Local access and community networking
This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.
How are APC partners improving their communities’ lives? Murambinda Works is fostering digital inclusion and literacy while building the link between internet access and other fundamental rights, such as education, in Zimbabwe.
The Roberto Arias Connectivity Programme seeks to address urgent demands in regions of Argentina affected by digital exclusion.
Internet connectivity is becoming part and parcel of humans’ lives all over the globe, but the story in underdeveloped countries is different and not encouraging. With persistent engagement and advocacy visits by CITAD, progress on setting up community networks in Nigeria has been made.
How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? KICTANet works towards network building to bring diverse voices and pieces of evidence to the spotlight and build enabling regulation for ICTs in Kenya.
How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? Nupef Institute helps to improve communications conditions for traditional communities fighting for their rights in Brazil, mobilising community networks and promoting digital citizenship.
The COVID-19 pandemic and political setbacks posed multi-layered obstacles for the community network movement over the past year. Within this challenging scenario, numerous community networks took the time to reflect and take specific, locally driven actions within their communities.
The meeting, attended by over 40 organisations from different parts of the country, aimed to highlight the importance of community networks as a tool for addressing the digital divide and explore the possibility of joint advocacy for the government to develop an enabling policy framework.