Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-31

  • Writing an introductory blog on tomorrow’s “Wall to Wall” conference on the impact of ICTs on the attainment of MDGs in Nigeria. #minigeria #
  • Check out tomorrow’s introductory blog, “Assessing the Impact of ICTs on the Attainment of MDGs in Nigeria”, at http://is.gd/CW1h #minigeria #
  • It’s 8am (Nigeria), let the discussion begin.What’s your impression of PROGRESS made towards meeting the MDGs in Nigeria to date? #minigeria #
  • @pdbraide, no progress at all or not as much as expected? ||| From 10am, I’ll start discussing role of ICTs on each of the MDGs. #minigeria #
  • 1. ICTs + ‘End Poverty & Hunger’: New technologies present the opportunity to have access to information and to create new jobs #minigeria #
  • There are examples across the world that demonstrate the role of ICTs. Actually, the New Economy almost only respects innovation #minigeria #
  • For the Nigerian (and wider African) context, a technology tool that almost everyone has can be a huge clue: mobile phones! #minigeria #
  • Farmers can get access to information, small businesses can avoid the huge cost of middle ‘men’ and access to market increases! #minigeria #
  • Imagine how much progress we can make on MDG1 if each mobile phone becomes a ‘small business platform’. And we have 66.6 million! #minigeria #
  • RT @pdbraide: @gbengasesan Nigeria MDG assessment http://bit.ly/15G7yZ #minigeria #
  • At 11am (Nigerian time), I’ll return with additional thoughts on how ICTs can impact MDG 2, ‘Universal Education’, in Nigeria. #minigeria #
  • 2. ICTs + MDG2 (Universal Education): With Nigeria’s high school-age population, we need technology to decentralize learning #minigeria #
  • First, today’s students will remain uncompetitive if they’re unable to use ICT tools. Then, we need ICTs in education delivery #minigeria #
  • There are challenges with power supply for computers, so maybe I should throw up the mobile phone opportunity again: SMS, voice #minigeria #
  • Humans (especially 9ja people) know how to adapt. I’m sure we can find a way to break down learning modules into 160 characters! #minigeria #
  • This has gone quite fast and I’ll give some time for various threads. I’ll return to respond to comments and resume discussions. #minigeria #
  • 3. On MDG3, Gender Equality: Thanks to ICTs, some women who were once cut away from opportunities are now connected. #minigeria #
  • In Nigeria, organizations like W.TEC (http://w-teconline.org) are helping bridge the gap between the girl-child and ICTs. #minigeria #
  • With ICT empowerment, they are able to leap above discrimination and also have the opportunity to demonstrate expertise widely #minigeria #
  • … and that applies to any of the genders that is unequally treated at the time, because it could vary based on circumstances. #minigeria #
  • MDGs 4 through 6 focus on health (child/maternal health and HIV/AIDS). The possible impact of ICTs on health is quite huge. #minigeria #
  • From cost savings to timely delivery, ICT tolls have proved useful in making information available on time (or real time). #minigeria #
  • From cost savings to timely delivery, ICT *tools* have proved useful in making information available on time (or real time). #minigeria #
  • Text alerts, video feeds, collaborative surgery, online databases are few examples of the impact of ICTs on health delivery. #minigeria #
  • mPedigree, an SMS-based service that allows people to verify the authenticity of the drugs, is coming to Nigeria shortly! #minigeria #
  • A HUGE LOSS! We honour Dr. Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (Deputy Director, Africa, UN Millennium Campaign) who passed away earlier today. #minigeria #
  • Goal 7: Environmental Sustainability. Imagine how easy it is to calculate carbon footprints these days? That’s the power of ICTs. #minigeria #
  • Other applications of ICTs include green campaigns that encourage use of electronic documents instead of printing everything. #minigeria #
  • Though new technologies may contribute to environmental issues, it is enlightening to note that we’re talking about ‘Green ICTs’ #minigeria #
  • Without ICTs, the last MDG, ‘Develop A Global Partnership for Development’ will require impossible cost, time and other resources #minigeria #
  • Target 5 of MDG 8 follows: “In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially ICTs” #minigeria #
  • It’s been almost 12 hours since we started discussing
    “Assessing the Impact of ICTs on the Attainment of MDGs in Nigeria” #minigeria #
  • I’ll be back just before midnight to spend time responding to questions and to provide final thoughts on the topic, but… #minigeria #
  • … remember that it’s not about what ‘they’ do but the value you add. If you don’t add any value, you have no right to complain! #minigeria #
  • While the MDGs are not the exact perimeters of development, they offer the opportunity to track progress. Nigeria has a LOT of… #minigeria #
  • …work to do! Reality is that the folks who should get the job done are distracted by politics and power, so that doesn’t… #minigeria #
  • …leave much choice regarding who should work between now and the time when we’ll collectively decide for change at the top. #minigeria #
  • Nigeria is bigger than individuals in present positions of authority, and our development must not stop because of inaction. #minigeria #
  • If there was anytime to take the kind of collective action that stems for resolved individuals, that time is NOW. #minigeria #
  • Nigeria needs you. We have the opportunity of creating impact on the MDGs through ICTs, let’s not lose it. Thanks for having me. #minigeria #
  • The discussion on ICTs and the role we can play (youth, this time) continues tomorrow at the University of Ibadan! Good night. #minigeria #
  • Remember: If you’re resident in Nigeria and you use the internet, please complete the survey at http://is.gd/z0As. closes on by June 30. #
  • Nothing makes my day like getting feedback from young people I have the opportunity to share thoughts with. Work plenty, but we go do am! #
  • Discussing ‘Botton-Up Leadership’ today at KWI’s Initiative’s Eagles’ Gathering 2009. Also preparing for next week’s UK meeting and seminar. #
  • I’ll be discussing “Not Missing In Action: African Youth & the New Development Paradigm” @ The Open University, Milton Keynes,
    UK on June 2. #
  • Microsoft NGO Academy is still accepting nominations, which should be sent to mnacademy@pinigeria.org by June 5. http://is.gd/JN0g #

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