Monday, March 02, 2015

Liberia Extractive Media Watch formed

The Extractive Media Watch (EMW) has been officially registered as a not-for-profit organization under the laws of Liberia.The organization was conceived in 2013 after a group of Liberian journalists attended a week-long intensive training on the covering the oil and gas sector.

The week-long training was provided by the International Institute for Information and Communication Technologies Journalism also known as PenPlusBytes with sponsorship from Humanity United.The training was held in collaboration with the Liberia Media Center, United States Embassy, and some international oil companies including Chevron Liberia Limited.

PenPlusBytes seeks to empower the media through the use of ICTs to advance the work of journalism. It consists of a network of media organizations and journalists interested in using ICTs effectively to advance the cause of journalism.

Some of the journalists who formed part of the 2013 oil and gas worked for The Daily Observer, Liberia Broadcasting System, Hot FM, Heritage and the Informer newspapers. Others include the Liberia Women Democracy Radio and the New Dawn newspaper.

A news release quotes the groups coordinator, Mr. Roland Perry as saying that the certification of group will help strengthen the work of the organization in achieving its aim of at advocating for the rights of Liberians as it relates to the country's extractive sector.

Mr. Perry noted that the organization has been formed and is inspired to increase transparency and accountability in the extractive sector of Liberia through up-to-date and accurate reporting.

He added that it will increase media engagements with the view to playing a watchdog role over the sector and highlighting citizens' participation, in budget formulation, budget tracking, monitoring and reporting processes over revenue generated from the extractive sector.

Mr. Perry stated that the EMW also intends to extend its watchdog role to making sure that concession companies operating in the extractive sector live up to their social responsibilities to the communities in which they operate, especially as it relates to local content.

Roland M. Perry

Friday, February 27, 2015

Technology Salon - Accra: How Can Drones Accelerate Ghana's Development?

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How Can Drones Accelerate Ghana’s Development?

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March 10th Accra Salon - RSVP Now

Ghana is making good progress toward achieving accelerated development using ICT. It is time we consider unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to circumvent key developmental challenges and accelerate the socio-economic development of the country.

UAVs do have an image problem from military uses of drones. Yet with improvements in technology and lowering cost, UAVs now have applications in development, with key roles in aerial photography and videos, remote sensing, and automated package delivery in both humanitarian response and long-term change.

Please RSVP now to join the March Technology Salon Accra where we will discuss key questions and issues surrounding the possibilities, prospect and challenges of deploying drones for development in Ghana:
  • What are the prospects of drone technology for Ghana’s development?
  • In what specific areas of Ghana’s developmental framework can drone technology be deployed?
  • What are the challenges and regulatory issues surrounding the application of drones in Ghana
  • What local research and development opportunities exist to support home-grown drone solutions?
Please RSVP now to join us and fly a drone during this Tech Salon session. We’ll have two key thought leaders to guide our discussions and lead a way forward:

   Kwamena Hazel, drone flyer for AeroShutter
   Kwami Ahiabenu, II, GIS specialist at PenPlusBytes
   Dr Amos Kabo-bah - Energy and Environmental Engineer and Ag. Head, GEONETCast Centre

Please RSVP now to join them and your esteemed peers at the next Technology Salon Accra. We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list!

Drones for Ghana's Development
March Technology Salon Accra
8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 10th
New Media Hub at PenPlusBytes
No.1 Ostwe Close, Ako Adjei, Osu,
Accra, Ghana (map)
RSVP is Required

About the Technology Salon
The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 35 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged.
It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!