Strategic use of the internet

Soul Beat Africa - Communication for Change

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 30 July 2004 (SANGONeT)

Soul Beat Africa is looking for information about how individuals and organisations are using communication for change and development in Africa. Soul Beat Africa is a collaboration between the Communication Initiative (CI), which shares similar information globally, and Soul City, a health communication organisation based in South Africa, and is being implemented by SANGONeT, APC member in South Africa.

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BlueLink's Balkans partnership initiative included in a United Nations online clearinghouse on environment

SOFIA, BULGARIA 30 July 2004

An environmental portal that pools information from eight different environmental partners in the Balkans has become part of a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) clearinghouse which showcases good practices. The UN initiative is expected to make implementation of the 1998 Aarhus Convention which aims at improving access to information and public participation in decision-making regarding environmental matters more effective.

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The Thethas go to the provinces in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA 29 June 2004 (SANGONeT)

In March 2003 the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) launched Thetha – the SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum. The forums focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date. Given the success and positive feedback received in response to previous Thetha forums, SANGONeT co-hosted its fourth provincial Thetha in the Northern Cape Province and the fifth forum in the Free State province.

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First anniversary for Brazilian civil society portal

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 28 April 2004 (RITS)

‘Citizens Online’ (Cidadania na Internet), a Brazilian civil society information-sharing portal, celebrated one-year online on March 27. A multi-institution project managed by APC member in Brazil, RITS, ‘Citizens online’ started out life with twenty organisations on board. One year later, sixty people and groups work together daily to produce information to strengthen Brazilian citizenship in all its facets.

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APC member in Bulgaria is a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 5 February 2004 (APCNews)

APC is delighted to announce that BlueLink’s project “Regional Environmental Content Sharing in the South Eastern European (SEE) Region” has made it to the final of the Stockholm Challenge Awards for pioneering IT projects worldwide. The platform designed for non-profit users became one of the nine finalists of the “Environment” category selected from over 900 applicants for the annual awards. Another APC member StrawberryNet is a partner in the successful project which is based on a content exchange replication process developed by APC and made possible using APC’s free software, the APC ActionApps.

See the finalists.

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One year weaving webs for Argentinian communications activists

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 26 November 2003 (APCNews)

On October 19th, APC member in Rosario, Argentina celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of their community information portal Enredando. "Enredando" means "I’m part of a network" as well as "weaving a web". In addition, TAU has recently been honoured by their city government – their networking and ICT activities have been declared ‘of municipal interest’ in an official decree. APCNews covered Enredando’s launch last year and we spoke to coordinator, Luis “Pipo” Martinez about how Enredando has evolved since 2002.

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Ambitious online catalogue maps civil society issues in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 20 November 2003 (Karel Novotny)

At the beginning of October, Econnect launched a long-awaited internet project called "Kormidlo" – a directory-type comprehensive information source on the civic society sector, how it works, activities and topics of interest.

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