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Friday, April 29, 2005

DFID | News | DFID funded project develops groundbreaking anti-landmine device: "The project looked at the development of a system for destroying mines once found. There were two aims. One was to find a cheap and simple mechanism for destruction itself. Dragon, which is a fiercely burning torch will cause it to detonate and render it harmless. The second aim was for this device to be capable of manufacture in the mine affected country using ingredients that in themselves are not dangerous." Kenya: Parliament Passes Castration Motion: Is "chemical castration" even possible medically?

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Foreign Policy Association - Job Board: "NetAid, a New York-based non-profit organization that fights global poverty, is seeking an energetic, intelligent and enthusiastic intern to assist our dynamic communications team."

Foreign Policy Association - Job Board: "Project Manager - Kenya
Center for Global Health and Economic Development/Columbia University"

Monday, April 25, 2005

Internet & ICTs for Social Justice and Development News - APC: "The APC?s ?Community Wireless Connectivity? project is ambitious. It?s looking to connect unconnected communities by skilling them to build their own wireless networks. The project covers the development of training materials and workshops that will be localised for different environmental, regulatory, language and climatic conditions. With four regional workshops in Africa this year, we?ll be training up to 100 possible future trainers, and producing materials in at least three languages that can be used by anyone to do training.

The first workshop took place in March this year in Mtoni, Zanzibar. A range of East African electronic networkers ?telecentre workers, civil society systems administrators, technical staff from existing internet service providers, and other IT skills-sharers- attended a week-long hands-on training. They covered everything needed to plan, budget, set up, manage, maintain and develop a fully-functioning wireless network, that can be used by a local community. "

Friday, April 22, 2005

UG-Commercial Director: "Our client is a leading international provider of consumer services to a number of African states.

The Position
Working within one of the Group?s operations in Africa you will take overall responsibility for the day to operation of the operation?s Commercial Department. "

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Find a Job in Africa - Hot Job:: "The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) is one of the specialised technical offices of The African Union that is being developed as a centre of excellence with a continental mandate of spearheading programmes on animal resources within The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (REA). Its offices are located in Nairobi, Kenya. "

Africa Club: "It is estimated that the total annual amount of remittance flows through formal and informal channels to the continent increased from $ 5.8 billion in 1980 to $ 11.2 billion 2002."

LinkedIn: Call Center Manager at KenCall EPZ Ltd: "The Call Center General Manager would have a unique opportunity to build out and grow the first international call center business in beautiful Kenya (the first in East Africa). The position will require the candidate to live in Nairobi. The opportunity will be to build the work force to international standards and to help the business grow through client retention and improvements in productivity. The call center currently runs 45 people on two shifts serving clients in the UK and the US, but the principals of the firm have designs to build the facility to several hundred agents doing inbound client support, outbound sales and BPO work. The position requires someone with 5 years experience leading a call center. The position requires maturity, flexibility, leadership and motivation skills."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tags & Folksonomies - What are they, and why should you care? | "Tags, or folksonomies are actually a lot simpler than much of the acedemic debate surrounding them. Put simply, they are a user defined method for organizing data. Im going to try to explain what they are, why they are important to marketers and web devs and suggest some ways you might use them. Follow the title link above for the full post."

A VC: " made tagging popular, but others have used it with incredible results. The most obvious example is Flickr. I believe that tags and RSS feeds of the tags has made Flickr vastly superior to other photo sharing sites. " Communal taxonomy (folksonomy) is quite an attractive idea, given the stress of deciding how to categorise things in a single hierarchy... Flickr made it make sense for me...

Thursday, April 14, 2005

New Yorker again dominates magazine awards: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "The New Yorker won the public interest category for a series of three articles by Seymour Hersh on the now infamous Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq. It also won the reporting prize for an article by Samantha Power on Sudan; profile writing for an article by Ian Parker about a kidney donor; reviews and criticism for three reviews by Adam Gopnik; and it also won the overall excellence award for its circulation category."

Friday, April 01, 2005

Job: Head of Communication and Information Services (Nigeria): "The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), with headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria, invites applications for the position of Head of Communication and Information Services.
IITA is non-profit organization with over 130 internationally recruited scientists. The Institute has programs in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa. IITA scientists from about 35 countries work in partnership with national agricultural agencies to increase food production in tropical Africa, and ultimately to raise the productivity and income of small-scale farmers in an ecologically sustainable way."