APCNews 113 – Dominican Rep gender equality, Cameroon telcoms, climate change

APCNews – December 17 2009 – Year X Issue 113
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
2009 draws to an end and this is the last APCNews you’ll read until the second half of January as APC’s offices pull down the virtual shutters from December 23 to January 3. We wish you a happy holiday season wherever you are.


Illegal telco operators in Cameroon: The most reasonable option

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – In Cameroon, internet and telephone services are unaffordable – to the extent that at least half of the population has to resort to illegal operators, which are the only ones to make services like the internet affordable to the average Cameroonian.

Dominican Republic guarantees women’s equality in technology initiatives and policies across the country

SANTO DOMINGO (El Nuevo Diario) – The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide. This Caribbean island nation of ten million has promised to include a “gender perspective” in every information and communications technology initiative and policy developed by the government from now on. “This is great news for women’s equality in the Dominican Republic,” said APC’s Dafne Plou who trained government officials in November. “And it’s potentially a breakthrough for millions of other women in Latin America because the Dominican Republic is leading Latin American governments’ thinking around gender and technology as part of the regional eLAC2010 plan”. The tool the Dominicans have chosen to design and evaluate all the public policies is the APC gender evaluation methodology (GEM).

New report on climate change and ICTs: What information and knowledge can do

MONTEVIDEO (KAH for APCNews) – Studies reveal that the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) makes up 2% of all global emissions – the same amount as the airline industry. By 2012, 4.5 billion people will have access to a mobile phone – the majority will be those live on less than USD 2 a day and be the most likely to be affected by climate change. “Planting the Knowledge Seed – Adapting to climate change using ICTs”, a publication from the Building Communication Opportunities alliance, explores the practical linkages between climate change, access to and sharing of information and knowledge and communication for development.

Digital Empowerment Foundation: Ensuring rural India also has its place in the information society

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – Digital Empowerment Foundation of New Delhi has a wealth of experience in digital empowerment for women, children, and rural communities in India. The non-profit founded in 2003 by a former software company owner was created to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban India. Partnering with other organisations and government agencies, APC’s newest member has made a name for itself by making a big difference in small rural communities.

Alternatives under attack from conservative gov’t: Pledge your support

MONTEVIDEO (KAH for APCNews) – Hundreds of people marched through Montreal in support of APC member Alternatives – a non-profit organisation which has helped thousands of people living in some of the most difficult situations in the world. Alternatives has come under attack from the right-wing Conservative government in Canada and it is rumoured faces savage funding cuts which could threaten its existance. Join the Facebook campaign to Save Alternatives and send your letters of support.



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