In many African countries, radio is the most efficient and cost-effective method of spreading knowledge, especially among rural farmers and villagers. To reach these isolated communities, IUCN partnered with Farm Radio International in Uganda to produce a radio programme on forest landscape restoration.
As the use of mobile technology in Africa continues to skyrocket, it’s changing more than how people communicate — it’s also changing how they grow their food.
Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed.
Last June, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) piloted HDX, a data-heavy Wikipedia for the humanitarian community. Its aim was straightforward: simplify and streamline access to important data in disaster relief situations. That is, rather than ploughing through Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, and Word Docs, create one source and one format for all the data.
Naomi Klein's book 'This Changes Everything' shows how climate change and the bleak future we are marching toward are inextricably bound up with unfettered capitalism. To preserve capitalist excesses, hi-tech fixes for warming - like Solar Radiation Management - may be employed that hasten the demise of large parts of Africa and Asia and the natural world.