Access to information


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


Diagonal 40A, No 14 75
Tel: 57 1 2324246
Fax: 57 1 3380264

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 (

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 (

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 ( /

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 (

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 (

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


209 Smit Street
Braamfontein, 2017

South Africa

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

Community Education Computer Society (CECS)

CECS is the oldest computer training non-governmental organisation in South Africa, established in April 1985 for the technological empowerment of the historically disadvantaged.

CECS wants to establish and maintain non-profit computer training facilities to service community information and communications technology (ICT) developmental needs, by building computer skills and capacity, by engaging in policymaking, research especially amongst the historically disadvantaged.

The objectives of the organisation is, amongst other, to: reduce the gap between rural and urban discrepancies regarding ICT skills; to facilitate the establishment of community training and support infrastructure to service developmental needs of communities; address gender inequality in the ICT field.

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


P O Box 61419, Marshalltown, 2107
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 834-3329
Fax: +27 11 834-9054


PROTEGE QV, which means Promotion of Technologies that Guarantee Environment and a better Quality of Life, is a Cameroonian non-governmental organisation created in 1995.

PROTEGE QV aims to promote individual and collective initiatives to induce rural development, to protect the environment and to improve the well-being of the community.

PROTEGE QV became member of APC in March 2007 and accordingly, we believe in the power of ICT to give equal access to information as one of the main strategy to fight against poverty.

We use information in the form of group discussions, documents, publications and exhibitions; trainings (through workshops) and research, as vectors to implement our projects. PROTEGE QV activities are grouped in
four programmes: Leadership, Environment, Micro-enterprise, ICT4D.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information


P.O. Box 4888

Tel: +237 22 31 85 46
Fax +237 22 31 85 46

AZUR Développement

AZUR Development’s mission is to provide leadership in the sociocultural and economic development of the Congo and of Africa in general. As a non political, non-profit organisation, AZUR Development aims at attaining the following objectives: promote art and culture; promote women empowerment and sustainable development; bring multi-fold assistance to the sick, to the disadvantaged and to vulnerable people; work to protect environment.

AZUR is doing advocacy work with and for native Peoples’ or Pygmées, especially for its youth and women. The association has founded and coordinates the first ICT network in Congo called the Community Telecentre Network of Congo.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • ICT for development


1383 rue Madzia Plateau des 15 ans
BP 14333, Brazzaville
Tel: +242 656 6189; +242 6596534; +242 675 7051

Computer Aid International

Computer Aid International is a UK registered charity and the world’s largest provider of professionally refurbished PCs to the not-for-profit sector in the developing world. Our aim is to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions. To date Computer Aid International has provided over 135,000 fully refurbished PCs – donated by UK employers and individuals – to where they are most needed in schools, hospitals and not-for-profit organisations in over 100 countries.

Computer Aid International is approached by many hundreds of overseas organisations who are interested in receiving refurbished Pentium computers. Many organisations apply for computers by completing an application online. For others who do not have access to the internet we will post or fax the application form. Computer Aid International will provide computers to non governmental organisations working in developing countries.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • ICT for development,
  • Low-cost technology,
  • Training & ICTs


Unit 10
Brunswick Industrial Park
Brunswick Way
London N11 1JL
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 208 361 5540
Fax: +44 (0) 208 361 7051

BlueLink Information Network

BlueLink is a virtual network offering a broad variety of internet based services for all those interested in issues related to the environment, natural resources and sustainable development in Bulgaria. It is a place to post and obtain information about domestic and international environmental news, events, campaigns, activities, and projects, as well as a forum to communicate and exchange ideas among environmentally concerned people from Bulgaria and all over the world.

BlueLink is convenient for the rapid dissemination and updating of information, for active communication and joint-problem solving among people involved in the environmental decision-making on regional, national and international levels. It is enhancing information-sharing and networking among Bulgarian non-governmental organisations for the alleviation of environmental problems.

The people behind BlueLink work to raise the awareness and educate the local community as a whole about environmentally related issues.

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


22-24 Kapitan Andreev Str., apt.6
Sofia 1421, Bulgaria

Tel. +359 (0)2 8668207
Tel./Fax. +359 (0)2 8652860

Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes - EsLaRed

Although EsLaRed was legally registered in November, 17, 1999 as an independent organisation, it has carried out training and dissemination activities on ICTs since 1992 through Universidad de los Andes. Based in Merida, Venezuela, EsLaRed is a non-profit, private, academic institution dedicated to the development and promotion of research and dissemination of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in its various forms.

The objectives of EsLaRed are:

  • To develop and promote activities of formation of human resources and research in Telecommunications, Computer Networks and Information Technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To perform research and development on technology transfer and appropriate technology in order to foster scientific, technical and social progress in Latin America and the Caribbean;

To this end, EsLaRed will:

*Organise national and international courses, seminaries, symposia and
workshops; *Consult on ICT, drawing from our international team of experts and collaborators, developed through 18 years of activities, to cater to the needs of international organisations and local communities; *Undertake research and development on ICT with particular emphasis on the needs of the developing countries.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information


Mérida, 5101-A
Núcleo La Hechicera, Facultad de Ingeniería,
Laboratorio de Redes (1er. Piso)
Tel: (0274) 2403327
Fax: (0274) 2403320


EngageMedia is a media, technology and culture organisation focused on the strategic use of video to address critical social and environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

EngageMedia works with independent film-makers, video activists, technologists, campaigners and social movements to generate wider audiences for their vital messages and move people to action.

EngageMedia aims to demystify and provide access to new video distribution technologies, create an online archive of independent video productions using open content licenses and to form a peer network of video makers, educators and screening organisations.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Environment & ICTs,
  • Free software,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • ICT for development,
  • Media & ICTs,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet


Australian office:
6/225 Bourke Street
Melbourne, 3000, Vic

Jakarta Office:
Jl. Pati Unus no. 9
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
Indonesia, 12120

Nodo Tau

Nodo Tau is a non-profit civil society association made up by information and communications professionals, educators and social activists. Its aim is to facilitate access to new information technologies for community organisations in the region (including neighbourhood groups, church-based, gender-rights, environmental and grassroots organisations, cooperatives, schools and community centres) as a means of institutional strengthening, as well as fostering communication and coordination among all sectors committed to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, the protection of the environment, and the defence of human and social rights.

Nodo Tau strives to make “good” use of new technological changes by placing them at the service of an egalitarian and democratic society.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information


Tucumán 3950
2000 Rosario, Santa Fe
Tel-Fax: 54 0341 4351114

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