ICT for development

ArabDev

ArabDev’s mission is to improve the livelihood of poor people in the Arab region by promoting sustainable community development through the use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools and skills that incorporate the local culture and language.

  1. Skills Development Training of unemployed youth, women and men focusing on IT, to enhance people’s skills in their local marketplace and to build the capacity of local grassroots organizations to fight poverty and social inequity.
  2. Dissemination of developmental information on a national and regional basis to provide access to useful information, share ideas and objectives across region, and allow diverse experiences and lessons learned to be known and applied by a wider group of people working for sustainable community development.
  3. Creation of linkages between NGOs, that help bridge the communication gap between grassroots organisations and promote collaboration for more successful developmental work.
  4. Supporting developmental advocacy through the use of ICT.
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Accessibility,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

168 El-Sudan St.
Mohandeseen
12411 Giza
Egypt
Tel: (202) 3046032/3/4
Fax: (202) 3046033/4
info@arabdev.org
www.arabdev.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

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

Contact

P O Box 61419, Marshalltown, 2107
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 834-3329
Fax: +27 11 834-9054
arnold.pietersen@cecs.org.za
www.cecs.org.za

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

Contact

1383 rue Madzia Plateau des 15 ans
BP 14333, Brazzaville
Congo
Tel: +242 656 6189; +242 6596534; +242 675 7051
info@azurdev.org
www.azurdev.org

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

Contact

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

EngageMedia

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

Contact

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

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

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is a non-governmental organisation initiated in May 2000 by several women’s organisations in Uganda to develop the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women as tools to share information and address issues collectively. WOUGNET’s vision is a society in which women are empowered through the use of ICTs for sustainable development.

WOUGNET’s mission is to promote and support the use of ICTs by women and women organisations in Uganda, so that they can take advantage of the opportunities presented by ICTs in order to effectively address national and local problems of sustainable development. The new ICTs, in particular, email and the Internet facilitate communication with each other and the international community. Indeed, access to information about best practices, appropriate technologies, ideas and problems of other groups working on similar concerns have been identified as critical information and communication needs of women organisations in Africa. WOUGNET activities are conducted under three program areas: Information Sharing and Networking, Technical Support, and Gender & ICT Policy Advocacy.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Free software,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs,
  • Wireless technology

Contact

Plot 55 Kenneth Dale Road,
Off Kira Road, Kamwokya,
P.O. Box 4411
Kampala

Uganda

Tel: +256-41-4532035
Fax: +256-41-4530474

info@wougnet.org
www.wougnet.org

Pangea

Pangea is an independent non-profit organisation founded in 1993 to promote the strategic use of communication networks and ICTs for development and social justice. As an APC member organisation, Pangea participates in a number of the association’s areas of work. Currently, the priority issues on which it is actively working are internet rights (the Internet Rights Charter); ICT policies and the information society (WSIS); gender issues and ICTs, through the Espai de Dones (Women’s Space); and training.

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

Contact

Pangea
Plaza Eusebi Güell 6-7
Barcelona 08034
Spain
Tel: +34 934015664
Fax: +34 934011891
suport@pangea.org
www.pangea.org

Women'sNet

Women’sNet works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by providing training and facilitating content dissemination and creation that supports women, girls, and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use.

Recognising that ICTs are a gendered tool, Women’sNet seeks to address gender imbalances in the access and meaningful use of ICTs through research and advocacy for gender aware ICT programmes and policies at all levels of society. Women’sNet builds women’s organisational capacity to use technology strategically to find the people, resources, tools and content they need for social action.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Accessibility,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Low-cost technology,
  • Open access,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

31 Quinn Street
Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001

P O Box 62577
Marshalltown, 2107

Tel: +27 (0)82 330 4113, +27 (0)11 429-0000/1
Fax: +27 (0)11 838-9871

women@womensnet.org.za
www.womensnet.org.za

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