technologies and lack of collaboration between the organisations. 

Support RUDEC for economical and social development in Belo, NW Cameroon

This is a group to support and spread the word about RUDEC, a local organization aimed at promoting development in a village of NW Cameroon by creating programs to help orphans and old people, find volunteer teachers, provide microfinance, create employment opportunities with ecotourism, and so on.

You can get involved in many ways, from inviting friends to this group, to volunteering here in Belo!

New technologies in agriculture - By farmers for farmers

An interesting and worthwhile video documenting the use of Web 2.0 applications in the development sector such as supporting farmers in Uganda (The Rural Open Source Development Initiative and other various parts of Africa. Farmers are being trained and advised via their mobile phones. At the same time farmers are themselves recording "how to" advice. The recordings are made in English and local languages and then placed on the internet, made into CDs and hard copies so everyone care share the knowledge.

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