African blogs on ICT for development

Publication date: 
May 2008
Author: 
Karel Novotný
Publisher: 
APC

As part of its research activities, APC has compiled a list of African ICT blogs. Thematically, most of them focus on ICT4D issues, although some others deal rather with online journalism, ICT policy, freedom of expression, or other related issues.

Both very generally focused blogs are represented (ICT in Africa), as well as blogs looking at specific issues (alternative energy sources). The list includes both blogs from individual bloggers, as well as some relevant blogs by groups, NGOs or private companies.

This list of African blogs is by no means exhaustive, and particularly blogs in French, Arabic and Portuguese are under-represented. If you know of any other relevant blogs that should be featured here, add them as comments to this post or send a message to karel-at-apc.org.

The list can be also downloaded as an OpenOffice spreadsheet document or as MS Excel file.

Blog aggregators

Afrigator
Aggregator of African blogs, including blogs focused on ICT4D, advocacy, etc.
Language: En

Africa &ICT
Aggregated blogs about Africa&ICT @ Wordpress
Language: En

Amatomu
South African blog aggregator featuring also ‘technology’ category
Language: En

Blogging Africa – Pambazuka News
News service on African blogs on all types of issues related to social justice in Africa
Language: En

Inexhaustive list of African blogs and web 2.0 sites
Inexhaustive list of African blogs and web 2.0 sites on Kabissa.org wiki
Language: En

h3. Blogs

3wan.net
Blog by Ewan Sutherland on (also African) telecoms and regulations.
Language: En

Africa Blog
Blog on issues related to HIV/AIDS and ICTs in Africa, handheld computers in development, ICT4D, PDA’s for development, poverty, telecoms for development…
Language: En

AfriGadget
Solving everyday problems with African ingenuity – One of the blog’s sections is dedicated to communication technology
Language: En

Aluka Blog
Aluka blog – Building a digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa
Language: En

Anything ICT and Open Source
Blog by Ghanean ICT and open source acttivist and enthusiast Charles Amega-Selorm
Language: En

APC Blog – English
Blog of The Association for Progressive Communications APC
Language: En

Beer, Coffee, and a Little DSP
Blog by David Rowe whose company is specialising on development of low cost wireless and other networking solutions
Language: En

Changing Journalism
Blog by a Kenyan blogger Rebecca Wanjiku, writing on Journalism, ICTs, digital villages, etc
Language: En

Clement Nyirenda’s Blog World
Clement Nyirenda’s blog on technology and its use in the fight against poverty
Language: En

CodeZed
Blog by (and for) People passionate about technology and even more passionate about technology in Zambia.
Language: En

e-protesting Ugandans
Newly set-up blog by Ugandan blogger Musoke-Kezio David
Language: En

Experiences
Private blog by Ugandan blogger John Kibuuka – Experiences on things that contribute towards the development of the east African region, with a special focus on on ICT.
Language: En

Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
Blog by Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa – focus on ICT4D
Language: En

ICT Journalist
Blog by Zambian journalist Brenda Zulu, covering conferences and events in relation to ICT4D issues
Language: En

In an African Minute
Joshua Goldstein’s blog on issues related to Internet & Democracy, ICT4D, etc…
Language: En

Info Zone
Ghanian blogger Henry Addo on technology
Language: En

Jackfruity
Jackfruity is the blog of Rebekah Heacock, a 23-year-old digital media habitue from Lawrence, KS. She writes about conflict, aid & development
Language: En

Jespin Tanzania
A blog about technology, politics and life in Tanzania
Language: En

Kabissa
Portal containing also blog by several bloggesr interested in ICT4D issues
Language: En

Kafui.com
Blog by Ghanian ICT activist Kafui Amenu Prebbie
Language: En

Kenyan Pundit
Blog by Ory Okolloh – a lawyer, a political activist and a blogger. She is the co-founder of Mzalendo a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament, and the co-founder of Ushahidi, a website that grew out of the political crisis in Kenya and that maps both incidents of violence and peace efforts. One of her blog’s section focuses on technology
Language: En

Many Possibilities
Blog on ICT4D-related issues in Africa by Steve Song
Language: En

Mbarika Notes
Blog on bridging digital divide in Africa by ICT consultant Victor W. Mbarika
Language: En

Me
Private blog of Ugandean ICT trainer and advocate Lillian Nalvoga
Language: En

Mona Eltahawy
Blog by US-based Egyptian Mona Eltahawy on politics, freedom of expression and technology
Language: En

My Hearth’s in Accra
Ethan Zuckerman’s blog on Africa
Language: En

N’cho blog
A blog by US blogger Gene Smith – Africa 2.0 – looking at how the rise of user-generated content and innovations in internet connectivity are impacting Africa
Language: En

Nakaseke CMC & Library
Blog of Ugandan telecentre Nakaseke. This CMC is part of a series of piloted Telecentre established to test, disseminate and assess the impact and viability of CMCs in Africa
Language: En

NextBillion.net
Discussion on sustainable business models that address the needs of the world’s poorest citizens.
Language: En

Ore’s Notes
Life in Lagos, nonprofits, technology – Oreoluwa Somolu’s personal blog
Language: En

PenPlusBytes
It consists of a network of media organizations and journalists interested in using ICTs effectively to advance journalism.
Language: En

Saidia.org
Blog by Kabissa founder and blogger Tobias Eigen – focus on ICT4D In Africa, web2forDev, use of mobile technology, etc.
Language: En

Salam Taki
Blog by Salam Taki – Circumferencing information society, information and communication technologies (ICTs), rights, and governance in Uganda, and Southern Sudan
Language: En

Scarlet Lion
Anonymous Ugandan blogger blogging on technology, politics, war…
Language: En

The African Uptimist
Blog by Lawrence Agbemabiese – a programme officer at UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. Focus on alternative energy resources
Language: En

The Knowledge Commune
Blog focused on ICT4D in South Africa
Language: En

The Networking for Success Project
W.TEC’s project called Networking for Success focused on introducing Nigerian women to web 2.0 and other ICTs
Language: En

Timbuktu Chronicles
Emeka Okafor’s “view of Africa and Africans with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, practical remedies and other self sustaining activities”
Language: En

TK’S Niche
Blog by Nigerian blogger Toks Adetuyi focusing on social issues and technology (particularly open source)
Language: En

TylerReed
Blog on strategic use of ICTs by South African blogger Tyler Reed
Language: En

Ushahidi
Open blog collecting violent incidents in Western Kenya
Language: En

What an African Woman Thinks
Blog primarily on African politics and media by an anonymous blogger
Language: En

White African
Erik Hersman’s blog about technology and how it is impacting, and can change, Africa
Language: En

Women’s Technology Empoweremnt Centre (W.TEC)
Blog of the Women’s Technology Empoweremnt Centre (W.TEC).
Language: En

Manal and Alaa’s bit bucket free speech from the bletches
Blog on technology and freedom of expression by Egyptian bloggers Manal Hassan and Alaa Abd El Fattah
Language: En, Arabic

Africa 2.0
Blog on technology by number of African bloggers
Language: Fr

APC Blog – French
Blog of The Association for Progressive Communications APC
Language: Fr

BAW – Blog for African Women
Language: Fr

Burkina NTIC
Portal for the use of ICTs for development in Burkina Faso
Language: Fr

Jibril TOUZI | ICT4D Blog in Africa
Blog on technology with particular focus on open source by Jibril Touzi
Language: Fr

Le blog de Mehdi “Blog Marocain” NTIC & Telecom
Language: Fr

Iafric News
Blog on ICT & development in Bénin and Africa
Language: Fr

Made in Bénin
Blog on technology by Beninese blogger Mathias Houngbo
Language: Fr

Rural-Urban Digital School Mission
Personal blog of Dedan Kimathi, an ICT advocate from Nairobi and itrainer
Language: Fr

Youssef Boubia – NTIC Blog
Blog on ICT & development by the blogger Youssef Boubia
Language: Fr

WEB 2: acteurs, chiffres clé, outils, tendances, actus
Blog focused on web2 and social networking ( tools, keys actors, relation web 2 and ict for dev …)
Language: Fr