ICT for development

South Africa: Calls for broadband strategy

JOHANNESBURG 4 March 2009 (Audra Mahlong for ITWeb)

South African tech site, ITWeb, interviews APC’s Willie Currie on the forum being convened by APC and SANGONeT along with South Africa Connect and the Shuttleworth Foundation with the aim of drawing up a framework for a national broadband strategy.

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Social networking - the new pressure group in India


My Goan colleague Frederick Noronha, a happily-married Indian man, to my surprise recently joined the Facebook group “A Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women”.

Community knowledge centre in rural Kenya captures International Herald Tribune's eye

ENTASOPIA 9 February 2009 (Chris Nicholson for International Herald Tribune)

APC member Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) has been running satellite ground stations in its community of Entasopia, Kenya, as part of a project that has recently been featured in the International Herald Tribune and reprinted in the New York Times. In November 2008, three engineers from the University of Michigan (USA) set off to Kenya, to install a small solar-powered satellite dish to connect a few computers in the community. Chris Nicholson of the International Herald Tribune reports on the project and explores how this new connection has changed life in the community: “When Internet connections arrive in small towns like Entasopia, they put new tools into the hands of people hungry to use them, and for some there, that has had wide repercussions.” Read the article

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Radio France International talks to Tanzanian rural telecentre pioneer

MONTEVIDEO 3 February 2009 (LC for APCNews)

The Family Alliance for Development and Cooperation (FADECO) has come a long way since 1993, when Joseph Sekiku and friends formed an alliance to help overcome poverty in north-western Tanzania. Starting as a network of people sharing an internet connection, the small telecentre eventually became a computer literacy training station, an internet café, and has expanded to an informative radio station reaching two million listeners, many of whom are farmers. Radio France International interviewed Joseph after his story was featured in an APC study called Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural ICTs. Listen to the interview (off-site).

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AMARC Asia Pacific President Ashish Sen - We need more information disseminated about availability of appropriate

Dhaka, Bangladesh

AMARC Asia Pacific President Ashish Sen –
We need more information disseminated
about availability of appropriate, low cost technology
to set up Community Radio stations

Another Type of World is Still Possible through Another Type of Communication, OF COURSE!!!

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is a national networking body on alternative mass media working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of in

Community Radio Handbook for Good Governance and Development to be Published Soon in Bangla by BNNRC, Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Community Radio is going to make an important place in development field in Bangladesh.

Role of Community Radio in Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh


Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC).is promoting the advocacy with the government in relation to community radio with other organizations since its emergence.

Cyber Forensics Expertise in India

New Delhi, India

In India we have very few Cyber Forensics Experts who can m

Why APC continues to obsess over “internet access”

MONTEVIDEO 13 October 2008 (APC for APCNews)

According to March 2008 statistics only 3.6% of internet users in the world were from Africa. Asia contributed to 37.6% of internet users globally, but this percentage is inflated by large numbers of users from China. The number of fixed lines has not increased significantly, and in some cases has even shrunk. And, in addition to this, a new divide is emerging: the broadband (or “high speed internet”) divide. In Manaus, deep in the Amazon jungle, “broadband” is available but at a cost. There, a 200Kbps connection (hardly considered speedy in better connected parts of the world) costs about $100 USD a month.

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