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Lwati: the monthly e-newsletter of the Southern African Non-Governmental Organisation Network

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 24 January 2005

The new year presents everyone at SANGONeT with a number of fresh and exciting challenges and opportunities, starting with the first SANGONeT "ICTs for Civil Society" conference and exhibition which will be held from 1-3 March 2005 in Fourways, Johannesburg. Read about this and other important plans for 2005 in SANGONeT’s monthly e-newsletter, "Lwati".

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NGOs, searching long for alternatives, find flavour in alt.software

GOA, INDIA 22 January 2005 (Frederick Noronha)

For an sector that talks of alternatives, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or voluntary sector stays surprisingly aloof from one significant alternative that has really worked — free software. But there are stirrings to bridge this huge chasm. In end-January, India’s technology mecca Bangalore is to be the venue for an international, APC-supported ‘camp’ meant to promote FLOSS among the NGO sector.

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Computer Aid International in Southern Africa

LONDON, UK 20 January 2005 (Computer Aid International)

Beginning a process of regionalisation APC member Computer Aid International opened its Southern Africa Regional offfice in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new Computer Aid office will support existing and future partners in Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Computer donations for non-profit organizations: uncovering a fraud

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 27 December 2004 (APCNews)

Those of us who use internet as a work tool are used to encountering spam messages (unsolicited email) with million dollar businesses, magic solutions or attractive prizes. All of which are of dubious origin, and therefore untrustworthy. What had not yet occurred, at least in Bulgaria, was for these messages to be directed specifically to non governmental organisations.

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ICT policy strategies and common objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 27 December 2004 (APCNews)

Through its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Monitor for Latin America and the Caribbean, APC held a workshop on ICT policy strategies in Rosario, Argentina, which was attended by the Latin American members of APC, as well as important organisations from the region involved in the subject.

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IPLeft launching Korean Open Access Licence

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 26 December 2004 (Jinbonet)

IPLeft, a social group for information commons in South Korea since 1999, launched the Korean Open Access Licence (KOAL) in October, 2004. KOAL is a newly-introduced model of open access to information in South Korea. Jinbonet, APC member in Seoul, has participated in IPLeft activities to develop this new initiative.

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BlueLink launchs Civil Society Information Portal in Bulgaria

SOFIA, BULGARIA 25 December 2004 (BlueLink)

On 15 December 2004 BlueLink the APC member in Bulgaria officially launched Civil Society Information Portal in Bulgaria (www.bluelink.info).

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Gender issues in information and communication technologies for agricultural and rural development

KAMPALA, UGANDA 25 December 2004

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) are inviting applications for the second round of the GenARDIS small grants programme. Ten grant funds of up to 5,000 Euros each will be given to address gender issues in information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agricultural and rural development in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP countries). Submission deadline is 25 February 2005.

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Training journalists and activists in ex-Yugoslavia to get the most out of internet

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 25 December 2004 (APCNews)

In November 2004, twenty young journalists and civil society representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro learned how to use internet as a tool for organising civil society social movements.

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Expert Group Meeting on Up-scaling ICT for Poverty Reduction

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 25 December 2004 (APCNews)

MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation called an expert group meeting on “Up-scaling ICT for Poverty Reduction”. The event was held in Chennai, India, from 17–19 November 2004. APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP) Asia Pacific Coordinator, Cheekay Cinco, was among the participants.

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