ICT for development

Digital inclusion discussions in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

SOUTH AFRICA 30 July 2009 (SANGONeT)

Thetha – a Nguni word for debate – bring together a wide range of national, regional and international stakeholders on the expected ICT challenges and opportunities that the Southern African region will face in the next ten years are being organised by APC member SANGONeT. Pre-Thetha reports on Zimbabwe and Mozambique make useful contextual reading. Find out more about Thetha.

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Circling the point: From ICT4D to Web 2.0 and back again

By Anriette Esterhuysen (July 2009, International Institute for Environment and Development )
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Woman! Thou Are Loosed From Poverty

This Day, Lagos, Nigeria
Woman! Thou Are Loosed From Poverty
22 July 2009

This major independent daily covers APC member Fantsuam Foundation "a rural-based non-governmental organisation [which] works with local communities to fight poverty and empowers disadvantage people. It is committed to making Southern Kaduna a successful and replicable model of integrated rural development in Nigeria. It was founded in 1996 by a group of Nigerian professionals from the area who recognised the need for empowering their rural neighbours and community members, particularly women, to find means of employment and income and meet their own development needs." And mentions that among its many 'firsts', Fantsuam Foundation was the winner of the First APC Africa Hafkin prize (2001).

Baseline Survey on Community Radio in Bangladesh

Dhaka

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is advocating promotion of community radio with the government in relations with other organizations since its inception.

Nigeria's first rural internet service tower collapses during heavy rain storm

KAFANCHAN 24 April 2009 (KAH for APCNews)

APC member, Fantsuam Foundation established the first rural community wireless internet service provider (ISP) in Nigeria in 2006. On Tuesday April 21 the ISP took a huge blow as the central communication tower was destroyed in a storm. Several buildings including the old network operation centre, a Cisco Laboratory and a neighbouring building were seriously damaged. No people were hurt. This is the second major natural disaster that Fantsuam has suffered in a few months. In August 2008, a lighting strike destroyed a large part of their power and wireless infrastructure. APC is waiting for news of how you can help Fantsuam rebuild. For now visit the IT46 site for more details.

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APC Staff, Executive Board and MDG3 Meetings

Location: 
Hotel Bauen, Calle Callao, Buenos Aires
Date and time: 
Jun 18 2009 (All day) - Jun 28 2009 (All day)

Fighting poverty from telecentres in Mali and Colombia

BUENOS AIRES 30 March 2009 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APCNews)

“Training in ICT skills gets the community to start thinking differently and to consider the sources of income available to them more clearly. From a commercial standpoint, they become aware of the fact that their products have to meet certain standards of quality in order to be sold at higher prices,” says Aura Elena Plaza from Villa Paz, an Afro-Colombian community in the Cali region. Dafne Plou reports for APCNews on her first-hand experience of the impact access to information has had on the lives of people in remote villages in Mali, Africa and Cali, Colombia.

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Launch of draft framework for a national broadband strategy highlights policy vacuum in South Africa

25 March 2009
JOHANNESBURG 25 March 2009 (APC and partners) -

A draft framework towards a broadband strategy in South Africa was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

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