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Malaysia to Learn From Japan’s ICT Disaster Management Experience
Malaysia is seeking help from Japan to use ICT for coping with natural disasters, following floods in December that displaced over 100,000 people. Japan will share technologies in preparing, mitigating and preventing disasters, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister for Communication and Multimedia, Malaysia has said, according to local press reports. Apart from the agreement with Japan, Malaysia is also in talks with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) “to identify specific areas and actions that will help to enhance resilience and preparedness in the country's ICT infrastructure and services”, said Shabery.
From http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6095-malaysia-to-learn-from-japans-ict-disaster-management-experience, February 02, 2015

Bangladesh: Eight Challenges to Children's ICT Education Identified
Bangladesh office of the UK-based Save the Children has identified eight major challenges including erratic power supply and inadequate digital contents to providing children with necessary ICT education in the country. The leading global development agency also made a set of recommendations including taking initiatives for public-private partnership (PPP) to overcome the challenges, ensuring effective ICT education for the group.
From http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2015/02/01/78780, February 02, 2015

Ghana Gets $35 Million ICT Infrastructure for Distance Education
The Government of Ghana has inaugurated a $35-million Distance Education ICT Facility for all 10 Regional Distance Education Centres of the University of Ghana. The Centres, according to Deputy Minister in charge of tertiary education Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, comprise “state of the art modern ICT facilities that will not only expand access but improve quality and relevance while ensuring that over 3,000 Distance Education students receive fully-loaded and connected android tablets.”
From http://starrfmonline.com/1.1976295, February 02, 2015

For the Disabled, Smart Homes are Home Sweet Home
Connected appliances may be the answer for helping the elderly, blind and wheelchair users be more independent in their homes.
From http://fortune.com/2015/02/01/disabled-smart-homes/, February 02, 2015

Rwanda Pulls in Skills Development Program to Boost ICT Literacy
“This opportunity provides us with a new beginning to raise the standards. There are so many places in the country where IT is taught, but so far there has not been a national standard of ICT literacy,” Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Youth and ICT minister told The New Times. “It is important that they not only acquire skills but they have accredited certification.” According to the report, a private sector computer skills program — International Computer Driving License (ICDL) — and the government are coming together to raise ICT literacy of Rwandan youth, government members and the general public. The official agreement was signed by both partners January 28, 2015.
From http://afkinsider.com/86719/rwanda-pulls-in-program-to-boost-ict-literacy/, February 01, 2015

Clever Modular Mobility Aid Helps People with Disabilities
A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people with disabilities thanks to a design engineering student from Brunel University London.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/31/clever-modular-mobility-aid-helps-people-with-disabilities/, February 01, 2015

The Benefit Cycle: How ICT and Skills Will Sustain Each Other in Developing Africa
ICTs can develop skills, which in turn can develop the ICT sector, in a ‘benefit cycle’ that can propel Africa into the mainstream knowledge economy. But more effort is needed to get this wheel rolling, says Ayanda Dlamini, Business Development Manager at LGR Telecommunications.
From http://www.ventures-africa.com/2015/01/the-benefit-cycle-how-ict-and-skills-will-sustain-eachother-in-developing-africa/, January 31, 2015

Standardised APIs Could Aid Data Accessibility in UK Banking Within Two Years
UK banks could be forced to make more of the data they store accessible to consumers, rivals and new entrants to the market via standardized technology within the next year or two, under plans being taken forward by the UK government.
From http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2015/january/standardised-apis-could-aid-data-accessibility-in-uk-banking-within-two-years/, January 31, 2015

Our Doctor, an Integrated ICT Based Healthcare Solution for Underserved Rural Communities in Bangladesh
mPower Social Enterprise from Bangladesh plans to expand its Amader Daktar (or “Doctor in a Tab,” referring to remote medical consultations provided over a tablet device) service into Myanmar in partnership with mobile network operator, Telenor, in order to reach rural populations with basic medical care. The service currently has 200 locations in Bangladesh and has served over 1,200 clients to date.
From http://www.mpower-social.com/#!Amader-Daktar-A-Doctor-in-a-Tab/c1asq/0C5BEA50-E8B6-47A4-8350-410F519AAD55, January 31, 2015

USA: Law Creates Special Savings Accounts for Disabled People
People with disabilities, and their families, will soon have a tax-favored way to save money for a range of expenses. In December, Congress passed the ABLE Act, short for Achieving a Better Life Experience. The law enables the creation of special savings accounts, modeled after the popular Section 529 education plans that many families use to save money for college. The new plans will be known as 529A accounts.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/business/special-savings-accounts-for-disabled-people.html?_r=0, January 31, 2015

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