CHAKULA Issue #21: Changing policy in Africa: two years communicating for influence
Changing policy in Africa: two years communicating for influence
CICEWA is a multi-dimensional project, which sought to link research, research communications, network-building and advocacy in an innovative way to encourage the development of networks of civil society and other organisations to work for political change at regional and national levels in Central, East and West Africa. After the project was finished APC conducted an evaluation to see to which extent this innovative approach was successful and to share our learnings.
JOHANNESBURG (Natasha Primo for APC) – More than a decade after the telecommunications policy reform in many African countries, there continues to be a deficit in universal affordable access to fixed telecom infrastructure. This deficit severely limits the possibility of information and communication technologies (ICTs) being used to foster social and economic development, yet, the problem persists despite the phenomenal increase in access to mobile telecom networks, and greatly inhibits access to information and knowledge through the internet, which still requires broadband connectivity through fixed networks. APC’s Communication for Influence in Central, East and West Africa project (CICEWA) project links advocacy, research, network-building and action for regional ICT development – here is what the project has taught us.
PUERTO GALERA (LC for APCNews) – Two years ago, APC’s policy team led a project that would help strengthen African civil society to advocate for affordable broadband, adequate infrastructure, and in some cases, universal access funds which help put in place the necessary systems to achieve universal access to the internet. The Communication for Influence in Central, East and West Africa, or CICEWA, initiative was about identifying the political obstacles – what we called policy knots to extending affordable access to ICT infrastructure in Africa – and to advocate for their removal in order to create sound platforms for sub-regional connectivity. As the project comes to an end, participants reflect on their experience – the lessons learned, the challenges they encountered and what they found most rewarding — through interviews with APCNews.
PUERTO GALERA (LC for APCNews) – While the APC’s CICEWA research and advocacy —a project that aims to advocate for universal access and telecommunications reform in Central, East and West Africa, “our work has just begun,” says Sylvie Niombo a women and tech activist in the Congo. As part of CICEWA her small NGO has carried out research and advocacy within the scope of the CICEWA project, and managed to highlight the importance of involving women in the development of national ICT policy in the country. By using GEM, the APC Gender Evaluation Methodology, the research team was able to identify gaps in current policy and bring forward an action plan for decision-makers in the country to consider. APCNews talks to Sylvie Niombo.
“More ressources on CICEWA“
- Individual country reports and country-specific articles highlight the key issues and “policy knots” in each participating country
Chakula #21 content now in French – send it to a francophone colleague.
Plaidoyer régional pour les TIC en Afrique: leçons clés du projet CICEWA
Les changements politiques en Afrique: Les réseaux sont essentiels à la communication pour influer
Une cyberstratégie nationale pour le Congo qui intègre les femmes
CHAKULA is a newsletter produced by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). It aims to mobilise African civil society around ICT policy for sustainable development and social justice issues.
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