Welcome to ICT4WD blogspot

Welcome to ICT4WD blogspot
Women empowering themselves in community center

ICT for rural women's development

by Dr. Meera K. Joseph

This research portal is a fruit of Meera Joseph’s commitment to empowering rural women using Information and Communication Technologies. ICT should not lead to mere urbanizations of rural areas, but the empowerment of rural community. The rural areas are needed for earth’s sustainability and rural women are the main resources for agricultural sector and indigenous knowledge. Rural women are marginalized and denied basic access to education and health and often banned from decision-making processes in the community. This portal focuses on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed at the U N Millennium Summit in Sep 2000 were:
•Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
•Achieve universal primary education
•Promote gender equality and empower women
•Reduce child mortality
•Improve maternal health
•Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases
•Ensure environmental sustainability
•Develop a global partnership for development

Make sure you acknowledge me if you use this blog (Blog:
www.ICT4WD.blogspot.com ). All web page links were accessed on 26th May 2008.

ICTs used by rural women for empowerment

1. Radio, TV and New Media More.., Freeplay Radios More..
2. Computers and other ICT equipment in Community Learning Centre More..
3. Mobile phones – SMS, 3G, GPRS, MMS More..
Eg: Read-Easi language pack with Zulu, Afrikaans, Sotho and Xhosa modules, in addition to English More..
4. Videos - you tube links (/video bar), take back the tech links
5. PDA
6. Internet, e- forum, email and Newsletters like – Anasooya , Pambazuka News

Authors recent publications (2007-2014):

Accepted papers - to be published in
1. Akinlabi, O.A., Paul,
B.S., Joseph, M.K. and Ferreira, H.C. 2014 “Femto Cells: A review”. ISBN: 9789881925334.
International Multi-Conference of
Engineers and Computer Scientists 2014 (IMECS 2014)
2. Akinlabi, O.A., Paul, B.S., Joseph, M.K. and Ferreira,
H.C. 2014. A pricing policy to mitigate interference management in Femtocells
network. 3rd International conference on Computer Technology and
Science, Malaysia. Proceedings in International Journal of Computer Theory and
Engineering (IJCTE) ISSN: 1793-8201
3. Joseph, M. K. and F
Varachia, 2014. Impact of technology in farming and food production in South
Africa. Proceedings in COGIT 2014, to be presented
at GITMA 2014, ISSN: 1947-4822, US, http://www.ivylp.com/catalog/item/4569041/7734191.htm
Joseph, M. K. and F Varachia, 2014. ICT use in Community Casting Project. Proceedings
in COGIT 2014, to be presented at GITMA 2014, ISSN: 1947-4822, US, http://www.ivylp.com/catalog/item/4569041/7734191.htm
2 Journal Papers
finalized in 2014

Joseph, M.K. and Varachia F. 2013. “Challenges in skills development in the
foundry industry”
2013 Rome, ISBN 2146 7382 PP. 597-604

Joseph, M.K. and Varachia F. 2013. “Technologies for SME development: focus
Rustenburg incubator”
2013 Rome, ISBN 2146 7382 PP. 7-13 http://www.iste-c.net/publications/istec-idec2013.pdf

Joseph, M.K. 2013. “Critical theory for
women empowerment through ICT studies” Qualitative Research Journal,
editor: Mark Vicars and Julie White QRJ Vol 13(2). ISSN 14439883. AQR-DPR
conference, Australia.
Available online: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1443-9883&volume=13&issue=2&PHPSESSID=6hphoiodrvr30du8vdc6vberv3

Joseph, M.K., Patel, P. and Kayisu, A. 2013. “A comparison of ICT
Initiatives in South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo” COGIT 2013, Vol
5, presented at GITMA 2013, ISSN: 1947-4822 KL, Malaysia, http://www.ivyleague.thinknetsites.com/cogit_2013_vol_5.html
9. Joseph, M.K. and Ogra, A., 2013. “ICT Reforms and Citizen Service Delivery –
Lessons from Municipal ICT Applications” COGIT 2013 Vol 5 , presented for
GITMA 2013, ISSN: 1947-4822, KL, Malaysia, http://gitma.org/images/2013/DraftShedule.pdf
; http://www.ivyleague.thinknetsites.com/cogit_2013_vol_5.html

Joseph, M.K., and Varachia F. 2013 “Improving Technical Skills of Small
Foundries in South Africa” Published proceeding. Paper presented at ARCEE 2013

Joseph, M. K. 2012. “The African
Experience with ICT for Rural Women’s Development”. Chapter in the Book:
“Rural Development - Contemporary Issues and Practices, ISBN 978-953-51-0461-2,
edited by Rashid Solagberu Adisa. INTECH. Pg 355-374

12. Joseph, M.K. and Varachia, F. 2011 “Economic and social opportunities of casting
technology for rural woman” Paper presented at ISEM 2011, in the proceeding
Innovative Systems Thinking: Unravelling Complexity
for Successful Solutions Stellenbosch South Africa.
ISBN: 9780620507127. Available online: http://isem.org.za/index.php/isem/isem2011/paper/download/37/25
Accessed on 9 March 2012 pp 1:37-11

Joseph, M.K. 2011. “The potential of ICTs
to empower rural women”. IST-Africa
2011, Paper presented at Gabarone, Botswana. Conference Proceedings, Paul
Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds). International Information Management
Corporation, 2011, ISBN: 978-1-905824-151 Available online: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=6107338
Accessed on 9 March 2012

14. Joseph, M.K. 2010.
"Using participation and participatory approaches to introduce ICTs to
rural communities", IST-Africa 2010, Paper presented at Durban ICC.
Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds). IIMC
International Information Management Corporation, 2010, ISBN:
978-1-905824-151 http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5753028&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D5753028
JOSEPH, M.K. AND ANDREW, T.N. Sep 23-25 2009, “Information and Communication
Technology policy imperatives for rural women empowerment: focus on South
Africa ” http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5308397&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D5308397
IEEE Africon 09 conference paper,
Nairobi, Kenya, ISBN 978 1 4244- 3919 /5/09
JOSEPH, M.K. AND ANDREW, T.N. 2008, “Participatory Approaches for the
Development and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for
rural farmers” 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society
conference paper presented (ISTAS 08), New Brunswick, Canada, IEEE catalog no:
CFP08SIT CDR ISBN 978 1424416707 IEEE xplore link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/login.jsp?url=/iel5/4558058/4559749/04559774.pdf?arnumber=4559774
Joseph, M. K. and Andrew, T. N., 2007, “Convergence
opportunities and factors influencing the use of internet and telephony by
rural women in South Africa and India towards empowerment”; - International Federation for Information
Processing, Volume 241, Home Informatics and Telematics: ICT for the Next
Billion, eds. Venkatesh, A., Gonsalves, T.. Monk, A., Buckner, K., (Boston:
Springer), pp. 1–20. ISBN: 978-0-387-73696-9
(Proceedings of IFIP TC 9, WG 9.3 HOIT 2007 http://www.springerlink.com/content/13p24x38727105q4/
presented at IIT, Chennai, India.)

Publications on or before
18. MEERA JOSEPH “Evolution of UML for real-time object-oriented
modeling”; SAIEE Elektron, Vol 20 No.5 May 2003, Pg 42-43. (This paper was
awarded institute premium (for best paper) / cash award by SAIEE)
19. MEERA JOSEPH “The UML for Data modelers”; SAIEE Elektron, Vol
21, No. 4, April 2004 issue, Pg 72.
16. MEERA JOSEPH “Java for Engineers and Scientists”; SAIEE
Elektron, Vol 22 No.5, May 2005 pg 59,60.
20. MEERA JOSEPH “Software Engineering: Agile Manifesto”; SAIEE
Elektron, Vol 22 No.9, Sep 2005 p 70-71.
21. JOSEPH, M.K. AND ANDREW, T.N. 2006. "An Overview
of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Initiatives in Rural Africa
Towards Empowerment", IST-Africa
2006 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds).
IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2006, ISBN:

Contact me

Consultations on ICT for rural women empowerment to me by rural women or women’s organisations will be for free until further notice. Click here to contact me.Please feel free to contact me if your organization caters for rural women empowerment using ICT. If you have similar research interests that need to be uploaded or any misinformation in my blog you may post a mail to me.


Friday, June 20, 2008


E-governance links

Rural Outreach Programme (ROP): Uganda http://www.comminit.com/en/node/118305/306

Gender based e-governance

OneWorld South Asia (OWSA) http://propoorict.ekduniya.net


MPCC –South Africa http://www.southafrica.info/services/government/mpcc.htm

Universal Service Agency

“Freedom, Democracy and Gender Equality”: Sierra Leone http://www.slcgg.org/home.htm

Oral Testimony (OT) http://dci-canada.org/RPNov2006.pdf

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