ICT policy

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

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

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

Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

Since its inception in 2004, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has positioned itself as the leading centre for research and analysis of information aimed to enable policy makers in the east and southern Africa understand international ICT policy issues.

Our overall goals are to develop the capacity of African stakeholders to contribute effectively to international decision-making on ICT and ICT-related products and services; and to build multi-stakeholder policy-making capacity in African countries. In particular, CIPESA focuses on decision-making that facilitates the use of ICT in support of development and poverty reduction.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • ICT policy

Contact

Plot 22 Bukoto Street, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 26970
Kampala

Uganda

Tel: +256 414 531 899
Tel/Cell: +256 752 702256
Fax: +256 414 533 054

vincent@cipesa.org
www.cipesa.org

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

Núcleo de Pesquisas, Estudos e Formação - Nupef

Nupef is a private, autonomous, non-profit organization founded in 2009, whose mission is to to generate conditions for the exercise of digital citizenship, working in the defense of democracy, of the access to knowledge, of freedom of expression, privacy and cultural diversity, among other fundamental rights.

Presently, Nupef’s works is organized around four main programs:

- Advocating, raising awareness and building capacity on ICT policies and Internet

- New rhetoric and forms of expression for excluded groups – with a focus on digital storytelling

- Tiwa Project – Internet services for non-profit organizations

- Rets – the civil society online magazine

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

Contact

Rua Sorocaba, 219 / 501
CEP 22271-110
Rio de Janeiro
Brasil
Tel: +55 21 2527-0294
nupef@nupef.org.br
www.nupef.org.br

Metamorphosis Foundation

Metamorphosis Foundation is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit foundation based in Skopje, Macedonia. Its main goals are development of democracy and prosperity by promoting knowledge-based economy and information society.
Main activities of the organization include: lobbying and advocacy in order to make the social and legal environment more conducive to ICT development; educational and informative efforts, including basic and advanced training, and rising of public awareness; and providing concrete ICT solutions to social and developmental challenges.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Accessibility,
  • Cultural & linguistic diversity,
  • Free software,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy,
  • Strategic use of the internet,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

Apostol Guslarot 40
1000 Skopje

Republic of Macedonia

Tel: +389 2 3109 325
Fax: +389 2 3225 206

info@metamorphosis.org.mk
www.metamorphosis.org.mk

Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)

The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), is a nonprofit NGO in the Philippines seeking to democratize information and communication systems and resources for citizens and communities. Since its formation in 1987, FMA has sought to enhance the popularization of development-oriented issues and campaigns through media-related interventions, social communications projects, and cultural work. Since 1997, the Foundation has focused on the area of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enable disadvantaged communities assert their communication rights towards progressive social transformation. It has since evolved a pro-active research and advocacy agenda in the area of ICT policy and internet governance.

FMA also engages in regional and global governance spaces, and often plays a convening role in various initiatives and engagements in and for Asian civil society. It served as a focal point for Asian CSOs in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) processes, and convenes regional meetings and joint projects in the area of communication rights and access to information/knowledge/culture.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT policy,
  • Training & ICTs

Contact

32 Esteban Abada Street, Unit 1
Loyola Heights
Quezon City 1108
Philippines
Tel: +632 435-6684
Fax: +632 433-2192
info@fma.ph
http://fma.ph

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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