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

18 October 2010
JOHANNESBURG 18 October 2010 (APC) -

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”:

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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.

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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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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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


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:

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Software Freedom Day 2010 in Cameroon



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

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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

ICT Update magazine, new issue: Irrigation

The latest issue of ICT Update magazine has just been published online at

ICT Update issue 56, August 2010: Irrigation

Figures from the FAO show that irrigation can increase crop yields by up to 400%.

Let's talk about the internet: First West African IGF taking place in August

CALGARY 23 August 2010 (LC for APCNews)

After regional IGF processes in the US, UK and Kenya have demonstrated that national discussions can have an impact at the global level on issues such as child pornography and internet security, West Africa will host its first regional IGF from August 23 to 25 in Dakar Senegal, in part thanks to APC. The space for policy dialogue on Internet Governance will allow for issues that are particular to West Africa to be discussed by the different stakeholders.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Two sides of the same ICT coin

NEW YORK 23 August 2010 (Mavic Cabrera-Balleza for

APC´s gender and ICT policy site speaks with Sylvie Niombo and Françoise Mukuku, ICT activists from the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They discuss the internet, mobile phones and how they are being used in their countries to reduce incidence of violence against women and how conversely they aggravate violence and lead to violation of privacy laws. They also explain why access to ICTs is critical for the achievement of the third Millennium Development Goal on women´s empowerment. Photo: Françoise Mkuku helps a friend with bluetooth

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