Rwanda Development Board tenders for web portal

As part of the World Bank funded eRwanda Project for the implementation of Rwanda’s eGovernment strategy, the Rwanda Development Board is looking to develop a new web portal. The main objective of the project is to use the internet as a tool to promote Rwanda as a dynamic global hub for business, investment, tourism, and […]

Red Hat launches opensource.com community site

Red Hat has launched opensource.com as a community site for open source. The Drupal powered site has been created by Red Hat but Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat’s President and CEO, says “This will not be a site for Red Hat, about Red Hat. Instead this will be a site for open source, about the future”. […]

e-Extension officers for Ghana districts

Dr Kwame Amezah, the National Director of Extension of the Ministry Of Food and Agriculture, has said the sector would introduce Electronic (e) Extension Services by April. The e-extension service, which the World Bank will support, would be piloted in 50 districts. Dr Amezah said this at the opening of a two-day Agricultural Extension Performance […]

Rwanda recognises need for labour database

“If we can bring together all the categories of data we have on labour, it would be easy to analyze them and ascertain available skills that are not being utilized. This would help us create jobs in line with the skills available.” This according to Rwandan Minister of Public Service and Labour, Anastase Murekezi, talking […]

Satellite imagery to provide livestock insurance in Kenya

Herders in northern Kenya who suffered large cattle losses during recent droughts are to be offered livestock insurance in a pioneering project that uses satellite imagery of available grazing to determine when payouts occur. The scheme, billed as a world first by the International Livestock Research Institute, is being launched today in the arid Marsabit […]

DNA and fingerprint databases for Ghanaian police

Ghanaian Vice President, John Mahama has hinted in an address to Police Chiefs meeting in Accra that plans are far advanced for the establishment of West Africa’s first Forensic Laboratory. “The construction of the forensic laboratory is going to take place and the police service will probably become the first in West Africa to begin […]

Ghana extends urban land MIS to improve revenue collection

The Ghanaian Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is embarking on a street naming and house numbering exercise, part of the  Urban Management Land Information System, to ensure that  revenue collecting agencies can efficiently collect land rents and other fees. The absence of an effective revenue collection system is reducing the capacity of district […]

Ghana prepares database of geoscientists and mining professionals

As part of the World Bank funded Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (NREG) Programme the Minerals Commission of Ghana is developing a Database of Ghanaian Professionals to assist the development of Government policy regarding employment of Ghanaians in the mining sector. It is calling on all Ghanaian Geoscientists in Ghana and in the Diaspora (i.e […]

Inventory of agricultural information systems

The Inventory of Innovative Farmer Advisory Services using ICTs, from the excellent Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, was published in February 2009, but I have just discovered it. It lists sixty systems dedicated to improving the technical and business information available to small farmers in Africa. Its foreword provides a progressive view of the […]

African Virtual University expands its network

In a move designed to provide African students with greater access to higher-education opportunities, the African Virtual University (AVU) is launching Open Distance and eLearning Centres  in ten African countries over the next five months. They will be co-located in the following universities: Jimma University in Ethiopia, University of Nairobi in Kenya, Université d‘Antananarivo in […]

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