South Africa

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Strengthening Democracy In South Africa

Loren Treisman | Indigo Trust | May 16, 2013

Across the globe, access to critical laws, parliamentary information and locally relevant news and an informed and engaged citizenry contribute towards a thriving democracy. South Africa is no different.  I came across a number of organisations which are contributing towards this process in very different ways. Read More »

Technology Could Empower Africans To Hold Their Governments To Account

Loren Treisman | The Guardian | October 15, 2013

Mobile phones are almost ubiquitous across Africa but can citizens use this technology to better participate in democracy? Next year, South African citizens will take part in their fifth democratic election. While the African National Congress will undoubtedly triumph, it can no longer rest on its laurels. Read More »

The Anvil Podcast: OpenMRS

Several weeks ago I went to the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. The OpenMRS project was represented there by a number of the team members, and I was able to have a few informal conversations with them. After I got back home, I conducted an interview with Ben Wolfe, who actually wasn’t at the conference, but he talked to me about what the OpenMRS project does, and who is using it in the world, and where it’s going in the future. We also talked a little bit about their Google Summer of Code students. Here’s my conversation with Ben.

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The Case For Open Access

Bart GJ Knols | Xindex | August 30, 2012

For most of us, it’s entirely logical that medical practitioners should be familiar with the latest scientific knowledge and evidence-based practices in order to treat ailments. This forms our fundamental basis of trust in medical professionals...But what if you live in sub-Saharan Africa, where the vast majority of medical personnel, as well as scientists, researchers and medical students, remain badly deprived of the latest medical developments? Read More »

Tübingen neuroscientists develop inexpensive, self-manufactured lab equipment

Press Release | University of Tübingen | July 18, 2017

Laboratory equipment is one of the largest cost factors in neuroscience. However, many experiments can be performed with good results using self-assembled setups with 3-D printed components and self-programmed electronics. The inexpensive system called “FlyPi” developed by André Maia Chagas and Tom Baden allows for many standard lab processes including light and fluorescence microscopy, optogenetics, thermogenetics, and behavioural studies in small animals (e.g. round-worms, fruit flies, zebrafish larvae)...

Unicef Is Funding Blockchain and Health Tech to Solve the World’s Biggest Problems

Mark Burgess | WIRED | November 15, 2016

The United Nations has announced the first five startups to receive investment through its its $9 million (£7.2m) innovation fund. Unicef, the UN's children's charity, will be giving seed funding to companies working to create affordable mobile connectivity, blockchain in childhood development, data collection in maternal care, and technology to help improve literacy skills. The funding comes as part of Unicef's Innovation Fund – launched in February – and will see the organisation put up to $100,000 into each of the five firms...

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Using SMS To Mobilize The Community Clean-Up Of Ciliwung River, Indonesia: One Piece Of Garbage At A Time.

Een Irawan Putra | FrontlineSMS | April 24, 2013

FrontlineSMS has had a strong connection with environmental issues since our Founder had the initial spark of an idea while working on an anti-poaching project in South Africa. We’re delighted to be able to host Een Irawan Putra of KPC Bogor and the Indonesia Nature Film Society to our blog, to share how he used FrontlineSMS in Indonesia to invite he community to help clean up the garbage clogging the Ciliwung River. Read More »

Why We’re Still Chasing ‘Silicon Savannah’ Dream

Frankline Sunday | Standard Digital | March 25, 2014

Software developers in Kenya are losing lucrative opportunities for funding because they lack clear business plans and strategies to take their ideas to market, new data shows. Read More »

Open Access Africa 2012

Event Details
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
November 4, 2012 (All day) - November 5, 2012 (All day)
Location: 
University of Cape Town Cape Town
South Africa

Hosted by BioMed Central, Open Access Africa 2012, now in its third year, will bring together researchers, librarians, university administrators, funders and other key decision-makers to discuss the benefits of open access publishing in an African context. Read More »