Developing Countries

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A Free, Open Resource to Solve Our Third World Problems

Corruption, poverty, war, hunger, healthcare, education, safety. These are only a few of the problems faced by people in developing countries. Many of these problems are caused by exclusion, fear, intimidation, broken infrastructure, and lack of money, resources, access to information, and tools. These are hard problems to solve but, as Theodore Roosevelt said: "Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty." At the core of open source are communities. Communities of like-minded individuals, working together, openly and freely sharing ideas and solutions for the benefit of others...

Africa: 'Misguided' Nations Lock Up Valuable Geospatial Data

Staff Writer | allAfrica.com | January 15, 2014

Many governments, particularly those in low-income countries, are "shooting themselves in the foot" by failing to give research and development communities open access to their caches of geospatial data, experts have warned. Read More »

As American Docs Resist MHealth, Developing Countries Drive Growth

Eric Wicklund | Government Health IT | June 8, 2012

A new study of the global mHealth market finds that consumers and developing countries are driving its growth, while physicians are reluctant to adapt.

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Can GAVI’s New Partnership Model Crack ‘mhealth Pilotitis’ While Opening New Markets For Vodafone?

Stephanie Hanson | devex.com | August 21, 2013

In the 13 years since it was founded to jumpstart stagnating global vaccination rates, the GAVI Alliance has achieved some remarkable results. Read More »

Early Bird Registration Now Open For ICT4D Conference

Press Release | Game Changers Summit, United Methodist Communications (UMC) | February 25, 2014

Registration is open for the Game Changers Summit, a technology conference designed to help churches, universities and organizations connect their global mission agendas with technology solutions for the developing world. Read More »

Gates Foundation’s Strict Open Access Policy may have Domino Effect

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major supporter of health and development research, is to introduce an open access policy next month for the studies it funds that goes further than most other research funders. The policy “will enable other researchers to access the latest evidence and draw on it to advance their own research” to help tackle malnutrition, infectious diseases, and child and maternal mortality, writes Trevor Mundel, the foundation’s president of global health, on the organization's website.

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Google Planning Wireless Networks To Connect The Next 1B People - WSJ

Dan Rowinski | ReadWrite | May 24, 2013

According to reports, Google plans on building cellular networks in Africa and Asia to connect the next billion Internet users. Read More »

Google To Fund, Develop Wireless Networks In Emerging Markets

Amir Efrati | The Wall Street Journal | May 24, 2013

Google Inc. is deep into a multipronged effort to build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets as part of a plan to connect a billion or more new people to the Internet. Read More »

HL7 to Offer its Standards for Free

Kate McDonald | Pulse+IT | September 5, 2012

In what is being touted as one of the most important breakthroughs in interoperability in a decade, the global healthcare standards-making body said it will spend the next few months planning for the move with the policy expected to take effect early next year.

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India Is Quite Capable Of Sending A Rocket To Mars And Fighting Poverty At The Same Time

Leo Mirani | Quartz | November 5, 2013

This morning, India successfully launched a rocket to Mars. Christened Mangalyaan, or Mars vehicle, the rocket is part of a scientific mission that cost a grand total of Rs 4.5 billion, or $73 million. In terms of the space business, that’s a bargain. By contrast, NASA’s next Mars mission will cost $671 million and do the same thing as India’s craft: orbit the red planet collecting data. Read More »

Innovative Funding Begets Innovative Development

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | June 28, 2013

Chlorinating water, a bug-killing intervention that the industrialized world largely takes for granted, can be prohibitively difficult in the developing world. Read More »

Internet For All: Alliance For Affordable Internet Founded

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | October 7, 2013

The newly formed Alliance for Affordable Internet will attempt to drive down Internet prices throughout the developing world. Read More »

Is The Global Fund Heading Backwards On Access To Medicines?

Suerie Moon | PLOS.org | December 1, 2013

For nearly a decade, a bright spot on World AIDS Day has been steady growth in the number of people in developing countries accessing lifesaving HIV treatment [...]. But this year, Board discussions at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have set off alarm bells about a potential retreat from [...] policies that enabled such progress. Read More »

Is This The Best Humanity Can Do For The Philippines?

Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic | November 11, 2013

Now that a storm, perhaps the most powerful in recorded history, has struck the Philippines, with winds gusting to 170 mph, a storm surge exceeding 20 feet, and an estimated 10,000 people dead; now that bodies are piling up in such quantities that local officials are digging mass graves [...]; now the world is rushing to send help... Read More »

Jenny Aker On Mobile Phones And Economic Development In Africa

Staff Writer | CDDRL News | November 9, 2009

Jenny Aker an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, provided an overview of the welfare impacts of mobile technologies and how current research is testing our assumptions about the benefits of mobile phones for individuals in developing countries. Read More »