The APC has been refining its Gender Evaluation Metholodolgy (GEM) since it was first elaborated in 2001. GEM can help you determine whether your project or initiative is really improving the lives of women and promoting positive change in the community you are working in.
Conversations around ICT, gender and building women’s networks in Africa. An evaluation comissioned by HIVOS to review and evaluate and make recommendations to AAW on activities funded by HIVOS since 2005.
The general purpose of this consultancy is to evaluate to what extent objectives – as formulated in the contract – have been achieved and whether the implementation strategy used was effective. Additionally the evaluation is expected to provide an analysis of chosen intervention strategies and to identify recommendations for strengthening the AAW.
1. Building women’s capacity for strategic use of ICT use (part of Hivos contract)
1.1. WNSP/AAW members have increased technical skills, are networking with more women technicians and are shaping ICT tools for women
1.2. Women and their organisations are aware of and trained to in the use of affordable, appropriate and innovative tools and applications in order to strengthen their network and raise the profile of content produced by women
1.3. Through AAW’s links to APC programmes, APC members and other networks, women have increased access to opportunities for training and capacity building
2. Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) (part of Hivos contract)
The effective application of the Gender Evaluation Methodology for ICT Initiatives (GEM) by ICT practitioners, donor agencies and international organisations.
3. Gender and ICT Policy advocacy (part of Hivos contract)
3.1. Participation of AAW in policy events and activities towards creating a visible, national and regional policy advocacy movement with a strong gender and ICT agenda.
3.2. Contribution of African and Francophone content to Genderit.org
3.3. participation in “TakebacktheTech” Campaign
4. Network building
4.1. An engaged AAW network, more integrated into other APC programmes and with an expanded and strengthened membership base, sharing opportunities and working together on joint projects
4.2. AAW’s lead involvement in UNDAW training, GenARDIS, Harambee and Grace facilitating opportunities for AAW members and APC Africa members
4.3. Coverage of AAW and AAW member activities, news and events in APCNews, Chakula, APC blogs.
5. AAW Sustainability strategy
Accessing opportunities such as Grace, Harambee, GenARDIS and UNDAW enables AAW to generate income, create opportunities for AAW members.
Localisation projects are often deemed as gender neutral, having a prime focus of developing localised technology only.
Project Capacity Building for Community Wireless Connectivity in Africa was implemented over a period of just over two years (from the end of 2004 to late 2006). It started out primarily as an initiative to gather knowledge and resources on community wireless connectivity. But, working with a network of partners to design the project, its eventual goals were to pilot face-to-face workshops, develop and maintain a distributed knowledge base on wireless for ICT4D, and build partnerships and knowledge networks.
Perhaps one of the most significant outcomes of the project was the four regional training workshops. Initially conceived of workshops to pilot training materials, they achieved significant results in raising awareness of wireless, and positioning most of the 140 people trained in different parts of Africa to teach others, build wireless network, re-use and distribute the materials, and in some cases, link to the emerging African wireless network. Every workshop was over-subscribed, which proves that the demand of training remains enormous in Africa.
A survey of participants in these workshops completed in early 2007, to which 95 of the 140 people trained responded, indicates how they valued these workshops, and the extent to which skills gained have been shared and put into practice. The findings of the survey are summarized in this document.