UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize

In this post I am going to talk a bit more about what exactly this prize is, before sharing some insights from Tim Unwin who graciously agreed to speaking with me on the topic.

What is the Prize?

The UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities is one of twenty three UNESCO prizes, and the only one to focus on persons with disabilities. The prize of $40,000 USD is divided equally between an individual person and an organization.

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Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

The nominees are in for the UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah  Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and we are looking forward to hearing all about them! Stay tuned for more posts, where we will talk about this event, past – present – and future.

Also keep an eye out this weekend for a special post, where we interview a surprise special guest. The only hint to who it is we will reveal today is that this person played a key role in devising the process for this award.

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ICT4DD In Action: Caribbean Telecommunications Union

Welcome to the final post of my 3 part mini series “ICT4DD in Action”. In the first two posts, we explored some examples of how ICTs are impacting the lives of people living with disabilities in Ghana and in Cambodia. In both of these examples, I focused on the use of ICTs by NGOs, so for a little change of pace in this final article I will be focusing on the Caribbean Telecommunications Union.

Very little has been written on disability in the Caribbean, and even less statistical data can be found. So I found myself at a loss in drawing any conclusions on overall trends of disability in the region. Some countries do seem to have legislation mandating access for the disabled to public buildings and transportation, though there is very little information available on programmes targeting the disabled. I also found very few organizations that focussed on helping persons with disabilities. It seems to me that persons with disabilities in the Caribbean have historically been quite invisible. This does seem to be changing however, alongside a global trend of recognizing this historically invisible minority group. The Caribbean Telecommunications Union has been active in raising awareness and creating accessible solutions for those living with disabilities.

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ICT4DD in Action: Krousar Thmey Cambodia

Welcome to post 2 of 3 in my mini series ‘ICT4DD in Action’! If you missed my first post, where we zoned in on Ghana, then you may be wondering what ICT4DD is. It stands for Information Communication Technology for Development and Disabilities. This time, we are going to take a close up look at Cambodia’s blind population. But first, I think we need to take a step back for a moment. Continue reading “ICT4DD in Action: Krousar Thmey Cambodia”

ICT4DD in Action: VSO Ghana

Welcome to the first of three posts in my mini series “ICT4DD in Action”. The extra ‘D’ in the acronym is no typo- it adds to the typically seen ICT4D to make ‘Information and Communications Technologies for Development and Disabilities”. This series will let us dive in and take a look at how current aid organizations are using ICTs to help those living with disabilities today. ICTs are critical to those living with disabilities, and are key to breaking the cycle of poverty for those living in developing countries.

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