ICT policy

New report on climate change as a strategic priority for ICT4D organisations

Manchester

The recent literature review of information and communications technologies(ICTs), climate change and development by Angelica Ospina and Richard Heeks points to a clear role for civil society organisations at many levels of climate change response, including advocacy, information dissemination, helping local communities adapt, and providing a voice for affected people.

APCNews 135 – Anti-VAW in Pakistan, Egypt, Africa broadband– 14/2/11

APCNews 135 – Anti-VAW in Pakistan, Egypt, Africa broadband– 14/2/11

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APCNews – February 14 2011 – Year XI Issue 135
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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UN Women, led by ex-Chilean prime minister Michelle

Open spectrum for development: India case study

By Shyam Ponapa, Centre for Internet and Society (January 2011, APC )

Spectrum management and regulation is the collective responsibility of more than one body in India. There are different bodies handling spectrum licensing, regulation, pricing, and the levy of penalties; some bodies have only an advisory role.

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APCNews 134 – Open spectrum for development, Kenya, Nigeria – 24/1/11

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APCNews – January 24 2011 – Year XI Issue 134
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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Whether we realise it or not, spectrum frequencies are what facilitate many of our day-to-day activities – watching TV, listen

A national cyber-strategy for Congo, which integrates women

PUERTO GALERA 4 January 2011 (LC for APCNews)

While the APC’s CICEWA research and advocacy —a project that aims to advocate for universal access and telecommunications reform in Central, East and West Africa, “our work has just begun,” says Sylvie Niombo a women and tech activist in the Congo. As part of CICEWA her small NGO has carried out research and advocacy within the scope of the CICEWA project, and managed to highlight the importance of involving women in the development of national ICT policy in the country. By using GEM, the APC Gender Evaluation Methodology, the research team was able to identify gaps in current policy and bring forward an action plan for decision-makers in the country to consider. APCNews talks to Sylvie Niombo.

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Regional ICT advocacy in Africa: Key lessons from the CICEWA project

JOHANNESBURG 4 January 2011 (Natasha Primo for APC)

More than a decade after the telecommunications policy reform in many African countries, there continues to be a deficit in universal affordable access to fixed telecom infrastructure. This deficit severely limits the possibility of information and communication technologies (ICTs) being used to foster social and economic development, yet, the problem persists despite the phenomenal increase in access to mobile telecom networks, and greatly inhibits access to information and knowledge through the internet, which still requires broadband connectivity through fixed networks. APC’s Communication for Influence in Central, East and West Africa project (CICEWA) project links advocacy, research, network-building and action for regional ICT development – here is what the project has taught us.

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Policy change in Africa: Networks are key to communicating for influence

PUERTO GALERA 22 December 2010 (LC for APCNews)

Two years ago, APC’s policy team led a project that would help strengthen African civil society to advocate for affordable broadband, adequate infrastructure, and in some cases, universal access funds which help put in place the necessary systems to achieve universal access to the internet. The Communication for Influence in Central, East and West Africa, or CICEWA, initiative was about identifying the political obstacles – what we called policy knots to extending affordable access to ICT infrastructure in Africa – and to advocate for their removal in order to create sound platforms for sub-regional connectivity. As the project comes to an end, participants reflect on their experience – the lessons learned, the challenges they encountered and what they found most rewarding — through interviews with APCNews.

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Open spectrum for development: Nigeria case study

By Fola Odufuwa (December 2010, APC )

With hundreds of telecommunications and broadcasting licenses granted since 1992, Nigeria is arguably the leading country in Africa with respect to spectrum deregulation and licensing. There are over currently 350 licensed broadcast stations in operation in the country. Simultaneously NCC has licensed over 300 telecoms licenses to private companies in Nigeria, though unlike for broadcasting, this study could not independently verify the utilization of these licenses. With the global trend that will see the two regulatory bodies merge, this report questions which regulatory body’s practice of assignment will prevail, and what steps will be taken to improve transparency and usage of spectrum – especially of the newly-freed broadcasting frequencies from digital migration.

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