The "Civil Society Intervention in the Reform of Global Public Policy" seminar was held in Paris in April 2007. The aim was to bring together activists and academics involved in three public policy campaigns – international finance institutions, international tax and internet governance – to reflect on their practices and learn from one another. Willie Currie of the APC reports on the tricks and patience needed to achieve policy reforms.
AllAfrica.com has this story titled Nigeria: ICT as a Development Tool which looks at examples from Nigeria, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. It says: “Other examples are India, where the biggest obsession right now is the mobile phone; Mozambique, where ICT is being used to tackle the malaria scourge; Uganda, where [GNU]Linux-based solar power Wifi VOIP stations are being used to bring ICTs to the locals and Rwanda, where the technology is being deployed to curtail the spread of HIV and speed up the supply of medicine to people infected with HIV/AIDS.” It also talks in detail about the work of Fantsuam Foundation in the “small and remote village in Kafanchan, Kaduna State” of Nigheria, and the digital growth of that village (“deployment of the internet, computers, community radio, and even solar power for cooking”). Check the full-text of the article.
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Posted on behalf of Isabella Matambanadzo, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.
As the commemorations for International Women’s Day draw nearer, I am inspired to write to you all about the legacy Sekai Holland and Grace Kwinjeh have made to our movement. I realise that in their immediate roles they are largely seen as representatives of opposition politics, but that is not where they have always been located, and it is certainly not what I wish to focus on through this email.
The situation in Zimbabwe has become very oppressive – not universally, but in isolated areas – an indication perhaps of the opposition re-engaging in the high density areas for the impending presidential (and possibly parliamentary) elections next year.
This time round though, it would appear that some of the opposition activists have decided to use violence themselves. Although understandable, it is worrying to consider the consequences of their actions which have not been particularly disciplined or well thought out. The police and army here are bad at the best of times – now with the "justification" of avenging their own injured we could expect to see even more aggravated assault.
The crisis in Zimbabwe worsens as the state attacked its citizens on Sunday 11 March 2007 which resulted in the death of Gift Tandare. To follow events as they unfold, visit our index page on Strikes and Protests in Zimbabwe in 2007.
Montreal-based Alternatives is in the final sprint to release a report on the development of internet infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The feasibility report by this APC member focuses on the set-up of a national internet backbone as well as on the content of a national information and communication technology policy for Africa’s third largest country.
1. EASSy: MAPPING THE PLAYERS – EASSy stakeholder analysis by Abiodun Jagun – Interview with Edmund Katiti, the policy and regulatory advisor to NEPAD’s e-Africa Commission – Interview with Isidoro Pedro da Silva, CRASA’s executive secretary – CIPESA speaks to Uganda Telecom’s Donald Nyakairu – What’s in a name? The controversy over the EASSy name change
AFRICAN STRUGGLES, GLOBAL STRUGGLES
Social Movements Assembly at the World Social Forum
Nairobi, 24 January 2007
More than 2000 activists loudly and energetically endorsed this statement at the Social Movements Assembly in Nairobi.
Monga, is a famine like situation most strongly observed in several northern districts of Bangladesh, has been recurring every year for decades. The two months of monga between September and October is marked by a dire lack of food, which arises due to the absence of non-agricultural employment and the agricultural lean season coinciding. The misery of millions of poor people for years on end, is, in fact and essentially, not an economic problem but a political one. A new book on this and the politics of aid… released at the WSF by APC’s Bangladesh member VOICE.