Access to information

Open Institute

The Open Institute is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization base in Cambodia, established in September 2006. The mission of the organization is to ensure that the benefits of technology for social and economic advance are usable in Cambodian society, in particular by i) enabling widespread use of technology by means of using local language. ii) improving access to education and the quality of education by enabling the use of technology. iii) using technology to facilitate information sharing and communication as tools to build a more equitable society. iv) expanding Khmer lexicography, ensuring access to all sources, and developing on existing materials.

At present, the Open Institute implements six main program activities: – Open Schools Program: http://osp.open.org.kh – Open Learning Program: http://elearning.open.org.kh – Women Empowerment for Social Change: http://women.open.org.kh – Khmer Software Initiative: http://www.khmeros.info – Publications: http://cambodiamirror.wordpress.com – Lexicography

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • Low-cost technology,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Open Institute
Street Address: House 19, Street 374
P.O.Box 1552
City/Town: Phnom Penh
Country: Cambodia
Telephone: +855 23 224821
Email Address: openinstitute@open.org.kh
Website: http://www.open.org.kh/en

JCA-NET

Japan Computer Access Network (JCA-NET) is a Tokyo-based network that aims at empowering citizen’s activities through the internet “for peace, social & environmental justice and human dignity”. JCA-NET aims to provide networking tools for NGOs and social movements, working closely with the AsiaLink, which is an Asiawide NGOs information and e-mail networks.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression

Contact

4F-D Kanda-dera building, 3-4-10 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0021
Japan
Tel: 03-5298-7330
Fax: 03-5298-7336
support@jca.apc.org
www.jca.apc.org

VOICE

VOICE is a rights-based, activist organization working mainly on the issues of food sovereignty, aid effectiveness, economic justice, and the right to information and communication, both in Bangladesh and on a global scale.

By building a broader constituency of alternative voices to the ‘mainstream development discourse’ through research and public education, VOICE is taking a stand against unjust and undemocratic practices. VOICE also campaigns against corporate globalization, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and imposed conditions, trade liberalization, and the neo-liberal hegemony, and strives to lead people to action by raising critical awareness on these topics. Based in Dhaka and Mymensingh, VOICE operates a number of social justice and empowerment programs, with an emphasis on a grassroots advocacy approach and a participatory research methodology that is more people-focused.

Through networking and partnership, VOICE is working towards establishing a new macro-micro linkage, in which experience from the grassroots level is used to generate policy support at the national level that benefits the people. VOICE believes in promoting the capacity, knowledge and rights of the people, and providing a voice for the unheard.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT policy

Contact

House# 67 (4th floor), Block-Ka
Pisciculture Housing Society
Shyamoli
Dhaka1207
Bangladesh
Tel: (+88 02) 8158688, (+88) 01711881919
info@voicebd.org
www.voicebd.org

Bytes for All, Bangladesh

Bytes for All is a networked space for citizens in South Asia. It experiments, highlights and organizes debate on the relevance of ICT to development activities. Bytes for All has more than 2000 subscribers and 10 admin members who literally run the network. Bytes for All do not have any formal structure, yet they undertake different projects on their personal capacity, survive themselves and then contribute some resources and time back to sustain the network.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy

Contact

House 41 (1st Floor), Road 11, Sector 4, Uttara Residential Area
Dhaka 1230
Bangladesh
Tel: +91-11-51652484
Fax: +1 253 4845319
www.bytesforall.net

BFES

Bangladesh Friendship Education Society (BFES) is a non-government development organization based in Bangladesh. It has been established in 1993 with a view to support education projects in rural areas. The founders are basically educationists and development practitioners.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contact

11/8 Iqbal Road (ground floor)
Iqbal Road, Dhaka 1207
Bangladesh
Tel: +88 02 9124659
Fax: +8802 8114513, 9116938
bfes@bdonline.com

ALIN

We are a Network of over 2000 grassroots Community Development Workers (CDWs) drawn from non-governmental organizations, community- based organisations as well as government departments, all offering a form of extension service in their fields of expertise.

We are the people who act as a source of information and knowledge for the rest of the community out of duty or social responsibility.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Environment & ICTs

Contact

AAYMCA Building, Along State House Crescent, Off State House Avenue

P.O. Box 10098
00100 Nairobi, G.P.O.
Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2731557
Telefax: +254 20 2737813
info@alin.or.ke
www.alin.or.ke

Fantsuam Foundation

Fantsuam Foundation is a rural-based non-governmental organization that works with local communities to fight poverty and disadvantage through integrated development programs.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Environment & ICTs,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs

Contact

No.1 Fantsuam Close
P O BOX 58 Bayan Loco, Kafanchan
Kaduna State
Nigeria
Tel: +2347030485364
+2348073235844
info@fantsuam.org
www.fantsuam.org

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 in South Korea. ‘Jinbo’ means ‘progressive’ in Korean.
Jinbonet aims to support the growth of civil activity and communication by providing network services such as web hosting, community, e-mail, blog, progressive meta blog, mailinglist, etc to civil society organizations, trade unions, individuals and progressive projects.

To communicate the voices of the marginalized from mainstream medias and to build progressive/alternative policies, Jinbonet had operated alternative internet-based media, ‘Chamseasang’ which means ‘true world’, which seperated from jinbonet in 2005.

Jinbonet is also an advocate for the human rights in information society, especially the right to communication, free speech, privacy through various activities responding to the threat of the government or market powers, such as resident registration system in Korea, content regulation in internet, surveillance using ICT like CCTV, bio databases, and location tracing. In addtion, jinbonet has been involved in intellectual property policies, media convergence and open access/open content movement to promote access to knowlege(A2K) and media democracy.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy,
  • Strategic use of the internet

Contact

(120-840) 227-1 Uri-Tower b/d 3F Choongjeongro-3-ga Seodaemoon-gu Seoul
Tel: +82-2-7744551
Fax: +82-2-701-7112
jinbonet@jinbo.net
www.jinbo.net

Colnodo

Colnodo is an association of non-profit non-governmental organisations founded in 1994. Its goal is to facilitate communication and the exchange of information and experiences among Colombian social organisations at the local, national and international level through low-cost electronic networks.

In pursuing this goal, Colnodo has developed programmes that place priority on issues such as human rights, women’s empowerment, governability, democracy and public participation, sustainable development, the democratisation of knowledge, digital inclusion and the strategic use of ICTs for development.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information

Contact

Diagonal 40A, No 14 75
Bogotá
Colombia
Tel: 57 1 2324246
Fax: 57 1 3380264
info@colnodo.apc.org
www.colnodo.apc.org

Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT)

SANGONeT was founded in 1987, and over the past 20 years has developed into a dynamic civil society organisation with a history closely linked to the social and political changes experienced by South Africa during its transition to democracy. SANGONeT is still one of very few non-governmental organisations in Africa involved in the field of information communication technologies (ICTs) and continues to serve civil society with a wide range of ICT products and services.

SANGONeT’s ICT services and interventions continue to be shaped by the challenge of strengthening the capacity of NGOs in finding long-term and sustainable solutions in response to Southern Africa’s development problems. NGOs’ capacity for service delivery increasingly requires that attention be given to their ability to use, manage and implement as well as integrate ICTs into their activities.

During the past few years SANGONeT has conceptualised and implemented the following important new ICT initiatives in support of the NGO sector in South Africa, and increasingly, the rest of Southern Africa:

Thetha: The SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum – launched in March 2003, Thetha forums provide NGOs with the opportunity to discuss ICT issues of common concern at both provincial and national levels. SANGONeT has already organised more than 20 Thetha forums in South Africa, and in 2006 expanded this initiative to five Southern African countries. A further six Southern African countries will be covered as of 2008 (www.sangonet.org.za/thetha).

SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” Conference and Exhibition – this annual event, first held in March 2005, presents NGOs with an important opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by ICTs in support of their work. The most recent event was held from 17-18 July 2007 in Johannesburg, and the next event will be held in October 2008 (www.sangonet.org.za/conference2007).

SANGONeT NGO and Development Information Portal – launched in October 2005, this portal provides a gateway to the South African NGO sector. It includes the Prodder NGO and Development Directory, as well as the weekly NGO Pulse e-newsletter (www.sangonet.org.za / www.prodder.org.za).

SANGOTeCH – this online technology donation portal, launched in December 2006, aims to assist NGOs by providing software and hardware for very low or discounted fees in conjunction with ICT donor partners, as well as by supporting NGOs to maximise their ICT purchases and infrastructure. This project will be expanded to the rest of Southern Africa in 2008 (www.sangotech.org).

South African NGO Web Awards – first held in 2006, this annual competition is run in conjunction with the SANGONeT Conference and aims to raise awareness among NGOs about the benefits of having a web presence, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices in website creation and maintenance.

The State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector – this annual research project, first implemented in 2007, aims to analyse the South African NGO sector’s application and awareness of ICTs in support of achieving its strategic objectives. The outcomes of the project will inform and guide the development of SANGONeT’s future ICT products and services, and assist NGOs, funders and other strategic stakeholders in understanding the role and relevance of ICTs in support of the sector (www.sangotech.org/ict-survey).

Civic Journalism in Africa project – this three-year project, implemented in conjunction with Hivos in six African countries, aims to improve the technical and journalistic capacity of African NGOs to use a mixture of traditional and digital media strategically and with journalistic professionalism to support democratic processes and a diverse and independent media environment.

SN Announce – this e-mail advertising service provides an invaluable service to the NGO sector in Southern Africa. With a potential readership of more than 10 000 people, it remains one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to reach non-profit organisations, development practitioners, grantmakers and others working in the development sector.

NGO CEO Circle / NGO CEO Summit – SANGONeT and Project Literacy initiated the CEO Circle in 2006 to create a platform for discussion within the leadership of the NGO sector in Gauteng, encouraging networking, collaboration and peer support. An important objective of this quarterly forum is to create a space for decision-makers to discuss common institutional and strategic development issues, creating the opportunity to highlight problems and share solutions. Building on the success of the CEO Summit, SANGONeT hosted the first NGO CEO Summit on 29 November 2007 at the Balalaika Hotel in Sandton, attended by 40 NGO leaders.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Strategic use of the internet

Contact

209 Smit Street
Braamfontein, 2017
Gauteng

South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)11 403 4935
Fax: +27 (0)11 403 0130

info@sangonet.org.za
www.sangonet.org.za

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