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Long-awaited GEM Francophone workshop begins
Long-awaited GEM Francophone workshop begins 11 February 2009 LC

In the recent years, APC’s francophone community has grown significantly, and with this growth also came an interest for Gender Evaluations Method (GEM) training in French. Requests for the workshop have not gone unheard, and the GEM Francophone Workshop, co-organised by the Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP), APC-Africa-Women (AAW) and Afriklinks officially began today in Bamako, Mali. The small group of fifteen people is comprised of participants from all over Africa, includin...

Radio France International talks to Tanzanian rural telecentre pioneer
Radio France International talks to Tanzanian rural telecentre pioneer 03 February 2009 LC

The Family Alliance for Development and Cooperation (FADECO) has come a long way since 1993, when Joseph Sekiku and friends formed an alliance to help overcome poverty in north-western Tanzania. Starting as a network of people sharing an internet connection, the small telecentre eventually became a computer literacy training station, an internet café, and has expanded to an informative radio station reaching two million listeners, many of whom are farmers. Radio France International intervie...

APC’s latest annual report now available to millions in India and Pakistan
APC’s latest annual report now available to millions in India and Pakistan 28 January 2009 KAH

Back in 2007, when APC members and staff got together to translate and print the APC internet rights charter in twenty languages, campaigners in Asian countries in particular pointed out that information about information and communications technologies (ICT) is usually only available in English. “In Pakistan, not even the government provides basic ICT policy information in Urdu,” Bytes fo...

Free software, free society
Free software, free society 08 December 2008 LC and KN

In recent years, Kerala India has come forward in the international free and open source software (FOSS) community for its use and promotion of free software. As an emerging FOSS user, Kerala will host the second international conference on freedom in computing, development and culture: Free Software, Free Society. From December 09 – 11, APC staff member Cheekay Cinco will be one of five wome...

APC at the Internet Governance Forum in India
APC at the Internet Governance Forum in India 26 November 2008 KB and KAH

At the first Internet Governance Forum (IGF), “access to the internet” emerged as an issue of common concern and priority to all stakeholders. At the second IGF the business, civil society and technical communities worked together to reach a consensus on what should be done to increase access to the internet across the world. “Reaching the next billion” is now one of the priority themes...

Connecting gender, agriculture and the information society: GenARDIS kick-off workshop
Connecting gender, agriculture and the information society: GenARDIS kick-off workshop 13 November 2008 AL

Seven women and thirteen men from Anglophone and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean met during the last days of September in Gorée Island, Senegal. They have many things in common, but one in particular is their ability to make innovative connections in gender, agriculture and information and communication technologies (ICTs). This ability has led them to be finalists of the Gender, Agricult...

Feminist mix with a tech fix: Huge tech exchange in South Africa begins
Feminist mix with a tech fix: Huge tech exchange in South Africa begins 07 November 2008 LC

How can feminists use technology to their advantage? On November 10, the first ever Feminist Tech eXchange (FTX) in Cape Town will bring together more than 100 activists from around the globe to address this type of question. Organized by the APC Women’s programme in the run up to the massive women’s movement forum AWID, the capacity-building and information-exchange event will explore var...

Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones?
Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones? 27 October 2008 LC and Ian Howard

Following the initial rush of Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) projects in rural Africa, many did not yield the anticipated outcomes, and interest has been dying down. People then began talking about “sustainable ICT” projects, in which it was understood that projects would become self-sufficient after their initial donor-led investment and set-up period. ...

Tips for setting up wireless internet where there are few resources
Tips for setting up wireless internet where there are few resources 27 October 2008 KAH

“The principles that I learned in the APC workshop helped me work in resource-constrained environments,” says Alex Gondwe, techie at the Baobab Health Partnership in Malawi. Alex is setting up wireless internet connections between health institutions to improve patient care and HIV/AIDS data collection and he shares his tips here.

Andean schoolchildren and indigenous communities go online thanks to innovative training
Andean schoolchildren and indigenous communities go online thanks to innovative training 26 October 2008 KAH and KN

Last year APC and partners trained local technicians, community leaders and telecentre operators from the Andes on the basic principles of setting up wireless internet access in their communities. Now the participants report on the impact once they went back home.

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