Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

Moving with the Digital World: Information and Technology Trainings in Bhutan

16-year-old Tshering always had a great interest in learning new skills pertaining to computers and new technologies. But because Tshering resides in Changjiji in Thimphu, Bhutan, her access to computers, internet or the opportunities to develop 21st-century skills is none too easy. READ Bhutan’s Engaging Youth with Information and Computer Technology Trainings (ICT) project was […]

Three new READ Centers launched in Nepal in partnership with Reach out to Asia

This winter, READ opened three new Centers in the Terai region of southern Nepal, as part of an exciting new partnership with The Reach out to Asia Foundation. Two of the Centers – Jahada and Pragatinagar – are located in Nawalparasi, a densely populated agricultural region where poverty forces many residents to cross the nearby […]

Women in Nepal receive prenatal care via mobile app

In Nepal, it is difficult for expecting mothers to regularly visit their doctors for prenatal health check-ups. They often have to travel a long way on foot to the nearest health clinic, sometimes across very rough terrain. These conditions also make it difficult for local health workers to keep track of patients.   Many Nepali […]

Access to Information as a 2015 UN ‘Sustainable Development Goal’

Most of us take for granted our ability to easily access information, almost wherever and whenever we want. Books, computers, and cell phones are standard tools in our homes, schools and offices. Now, imagine that for one day, you couldn’t use the Internet or read books. You couldn’t check your email, scan the news online, […]

How Public Libraries Can Support Community Literacy

This article originally appeared at Beyond Access. READ Global and IREX are both collaborators of the Beyond Access initiative. As the starting point for access to information, opportunity and advancement, literacy is understandably a key priority for governments and organizations across the development spectrum. So, with more than 230,000 public libraries in developing countries around […]

Job Skills Training to Empower Women in India

From media attention about sexual assault to an increased focus on the 33% of women who are illiterate, women’s empowerment in India is a growing national issue. One area in which India lags behind even its neighboring countries in South Asia is in women’s participation in the labor force: only 29% of Indian women work. […]

Digital tools raise awareness on maternal health in Nepal

This article was written as part of the Women Weave the Web campaign of our partner organization WorldPulse, and is written by Sanjana Shrestha, the Nepal Country Director of READ Global. Dol Kumari was born in Nepal, married at age nine, and a mother of two by sixteen. After childbirth, she suffered from uterine prolapse—a […]

Addressing Community Needs Through ICT4D

A version of this article originally appeared on the website of one of READ’s partner organizations, IREX, and is written by Alex Pompe, who traveled to Bhutan in 2013 as an ICT advisor to READ Global. READ Global seeks to learn how to effectively partner with local information communications technology (ICT) capacity in India, Nepal, […]

Libraries Provide Health Services in India

Health is vital to the prosperity of rural villagers, who are often isolated from critical resources that are only available at hospitals in larger cities. Simple treatments like vaccinations, eye exams, and annual check-ups can make the difference between a child who can’t go to school and one who is engaged in the classroom. To […]

READ Nepal wins innovation award

In August, READ Nepal received a Public Library Innovation Award from Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) at the IFLA WLIC 2013 for its commitment to empowering women in innovative ways at our Model Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. Gender discrimination is pervasive in Nepal—girls’ education is a low priority and as a result, 48% of Nepalese […]

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