Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Development Gateway Award Nominations

Development Gateway Award website:

Six finalists have been chosen from a field of 135 nominations for the Development Gateway Award 2005. The $100,000 award, to be announced in September, will recognize one of the finalists for outstanding achievement in using information technology to improve the lives of people in developing countries.

"Working in all world regions, the nominees demonstrate the impact that technologies such as the Internet, satellite communications, smart cards, and others can have on development in various fields. For instance, Radio News Agency 68H, of Indonesia, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation have been active in relief and recovery after the Asian tsunami. ITC e-Choupal and MAP-IT are helping India's farmers improve their livelihoods. Other finalists include Modemmujer, of Mexico, for advancing women's rights in Latin America; and Prodem, for bringing banking to Bolivian villages." The finalists' stories are be shared on the Development Gateway.

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