Africa

Day one of GenARDIS workshop off with a bang

Johannesburg

Women's club radio listeners call in to station: African Radio and Drama association women's club listeners use new technologies to call into the radio station in rural Nigeria.Women’s club radio listeners call in to station: African Radio and Drama association women’s club listeners use new technologies to call into the radio station in rural Nigeria.Now in our third round of GenARDIS, this morning’s workshop session was opened as the group was welcomed by exploring the question why – Why GenAR

GEM in Hard Times: Sectarian violence in Nigeria can be beaten

KAFANCHAN 12 March 2010 (John Dada for APCNews)

Since January, sectarian strife has ripped through Nigerian communities. “A mass burial took place the day before yesterday and body counts are close to three hundred with over 80% of them women and children,” APC member John Dada told APC. “It is ironic that in the month of the Celebration of Women’s Day, such atrocities are being visited on innocent women and children.” Women are culturally respected as the givers of life and John blames deepening poverty and economic alienation for the cultural reversal but he sees a potential solution.

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First Solar Powered Rural Internet Kiosk installed in the South Coast of Kenya

Kenya

Ukunda, Kenya, February 27, 2010 – For the first time, a Rural Internet Kiosk (RIK) has been installed for rural youth empowerment in Africa. Voices of Africa for Sustainable Development (VOA4SD) is building the capacity of local youth to empower themselves through the Internet and social enterprise.

Rural Nigeria: Radio and mobile phones change women's lives

11 February 2010 (AL for GenARDIS)

In Nigeria, a small radio association is using theatre to teach rural populations practical skills like how to how to obtain small loans, and also discusses issues related to gender inequality. Thanks to a small grant by the Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society (GenARDIS) initiative, the project called Majalisar Mata Manoma has come a long way from being a simple radio programme. It is about meeting spaces for women farmers, connecting radio and mobile phones too.

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Feminist tech Xchange - Congo

Date and time: 
Feb 24 2010 (All day) - Feb 27 2010 (All day)

This meeting is part of the MDG3: Strengthening women’s strategic use of ICTs to combat violence against women and girls project run by the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP).

Feminist tech Xchange - DRC

Date and time: 
Feb 17 2010 (All day) - Feb 20 2010 (All day)

This meeting is part of the MDG3: Strengthening women’s strategic use of ICTs to combat violence against women and girls project run by the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP).

Réforme des télécommunications: Cas du Cameroun

By Sylvie SIYAM, Serge KUATE, Serge DAHO, (February 2010, APC )

Le processus de restructuration du secteur des télécommunications au Cameroun a démarré en juin 1995 avec l’admission de ce secteur au programme de privatisation. Il s’est traduit par la mise sur pied d’un cadre juridique et institutionnel permettant d’assurer le désengagement de l’État de certains segments et l’ouverture du secteur à l’initiative privée. Ce qui a permis l’entrée dans le secteur de nombreux opérateurs publics et privés. Par contre certains opérateurs, des prix inabordables ont aussi fait surgir des opérateurs informels.

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GenARDIS Knowledge Sharing workshop

Location: 
Johannesburg (possibly Garden Place Guest House)
Date and time: 
Mar 24 2010 - 9:00am - Mar 27 2010 - 5:00pm

The knowledge-sharing workshop will be a space to enable the 15 grantees to share outcomes as well as to discuss best practices and lessons learned. It will also be used to gather case studies and stories to feed into the ongoing programmes of partner institutions, as well as for GenARDIS’ own evaluation process.

Telecentres in Uganda do not appeal to rural women

CALGARY 21 January 2010 (LC for APCNews)

In rural Uganda, telecentres that have been established to promote rural access to information and foster development are not getting the results they had hoped for. Using the APC WNSP’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) to understand why this is so, UgaBYTES, a Uganda-based NGO that works to promote access to ICTs in rural East Africa, has found that beyond the common obstacles to access like technical infrastructure, connection costs and computer literacy, women face numerous additional barriers if they want to use ICTs to improve their lives.

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Illegal telco operators in Cameroon: The most reasonable option

CALGARY 4 January 2010 (LC for APCNews)

In Cameroon, internet and telephone services are unaffordable – to the extent that at least half of the population has to resort to illegal operators, which are the only ones to make services like the internet affordable to the average Cameroonian.

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