ICTs

False health news more popular on Facebook

Public posts with false information about Zika shared via the social media site were more popular than real news. Posted: Tue 10th of January, 2017

Why internet use is low in Africa

A report says that lack of local content is among factors influencing Africa’s low internet adoption. Posted: Tue 15th of November, 2016

British aid to fund tech hub

UK aid agency identifies key technologies and calls companies to register for chance to get pilots funded. Posted: Wed 2nd of November, 2016

Drones to deliver drugs in remote Costa Rica

Plans to pilot the drones in eight isolated towns aims to reduce waiting time from days to 45 minutes. Posted: Wed 19th of October, 2016

Smart’ umbrella to keep Hajj pilgrims cool and connected

‘Kafya’ was designed with solar cells, a fan and a GPS that could prove useful for workers as well as pilgrims. Posted: Mon 12th of September, 2016

Emerging diseases threaten Maasai and their herds

This photo gallery explores communities at risk from zoonotic disease and efforts to improve their resilience. Posted: Tue 9th of August, 2016

Mobile tech enables family planning data access

A mobile tech project is helping eight Sub-Saharan African nations access new family planning data every six months. Posted: Thu 4th of August, 2016

Tunisian digital revolution opens up education

Hear Houda Bouslama explain how the country is using technology to rethink the country’s university system. Posted: Tue 26th of July, 2016

Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields

Thanks to a mobile phone app for forecasting rain, smallholders could sow and harvest crops at the right time. Posted: Thu 14th of July, 2016

Online connectivity for peace? It’s a matter of scale

The promise of virtual exchanges is in bridging divides to disrupt a cycle of violence and fear, says Shamil Idriss. Posted: Wed 13th of July, 2016

Cyclone Roanu exposed Sri Lankan disaster response gaps

ICTs can help disaster response, so long as they are fully integrated into overall systems, says Nalaka Gunawardene. Posted: Thu 16th of June, 2016

Q&A: Online training revives Somalia’s mental healthcare

Psychiatrist Djibril Handuleh explains what it takes to get ICT-based training off the ground in the fragile state. Posted: Wed 16th of March, 2016

View on Gender: Are single-sex labs the answer after all?

Women-only computing at the University of Zimbabwe has boosted skills and confidence, says Elizabeth Mlambo. Posted: Wed 10th of February, 2016

South Asia Analysis: Digital age needs analogue base

South Asia’s recent ICT gains are impressive, but to bridge the gap calls for more action, says Nalaka Gunawardane. Posted: Thu 4th of February, 2016

Monitoring hazards from the sky

From flood hazard maps produced with laser scanners on airplanes, Philippine system aids in disaster mitigation. Posted: Tue 12th of January, 2016

Our favourite features of 2015

The picks include a probe into Ugandan universities and a look at how computers can predict violence Posted: Mon 28th of December, 2015

Online map seeks to boost indigenous land rights

Interactive global LandMark map aims to protect local access to traditional lands and combat deforestation. Posted: Mon 30th of November, 2015

New routes open up data for Jamaican farmers

Farmers in Jamaica need information. It’s time to make open data meaningful for them, says Matthew McNaughton. Posted: Thu 19th of November, 2015

Open data underpins equality

Work around open data is turning from mere gathering to use in policy, summit hears. Posted: Fri 6th of November, 2015

Data doesn’t always tell the whole story — here’s why

Good data should be a starting point, not the end, of addressing societal challenges such as gender inequality. Posted: Mon 2nd of November, 2015

Networks

Online tool to track African women in STEM

Tool for tracking mentored students aims to boost girls and women in STEM, seen as key to Africa’s sustainable future. Posted: Fri 17th of February, 2017

Cassava could 'transform economies' in Central Africa

A biennial forum for Central African countries has been formed to improve cassava’s importance in the region. Posted: Mon 16th of January, 2017

Smallholders team up to confront climate change impacts

Thanks to smallholders coming together, they are now getting trained to become resilient to climate change. Posted: Fri 13th of January, 2017

Platform to bolster biodiversity conservation launched

A project has been launched to help countries in West Africa develop and achieve biodiversity conservation. Posted: Wed 11th of January, 2017

False health news more popular on Facebook

Public posts with false information about Zika shared via the social media site were more popular than real news. Posted: Tue 10th of January, 2017

How to advance your career in science

How do you get on the right path in your scientific career? Here we’ve distilled advice and tips from researchers. Posted: Mon 17th of October, 2016

Africa Analysis: Benefits of the restarted R&D alliance

The reboot of Europe-Africa clinical trials alliance could make Africa invest in R&D, writes Linda Nordling. Posted: Fri 30th of September, 2016

Connectivity indices ignore globalisation damage

Existing indices focus on economics and often fail to capture social and environmental impacts, report says. Posted: Thu 7th of July, 2016

Africa Analysis: Science academies are failing women

Just 10 per cent of African science academy members are women. It’s time governments act, writes Linda Nordling. Posted: Mon 11th of April, 2016

Elsevier plans African open access journal

The science publisher is drawing up ideas alongside several African organisations for a 2016 launch. Posted: Mon 21st of December, 2015

How to reach a wider audience for your research

Juan Pablo Alperin & Alessandra Bordini with tips for using ‘altmetrics’ to learn about and engage with audiences. Posted: Mon 21st of December, 2015

China promises boost to African bamboo expertise

New network aims to transfer knowledge about novel uses of the plant to cut carbon emissions, event hears. Posted: Fri 11th of December, 2015

Science in Muslim world improved but still dismal

Researchers in Muslim countries are publishing more papers, but lack of science funding is causing concern. Posted: Mon 16th of November, 2015

Forecasts fail to predict seesawing sea levels

Pacific SIDS need better models for adapting to rapid swings in sea levels caused by climate change. Posted: Fri 16th of October, 2015

Africa Analysis: What a new alliance needs to succeed

It is up to Africans to sustain an alliance to promote science excellence on the continent, writes Linda Nordling. Posted: Wed 23rd of September, 2015

Initiatives launched to drive R&D in Africa

Three new schemes have been launched to accelerate scientific excellence and innovation in Africa. Posted: Tue 22nd of September, 2015

Is South-South cooperation just a catchphrase?

Countries in the global South are struggling to find their own approach to development partnership, meeting hears. Posted: Tue 15th of September, 2015

Weak links hamper knowledge sharing in agriculture

Agricultural systems are changing. They need knowledge networks, not independent brokers, says Benjamin Kwasi Addom. Posted: Tue 8th of September, 2015

Chance, not interest, keeps African students from science

Badly trained teachers, government interference and lack of study places are barriers to science degrees. Posted: Thu 3rd of September, 2015

Getting African research from the lab to the airwaves

Hear BBC Africa’s Alex Jakana discuss the radio partnerships communicating African research to the continent. Posted: Fri 15th of May, 2015

Data

Nigeria’s anti-homosexuality laws block access to care

Impact of discriminatory attitudes on mental health and access to care by LGBT+ people has been overlooked. Posted: Tue 24th of January, 2017

Study maps carbon recovery after Amazon logging

Capacity to store carbon after selective logging varies by area, with northern sites showing higher recovery. Posted: Wed 18th of January, 2017

Millions exposed to mercury in urban Pakistan

Hair samples taken from 22 sites across Pakistan show high exposure to mercury from agriculture and industry. Posted: Fri 16th of December, 2016

African policymakers get new, reliable climate data

A new report with factsheets could help African policymakers plan to fight climate change. Posted: Mon 5th of December, 2016

Coming of age: Robots in farms

A number of robots intended to help farmers manage farms, cut cost and maximise productivity are in the pipeline. Posted: Mon 28th of November, 2016

Citizen science efforts should be scaled up

Study lists paths to wooing more volunteer citizen scientists to collect data on biodiversity. Posted: Wed 16th of November, 2016

Asia-Pacific Analysis: R&D spending boosts development

While global R&D spending is at a new high, 80 per cent of that comes from only 10 countries, reports Crispin Maslog. Posted: Tue 25th of October, 2016

A step towards better science for education policy

A registry of trials and experimental studies is a promising move towards more robust evidence base. Posted: Mon 10th of October, 2016

Lionfish invasion an ‘unprecedented threat’

Invasion reduced Cuji fish by half, signalling a serious hazard for biodiversity in the US and the Caribbean. Posted: Wed 5th of October, 2016

Cancer in poor countries: Too big to tackle?

Governments face an uphill battle to control cancer. Simple messages and basic capabilities can help. Posted: Thu 22nd of September, 2016

Global study pins down engineering and development links

More engineering capacity promises to boost economies but focus on poverty, education and gender parity remain poor. Posted: Wed 14th of September, 2016

Indigenous people need control over digital tech

Without confidence in their tech skills, indigenous people may risk giving away their culture via the digital world, a conference hears. Posted: Wed 14th of September, 2016

Growth boom puts nature reserves at risk

Brazil’s need for infrastructure means protected areas are being downgraded or downsized, a trend also seen in India. Posted: Mon 5th of September, 2016

Mobile tech enables family planning data access

A mobile tech project is helping eight Sub-Saharan African nations access new family planning data every six months. Posted: Thu 4th of August, 2016

Indonesia study disputes UN data on peat fire emissions

NASA-funded research shows lower carbon emissions from Indonesia forest fires but higher hazardous gases. Posted: Fri 22nd of July, 2016

Data gaps hide pockets of HIV

Bad quality data on HIV results in poor care for women and marginalised groups, a report finds. Posted: Wed 20th of July, 2016

Lessons learned from making data visualisation

This report builds on our experiences of producing data visualisations and in data journalism, and brings together the lessons we have learned with insights from the broader sector of research communications. Posted: Mon 18th of July, 2016

Pakistan predicts dengue cases with helpline data

Pakistan has begun using data from a dengue helpline to forecast likely case numbers three weeks in advance. Posted: Tue 12th of July, 2016

Carbon emissions from Indonesia forest fires hit new high

Indonesia’s forest fires emitted a record 11.3 million tonnes of carbon per day in 2015, topping a 1997 high. Posted: Wed 6th of July, 2016

Atlas maps benefit ocean ecosystems

Atlas of Ocean Wealth maps vast coastal and marine resources that can assist conservation and development plans. Posted: Tue 21st of June, 2016

Digital divide

Online censors are a barrier to sex education

Sex, lies and algorithms — educators need to work with a changing online landscape, says Pauline Oosterhoff. Posted: Wed 30th of November, 2016

Why internet use is low in Africa

A report says that lack of local content is among factors influencing Africa’s low internet adoption. Posted: Tue 15th of November, 2016

View on Gender: Are single-sex labs the answer after all?

Women-only computing at the University of Zimbabwe has boosted skills and confidence, says Elizabeth Mlambo. Posted: Wed 10th of February, 2016

South Asia Analysis: Digital age needs analogue base

South Asia’s recent ICT gains are impressive, but to bridge the gap calls for more action, says Nalaka Gunawardane. Posted: Thu 4th of February, 2016

Data doesn’t always tell the whole story — here’s why

Good data should be a starting point, not the end, of addressing societal challenges such as gender inequality. Posted: Mon 2nd of November, 2015

Focus on Private Sector: Competition can deliver SDGs

Business role in the goals could take off if firms are encouraged to compete on sustainability, says Maha Rafi Atal. Posted: Fri 9th of October, 2015

World’s biggest e-dump, or vital supplies for Ghana?

This photo essay visits Agbogbloshie in Ghana, often portrayed as a ‘hellscape’ of electronic waste. Posted: Mon 5th of October, 2015

The hidden digital divide

The unstoppable global spread of the internet is encouraging, but wider access alone won't close the data gap. Posted: Wed 30th of September, 2015

Open data ‘not enough to improve lives’

Developing nations must ensure the statistics they publish will help solve real-life problems, say practitioners. Posted: Thu 6th of August, 2015

Obama’s hangover: Capitalising on the hype

As the euphoria of the US president’s visit subsides, is it simply back to business as usual for most Kenyans? Posted: Mon 3rd of August, 2015

View on Private Sector: Digital Islamic economy booms

The Middle East is an early adopter of digital tech, but citizens may see limited benefits, says Duncan Stewart. Posted: Fri 31st of July, 2015

Facebook’s free internet limits poor users

Facebook’s initiative to get more people online may limit free speech and disadvantage poor users, critics say. Posted: Fri 29th of May, 2015

Dream of remote internet connections still up in the air

There’s no shortage of ideas for getting internet to people in developing countries, but will they work? Gareth Willmer investigates. Posted: Tue 13th of January, 2015

Facebook’s universal access ‘Trojan horse’ attacked

Critics say the Internet.org app, which offers free web access to the poor, also reinforces online monopolies. Posted: Thu 27th of November, 2014

Cheap mobiles drive Myanmar’s farming revolution

This audio slideshow explores how lower SIM card prices have dramatically changed how farmers do business. Posted: Mon 15th of September, 2014

Commission seeks new ways to govern the internet

The world needs a new approach to global internet governance, even while many still wait to be connected. Posted: Tue 29th of July, 2014

Big obstacles ahead for big data for development

Big data’s great promise for development will need both human and technical capacity building, reports Jan Piotrowski. Posted: Tue 15th of April, 2014

Focus on Migration: A tech ‘wiki’ site could improve lives

A Wikipedia-like site would allow migrants to share effective tips and information, says Max Martin. Posted: Thu 6th of February, 2014

Building low-cost tools to bridge the digital divide

With scientific innovation, simple technology and creativity can compensate for a lack of money. Posted: Mon 20th of January, 2014

Internet balloons take to the sky

Tethered balloon base stations will be used to bring affordable wireless internet access to remote places in Brazil. Posted: Wed 8th of January, 2014

Knowledge economy

Language a barrier to flow of scientific knowledge

Low visibility of non-English language papers blocks knowledge transfer and can cause biases, researchers say. Posted: Wed 1st of February, 2017

Gulf’s move away from oil depends on funding science

Nadia Al-Ansari says research funding is the Gulf states’ bridge to a knowledge economy and sustainable development. Posted: Mon 19th of December, 2016

Ethical research code influenced by San leader

The first indigenous-developed ethics code in Africa is being finalised by TRUST after Andries Steenkamp, San leader, passed away recently.. Posted: Thu 20th of October, 2016

How to fund Africa’s higher education?

SciDev.Net’s online debate raised vital questions about how money should flow into universities, and for what purpose. Posted: Thu 1st of September, 2016

Tunisian digital revolution opens up education

Hear Houda Bouslama explain how the country is using technology to rethink the country’s university system. Posted: Tue 26th of July, 2016

African hunger policy silent on climate risks

An African policy that aims to end hunger by 2025 underestimated the risk of climate change, says a new report. Posted: Tue 28th of June, 2016

How universities can boost research uptake

African institutions can learn from the University of Mauritius’s push to make science visible, says Romeela Mohee. Posted: Tue 10th of May, 2016

Hurdles in path of an African Einstein

A forum of researchers is pushing the continent’s science profile, but missing some important details. Posted: Fri 11th of March, 2016

How to reach a wider audience for your research

Juan Pablo Alperin & Alessandra Bordini with tips for using ‘altmetrics’ to learn about and engage with audiences. Posted: Mon 21st of December, 2015

Five ways to boost learning in shelter work

Humanitarian work needs lasting investment in systems to manage knowledge, not just information, says Tom Corsellis. Posted: Tue 24th of November, 2015

Millions of graduates quit Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Brain drain’ in the region has nearly doubled in a decade, says OECD report. Posted: Tue 10th of November, 2015

Weak links hamper knowledge sharing in agriculture

Agricultural systems are changing. They need knowledge networks, not independent brokers, says Benjamin Kwasi Addom. Posted: Tue 8th of September, 2015

Redefine Africa with knowledge, says minister

Listen to South African science minister Naledi Pandor discuss why Africa must take control of its own problems. Posted: Fri 24th of July, 2015

Forest communities map their land using data loggers

Local people can use the devices after minimal training to visualise their land use rights, a project shows. Posted: Mon 8th of June, 2015

Africa’s inventors shackled by bad IP regimes

Delegates at the Innovation Prize for Africa event have said that poor legislation is hampering their aspirations. Posted: Thu 21st of May, 2015

Getting African research from the lab to the airwaves

Hear BBC Africa’s Alex Jakana discuss the radio partnerships communicating African research to the continent. Posted: Fri 15th of May, 2015

Africa’s knowledge economy isn’t simply about data

The term denigrates the knowledge underlying human activity and confuses it with the products of that knowledge. Posted: Thu 14th of May, 2015

Reforming African universities to transform economies

Hear University of Ghana boss Ernest Aryeetey outline the changes needed to ensure universities’ survival. Posted: Tue 12th of May, 2015

Managing rumours and misinformation in West Africa

Rumours about Ebola generated social challenges that were real but surmountable, finds Amzath Fassasi. Posted: Wed 29th of April, 2015

Debate Africa’s knowledge economy

SciDev.Net held an online debate discussing how close Africa is to joining the world’s knowledge-driven future. Posted: Fri 24th of April, 2015