Social Movements Assembly at the World Social Forum

Nairobi, 24 January 2007

More than 2000 activists loudly and energetically endorsed this statement at the Social Movements Assembly in Nairobi.

SANGONeT ... attempting a rescue of poorly performing telecentres

GOA, India

APC member SANGONeT features in this report titled South Africa: Rescue Attempt On Poorly Performing Telecentres. Says the Johannesburg-datelined report in Business Day, which is South Africa’s major business-oriented daily: “Dozens of telecentres set up to take telecommunications services to rural areas have been an absolute waste of time and money, says an organisation trying to salvage them. Of 133 telecentres set up by the Universal Service Agency (USA), many are underused, entirely dysfunctional or have turned into private businesses benefiting the people appointed to run them. Now a three-year project is under way to revive some of the centres and assess which should be written off. This report quotes SANGONeT executive-director David Barnard as saying: ““There are some fairly critical views about the impact telecentres have had and to a large extent those criticisms are valid. Real questions have been raised about their relevance and whether millions of rands have been pumped into a big black hole with little to show for it.” Says the report: “Sangonet, a body that helps development agencies use IT in the communities they serve, is driving the telecentre overhaul.”

WSF coverage: International campaign against Coca-Cola hits WSF


The giant multinational softdrinks Coca-Cola Company is in trouble, thanks to the International Campaign to Hold Coca-Cola Accountable for destroying lives, livelihoods and communities. The campaign that was initiated in India puts pressure on the Coca-Cola Company and links human rights, environmental justice and labour rights.

Hunger ... and aid: shades of the hidden truth from Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Monga, is a famine like situation most strongly observed in several northern districts of Bangladesh, has been recurring every year for decades. The two months of monga between September and October is marked by a dire lack of food, which arises due to the absence of non-agricultural employment and the agricultural lean season coinciding. The misery of millions of poor people for years on end, is, in fact and essentially, not an economic problem but a political one. A new book on this and the politics of aid… released at the WSF by APC’s Bangladesh member VOICE.

WSF coverage: Opening of the World Social Forum – Another Africa is possible?


Wahu is small and charismatic when she more yells than talks. “Africa is not poverty, Africa is not HIV, Africa is not dying. Africa is the human spirit. Another Africa is possible. We are refusing to die. Let me hear you audience; another Africa is possible. Let us welcome all our guests to Nairobi.”

Wanted: toilet skills at the WSF


The private yet very important room! The toilet is one room that every human being — regardless of race, social status or gender — can never avoid. To most people, visiting the washroom requires high degree of secrecy. Yet, often, this secrecy is seldom given priority especially in public places.

Salamieh Community Telecentre Never forgets to celebrate the Christmas Eve with its dear special needs students

Never forgets to celebrate the Christmas Eve with his dear special needs children in Salamieh Community Telecentre

WSF coverage: Internet and power cuts derail publicity for the World Social Forum


The frequent power cuts and lack of internet has affected the coverage of the seventh edition of the World Social Forum. The following are voices of journalists on the ground at the Kasarani Media Centre, in Nairobi. Read the exclusive comments by journalists on the ground.

Economic impact of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

GOA, India

Michal Janda of E-Connect, Czech Republic reminded us of this interesting study about economic impact of free and open source (FOSS) available from
. E-Connect’s English pages are here

WSF coverage: A tale for two forums


Nairobi and the Swiss resort of Davos are set apart not only physically – ideologically too the Davos economic forum’s belief in conventional Trickle Down is a world apart from the WSF’s faith in building Another World.

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