Africa

Letter from the world capital of rape

Democratic Republic of Congo

I am writing these words from the world capital of rape. I’m not the one who named it that way, but Margot Wallström, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, with regard to violence against women. So you understand, I am in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country where women face the cruelest and most brutal violence in the world.

Report on fundamental rights, and global copyright legislative best practise for access to knowledge in South Africa

By Andrew Rens (October 2010, APC )

This paper by Andrew Rens – commissioned by the APC – is meant to serve as a resource to support civil society’s A2K advocacy with respect to the upcoming South African copyright law reform process.

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CICEWA evaluation report

By Natasha Primo (October 2010, APC )

This report seeks to provide an evaluation of the advocacy phase of the Communication for influence: Linking advocacy, dissemination and research by building ICTD networks in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA) project, implemented with IDRC funding between 2008 and 2010.

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GenARDIS 2002 - 2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture

18 October 2010
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A new publication which tells the story of a small grants programme that has awarded seed funding to grassroots groups to introduce or increase the use of ICTs to improve women’s livelihoods and status in agricultural and rural parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific for almost a decade has just been published.

Computer Aid launches its first solar powered internet cafe in Nairobi

15 October 2010 (Tony Roberts for Computer Aid)

On 15 October 2010, Computer Aid launched its first solar powered internet cafe in Kenya, with partner and local NGO Computers for Schools Kenya. Computer Aid has built three solar internet cafes which are being piloted in Zambia and Kenya. In Zambia, two are located in rural areas as a part of an exciting rural connectivity programme. The system, which can work off-grid anywhere in the world, is “an exciting new project for Computer Aid that enables us to reach even the most isolated rural communities. We are planning to set up several more solar Internet cafes in sub-Saharan Africa over the coming year, and we’re keen for sponsors to get involved and help us expand this solution that illustrates commitment to social development and the environment,” says Computer Aid CEO Tony Roberts. Photo by “Computer Aid”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyroberts/4603407785/in/set-72157624096227436/lightbox/

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the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It was drawn up by Ms Annie Chéneau-Loquay, Research Director at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), as part of a cooperation project between the Ministry and ITU.
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The democratization of mobile telephony in Africa, its availability, ease of use and, above all, the extent to which it has been appropriated by the public, have made it a major success story. Very low-income populations are not only actively demanding access to mobile telephone services but also innovating, by creating the functions and applications they can use.

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http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/cyb/app/mob_app.html
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WildlifeDirect
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Wildlife Trackers is an interactive Ushahidi-powered online map where people can submit reports of wildlife sightings, poaching or other wildlife-related incidents in Africa.Wildlife TrackersWildlife Trackers

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http://wildlifetrackers.wildlifedirect.org/
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info@wildlifedirect.org
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open
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interactive map, incident reports

Registration now open: Investigating African e-Infrastructure Applications of the Future

Investigating African e-Infrastructure Applications of the Future
6th-7th October 2010, Lilongwe, Malawi

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

The 2nd ERINA4Africa workshop will be held at Kumbali Lodge, LILONGWE, Malawi on the 6th-7th October 2010 with sponsorship from the European Union under the EU FP7 project ERINA4Africa.

The event will provide participants with the opportunity to discover e-Infr

No pain, no gain! South African APC member runs the “big daddy” of marathons

JOHANNESBURG 3 September 2010 (Adam Mukeni for SANGONeT)

In August, APC member SANGONeT started raising money to fund its projects in a most innovative way – executive director David Barnard will be running the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, also known as the the “big daddy of marathons” in South Africa running circles, from 17 to 23 October 2010. The week-long race covers approximately 250 km, split in six legs with daily distances ranging from 28 km to 76 km. The event takes place in the Kalahari Desert, with average daily temperatures reaching in excess of 40 °C and dropping to below 5 °C at night. You can show your support on SANGONeT’s Facebook page, or donate to SANGONeT online. Photo: Photo:http://www.extrememarathons.com/augrabies/

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Software Freedom Day 2010 in Cameroon

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SOFTWARE FREEDOM DAY 2010

Organizes by PROTEGE QV, Software Freedom Day 2010 will be celebrated in Cameroon on the 18th September.

The architecture of this event is as follows:

Two conferences, the first on the theme “Challenges of implementing a free Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software / open source ERP company” and the second on the theme “Integration of OSS (Open Source So

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