Concept note submitted to Singrid Rausing Trust Women Rights Programme.
The knowledge-sharing workshop will be a space to enable the 15 grantees to share outcomes as well as to discuss best practices and lessons learned. It will also be used to gather case studies and stories to feed into the ongoing programmes of partner institutions, as well as for GenARDIS’ own evaluation process.
This is a concept note submitted by APC and DNet to the UNIFEM Gender Equality Fund on 02 October 2009.
Conversations around ICT, gender and building women’s networks in Africa. An evaluation comissioned by HIVOS to review and evaluate and make recommendations to AAW on activities funded by HIVOS since 2005.
The general purpose of this consultancy is to evaluate to what extent objectives – as formulated in the contract – have been achieved and whether the implementation strategy used was effective. Additionally the evaluation is expected to provide an analysis of chosen intervention strategies and to identify recommendations for strengthening the AAW.
1. Building women’s capacity for strategic use of ICT use (part of Hivos contract)
1.1. WNSP/AAW members have increased technical skills, are networking with more women technicians and are shaping ICT tools for women
1.2. Women and their organisations are aware of and trained to in the use of affordable, appropriate and innovative tools and applications in order to strengthen their network and raise the profile of content produced by women
1.3. Through AAW’s links to APC programmes, APC members and other networks, women have increased access to opportunities for training and capacity building
2. Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) (part of Hivos contract)
The effective application of the Gender Evaluation Methodology for ICT Initiatives (GEM) by ICT practitioners, donor agencies and international organisations.
3. Gender and ICT Policy advocacy (part of Hivos contract)
3.1. Participation of AAW in policy events and activities towards creating a visible, national and regional policy advocacy movement with a strong gender and ICT agenda.
3.2. Contribution of African and Francophone content to Genderit.org
3.3. participation in “TakebacktheTech” Campaign
4. Network building
4.1. An engaged AAW network, more integrated into other APC programmes and with an expanded and strengthened membership base, sharing opportunities and working together on joint projects
4.2. AAW’s lead involvement in UNDAW training, GenARDIS, Harambee and Grace facilitating opportunities for AAW members and APC Africa members
4.3. Coverage of AAW and AAW member activities, news and events in APCNews, Chakula, APC blogs.
5. AAW Sustainability strategy
Accessing opportunities such as Grace, Harambee, GenARDIS and UNDAW enables AAW to generate income, create opportunities for AAW members.
Seven women and thirteen men from Anglophone and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean met during the last days of September in Gorée Island, Senegal. They have many things in common, but one in particular is their ability to make innovative connections in gender, agriculture and information and communication technologies (ICTs). This ability has led them to be finalists of the Gender, Agricultural and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund.
Localisation projects are often deemed as gender neutral, having a prime focus of developing localised technology only.
Taking control of technology for women’s advocacy took a different tack in the Czech Republic, where APC WNSP Europe introduced the project “Women into IT” to challenge stereotypes around women and ICTs and attract more women into the IT field.
On July 8th, the learning event will focus on sharing of findings and recommendations of an APC evaluation of gender networking and advocacy during the World Summit on the Information Society.