ICT for development

CINSA - A new network of community technology projects in Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 28 April 2004 (SANGONeT)

The Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) aims to build a sustainable network of community ICT projects in the 14 SADC member states Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe through research, networking, facilitating training, service brokerage and more.

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Conference on ICTs in the service of good governance, democratic practice and development for rural women in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 28 April 2004 (Women'sNet)

Held just outside Johannesburg, the conference brought together about fifty participants from women’s organisations, government officials, and gender and development practitioners and researchers, involved in gender and information and communication (ICT) projects and initiatives tasked with finding ICT strategies to specifically benefit rural women. The Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) interviewed a selection of conference attendees including APC-Africa-Women coordinator, Jenny Radloff. The regional workshop was organised by Women’sNet with the support of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Listen to the interviews with Dimitra participants.

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Theta on Survival & Prosperity in the NGO Sector - The Role of Technology in Strengthening Organisational Capacity

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 29 March 2004 (SANGONeT)

During the past few years the South African non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector has experienced dramatic changes. In the 1990s many NGOs were forced to close down because of a lack of funding and related organisational problems. APC member in Johannesburg, SANGONeT, is currently in the process of establishing various new partnerships and brokering arrangements in support of its ICT service delivery activities and services to the South African NGO sector. To assist in developing these ICT services, SANGONeT is offering this Thetha –or discussion- in early April.

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“avanza”, a website for Colombian development

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA 29 March 2004 (Colnodo)

Colnodo, APC’s member in Bogotá, in association with the Colombian Confederation of Non-governmental Organisations, launches “avanza” (meaning “advance” or “move forward” in English), a website for Colombian development.

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Steps forward toward an Ecuadorian information and communication technology network for development

QUITO, ECUADOR 29 March 2004 (INTERCOM)

An “Information and Knowledge Exchange Network on Information Communication Technology for Development” for Ecuador has been created.

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Wealth of information about Romanian non-government organisations goes online

ROMANIA 7 February 2004 (CENTRAS)

CENTRAS in collaboration with APC member, the Strawberrynet Foundation, has launched the first tri-language database of non-governmental organisations in Romania", RO_NGO.

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Montreal-based action and communication network becomes APC member

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 5 February 2004 (APCNews)

Alternatives –the Action and Communication Network for International Development- joined APC in November 2003. Alternatives is based in Montreal, Canada, and works on a regional, national and international level with non-governmental organisations defending the interests of vulnerable populations; specifically, labourers, women and young people constructing a more environmentally conscious, humane and democratic society.

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ICT4D newsletter from Ecuador gets facelift

QUITO, ECUADOR 2 February 2004

Since 1997, Intercom – Ecuanex, APC member in Ecuador, has published ‘Conexión’ a newsletter featuring resources and news on the use of internet for the democratisation of communication and human development. Now since edition no. 58, thanks to the support of the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), Conexion will be getting a face-lift which will include full-colour printing and new in-depth sections. Published three times a year and with an increased distribution, Intercom will broaden its ICT for development coverage. Visit Conexion.

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Farmers and local government in rural Peru use free APC software

LIMA, PERU 29 January 2004 (APCNews)

CEPES, one of APC’s newest members, has trained participants in a rural-urban information service to set up a portal and exchange agricultural information from six telecentres in a remote area of the northern Peruvian sierras. A replication of the course is being organised for staff at the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture’s offices in the same region. The technology of choice is APC’s free software, APC ActionApps.

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Back to the future

11 December 2003 (IPS)

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negotiators have put the digital fund on hold. Will the idea for a digital fund end its life gathering dust on a bureaucrat's shelf? That's the question many delegates must be asking themselves after Tuesday's press conference detailing the
outcome of talks on the matter.

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