Africa

South Africa: Calls for broadband strategy

JOHANNESBURG 4 March 2009 (Audra Mahlong for ITWeb)

South African tech site, ITWeb, interviews APC’s Willie Currie on the forum being convened by APC and SANGONeT along with South Africa Connect and the Shuttleworth Foundation with the aim of drawing up a framework for a national broadband strategy.

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South African National Broadband Forum

Location: 
Ballroom - Sunnyside Park Hotel - 2 York Road - Corner St Andrews Road and Princess of Wales Terrace - Parktown - +2711-640-0400 - www.legacyhotels.co.za
Date and time: 
Mar 24 2009 - 9:00am - 5:30pm

Access to broadband is an imperative for the full expression of citizenship in today’s world. With affordable broadband, the enormous potential for socio-economic, cultural, and educational development in South Africa can be realised.

Long-awaited GEM Francophone workshop begins

MONTEVIDEO 11 February 2009 (LC for APCNews)

In the recent years, APC’s francophone community has grown significantly, and with this growth also came an interest for Gender Evaluations Method (GEM) training in French. Requests for the workshop have not gone unheard, and the GEM Francophone Workshop, co-organised by the Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP), APC-Africa-Women (AAW) and Afriklinks officially began today in Bamako, Mali. The small group of fifteen people is comprised of participants from all over Africa, including two GenARDIS grantees. The workshop, which is coordinated and facilitated by APC’s Dafhne Plou and Sylvie Niombo, aims to build capacities in gender evaluation, integrating a GEM practice in Africa, and other challenges related to gender and ICTs in Africa. Additional information and impressions can be found on the Afriklinks webiste (in French).

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Community knowledge centre in rural Kenya captures International Herald Tribune's eye

ENTASOPIA 9 February 2009 (Chris Nicholson for International Herald Tribune)

APC member Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) has been running satellite ground stations in its community of Entasopia, Kenya, as part of a project that has recently been featured in the International Herald Tribune and reprinted in the New York Times. In November 2008, three engineers from the University of Michigan (USA) set off to Kenya, to install a small solar-powered satellite dish to connect a few computers in the community. Chris Nicholson of the International Herald Tribune reports on the project and explores how this new connection has changed life in the community: “When Internet connections arrive in small towns like Entasopia, they put new tools into the hands of people hungry to use them, and for some there, that has had wide repercussions.” Read the article

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Radio France International talks to Tanzanian rural telecentre pioneer

MONTEVIDEO 3 February 2009 (LC for APCNews)

The Family Alliance for Development and Cooperation (FADECO) has come a long way since 1993, when Joseph Sekiku and friends formed an alliance to help overcome poverty in north-western Tanzania. Starting as a network of people sharing an internet connection, the small telecentre eventually became a computer literacy training station, an internet café, and has expanded to an informative radio station reaching two million listeners, many of whom are farmers. Radio France International interviewed Joseph after his story was featured in an APC study called Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural ICTs. Listen to the interview (off-site).

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New report out on wireless in rural Africa released

10 December 2008
MONTEVIDEO 10 December 2008 (APC) -

The rationale for the report is featured in an APCNews article Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones? which is also available in French and Spanish.
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APC member KICTANeT at the IGF: Bringing East African perspectives

HYDERABAD 5 December 2008 (Alice Munyua for KICTANet)

Alice Munyua, of APC member Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) spoke at the IGF opening ceremony. In her speech, she highlighted the East African Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF) held in early November as the first of its kind in the African region. “[The EAIFG] was initiated from the realisation that there was a need to address very limited participation by Africa stakeholders in not only the Internet Governance Forum but also in other global ICT policy processes.”

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Ushahidi DRC page - chronicling the crisis in Eastern DRC

http://drc.ushahidi.com

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