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SWALIM Participates in ICT for Development (ICT4D) Conference

As an annual global event that has evolved rapidly over the past eight years, the “ICT4D” Conference brings together a broad assortment of international development professionals who are applying technological innovations in their work to promote development across the world.

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SWALIM Holds Information Sharing Fair

SWALIM will be holding two “Information Sharing Days” for colleagues and partners to be held on July 12th and 13th, 2016, at the FAO Somalia offices in Nairobi. The open days are geared toward informing stakeholders on SWALIM’s activities and sharing best practices, allowing participants to discover emerging technologies and see firsthand the valuable and innovative approaches that SWALIM is using to achieve its mandate. During the sessions, participants will be given an overview of the award-winning SWALIM project and the outputs and services offered to clients and partners.

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SWALIM Partners with Local Disaster Agencies

SWALIM continues to strengthen its partnerships with local disaster management authorities; HADMA, NERAD and SoDMA, in Puntland, Somaliland and Southern and Central regions, respectively. The partnerships aim to strengthen existing early warning systems in Somalia.  In July, a course on Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning will be held in each of the three regions to increase local capacity to reduce disaster risks and build resilient communities. The participants will be drawn mostly from Government ministries.

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SWALIM Expands Climate Monitoring Network

SWALIM has partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) to monitor the climate inside Somalia. Together with the Ministry, SWALIM will install an additional four automatic weather stations and two manual rain gauges in the southern parts of the country where SWALIM’s monitoring network is sparse. The new AWS will be installed in Baidoa, Mogadishu, Jowhar and another location still to be determined.

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SWALIM Improves Ground Water Monitoring Systems

To improve groundwater monitoring, SWALIM has acquired state-of-the-art groundwater monitoring equipment (known as divers) for installation in aquifers at sites in major cities across the country. The new divers record water level, salinity and temperature in boreholes twice a day, and transmit the data via satellite in near real time.  During the month of July, six automatic divers will be installed in Hargeisa, Borama and Berbera in Somaliland; and Garowe, Bossaso and Galkayo in Puntland. Installation in the south will follow in August.

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SWALIM Participates in ICT4D Conference

The 2016 ICT4D Conference is a global event that has evolved over the past 8 years gathering together a large group of international development professionals who are applying innovations in technology to development work.

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SWALIM Wins Big!

During the week of 2-6 May, 2016, the SWALIM CTA was in Switzerland to receive the coveted WSIS award as a “Champion” in the category of “e-Agriculture”.  The WSIS prize, organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), recognizes innovative and successful efforts to harness ICTs in development work around the world.

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SWALIM Gives Training in Mogadishu on Open-Source GIS, Google Earth and GPS

SWALIM has been working on expanding the capacity of Somali government line ministries and partner agencies on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by conducting an intensive training course on “Basic GIS, Google Earth and Global Positioning System (GPS)”  in Mogadishu.

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Heavy storms experienced in parts of Somaliland

Heavy storms have been reported  in parts of Awdal and Wooqoyi Galbeed regions in Somaliland. The storms have led destruction of structures, loss of unconfirmed number of livestock and six human lives. For details refer to Somalia Rainfall Forecast 07-04-2016

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SWALIM AWARDED WSIS PRIZE “CHAMPION”

SWALIM project has been awarded WSIS Prize Champions in the category of “E-Agriculture” for 2016. This is a very important recognition of the innovative work that SWALIM has carried out in making the most of modern digital technologies in a developing country context. SWALIM joins 5 other projects in this category and 88 projects overall that have been named “Champions”.
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