First Mile First Inch. 2009. Length: 7m55s. English with English Subtitles. Mesh networking allows for a number of people to share one internet connection wirelessly, using nothing more than open source software, common routers, and simple antennas - infrastructure that anyone can easily acquire, develop, and modify. In this video, one example is presented, that of the ACTS clinic in the Peebles Valley, South Africa. While the initial rationale for the network was to connect a clinic to a hospital wirelessly to allow for voice over internet protocol (VOIP) phones (as there were no landline connections at the time), connectivity was also provided to surrounding areas, with often unexpected results. For more information: .za www.idrc.ca Directed by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.
Computers for Schools Kenya. CFSK presents a novel and pragmatic business model, focusing on recycling computers, ICT teacher training, curriculum development, a sustainable business plan, and ICT education policy influence. The rationale is to provide computers to educational institutions in Kenya, thereby allowing the young and old alike the chance to become computer literate and enrich their livelihood opportunities. This video documents what CFSK does on the ground, with a focus on two institutions using their computers - Sega Silicon Valley, and Ogada Secondary School. Connectivity Africa has been supporting the work of CFSK since 2003. For more information: http Directed by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.
Free and Open Source University Learning Applications. 2009. 8m28s. English/French with English Subtitles. eLearning presents a pragmatic means to provide education to those living in rural areas, people who otherwise may not be able to receive a formal education. However, the software infrastructure required to provide such a service can be costly. Free and open source software presents an alternative. But aside from this cost saving, the development of this software is in itself a learning opportunity for those students interested in software development. The two projects profiled here, AVOIR and POLLES, are providing both the software to encourage eLearning and university administration in sub-Saharan and North Africa respectively, along with providing a platform for post secondary institutions to get applied training in software development. Connectivity Africa has been supporting these initiatives since 2004. For more information: avoir.uwc.ac.za http www.idrc.ca Directed by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.
Telemedicine in Algeria. 2009. 5m49s. Arabic/French/English with English Subtitles. Algeria is an enormous country, with urban coastline to the north, arid desert to the south, and not much in between. While healthcare is free, and there are specialists in the north, the south is separated by great distances from getting expert health care from those specialists. This video details how one Algerian state research organization, CDTA, has developed a software application to allow for real time video conferencing between these two regions. Telemedicine is a pragmatic and effective means for patients to recieve expert care in situations that often leave the sick on the verge of life or death. Here, one story is presented; of Ikram, an young girl with a heart defect, who was successfully treated with the telemedicine solution developed by CDTA. Connectivity Africa has been supporting the work of CDTA since 2006. For more information: www.cdta.dz http Directed by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.
Promoting African Research and Education Networking in Africa. 2009. 7m18s. English. While commercial ISPs are flourishing and the costs of getting online are falling in many parts of Africa, the situation with getting African universities online is a different story. The commercial internet and the university internet are two different things. Research and Education Networks (RENs), while well established in the developed world, are just taking root in Africa. Without RENs and the favorable terms of access to undersea and terrestrial fiber optic cables that make connectivity affordable to universities, how can students, faculty, and ultimately African research, be part of the rest of the world? By consolidating bandwidth, working on policy issues, and training a team of university IT administrators, African universities are going global. This video outlines how and why. The work of the three organizations profiled here - AfNOG, the African Association of Universities, and the UbuntuNet Alliance - has been supported by Connectivity Africa since 2004. For more information: http Directed by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.
The Uganda Health Information Network. 2009. 6m33s. English with English Subtitles. In rural parts of Uganda, health care experts rarely have access to the kinds of documentation that their colleagues in the developed world may have - medical journals, reference materials, and always on connectivity are often not available. To address this, UHIN has developed a low cost means of transmitting this information to healthcare workers in rural Uganda by using PDAs and existing cellular telephony networks. This video considers how the system is being used in the Lyantonde district of the country, with a focus on two clinics. Connectivity Africa has supported the work of UHIN since 2003. For more information: http Directed by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.
Acacia and Connectivity Africa: Innovations for ICTs in Africa. 2009. Length: 9m59s. English/Arabic/French/Swahili with English Subtitles. This 10 minute video presents an overview of a number of projects supported by Connectivity Africa. Connectivity Africa was designed to promote research, development and innovation in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for progress in Africa, focusing on the areas of education, health and the economy. It was implemented by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). For more information: www.idrc.ca Directed by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.
Free and Open Source Software For Microfinance. 2009. 5m33s. English/Swahili with English Subtitles. Developed by Grameen Technology Centre and adapted for Africas low bandwidth conditions, MIFOS aims to improve administration for microfinance in Kenya. The free and open source software solution aims to provide a platform for microfinance institutions to manage the wealth of data that corresponds to the portfolios of a rapidly growing number of clients. This video considers how Mifos has been implemented in Kenya, with a focus on two institutions; the Jitegemea Credit Scheme and the Kenya Entrepreneurship Empowerment Foundation. It also considers how a HIVOS initiative, Mifos Light, has been implemented as a modification of Mifos, tailor made for situations where connectivity is not present. Connectivity Africa has been supporting Mifos since 2006. For more information: http Produced by Rana Ghose and Connectivity Africa.