ICT for development

The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria
The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria 30 July 2004 Karen Higgs

APC member in rural Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has recorded yet another first in rural ICT programs. Earlier this year, Fantsuam launched a VSAT facility. VSAT stands for "Very Small Aperture Terminal" which can provide access to the internet by connecting computers on the ground to a satellite link. In a situation where other connectivity options are not feasible, VSAT can be relatively quick to install and easy to manage. The Fantsuam VSAT provides the first rural-based internet access i...

Central Case Management System for the Paralegal Sector in South Africa
Central Case Management System for the Paralegal Sector in South Africa 30 July 2004 SANGONeT

SANGONeT is currently implementing a Central Case Management System (CCMS) for paralegals in South Africa. Supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a major funder of the paralegal sector, this project aims to develop a centrally accessible database system for paralegal organisations to capture and manage case records and related information, while enabling an online networking and discussion space for them to be informed of one another’s work, share experiences and support the...

Children hungry for computer training held back by lack of PCs in Upper Egypt
Children hungry for computer training held back by lack of PCs in Upper Egypt 03 July 2004 ArabDev

“Learning and working on the computer makes me feel that I am no less than anyone else in the world.” “Everyone should learn how to use a computer, especially the poor.” “The computer is my friend, it teaches (educates) me, it entertains me and it is full of dreams and aspirations.” This is how the children of 4th grade elementary in Abou Korkas, Menia governorate feel about the...

CINSA - A new network of community technology projects in Southern Africa
CINSA - A new network of community technology projects in Southern Africa 28 April 2004 SANGONeT

The Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) is a project supporting community ICT initiatives in the SADC region. The aim is to build a sustainable network of community ICT projects in the 14 SADC member states – Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zi...

IT skills for an alternative living for Cairo's former underclass
IT skills for an alternative living for Cairo's former underclass 28 April 2004 ArabDev

Living on the fringes of society, the Zabaleen (a colloquial term for rubbish collectors) have been making a living from recycling what Cairo’s more affluent throw away for generations. However, two years ago the government decided that the Zabaleen’s method of collecting waste in donkey-pulled carts was neither hygienic nor efficient and now foreign companies specialized in waste-...

Steps forward toward an Ecuadorian information and communication technology network for development
Steps forward toward an Ecuadorian information and communication technology network for development 29 March 2004 INTERCOM

A workshop on the formation of an “Information and Knowledge Exchange Network on Information Communication Technology for Development” for Ecuador was held on February 17, in the city of Quito, with the support of APC member Intercom – Ecuanex and the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD). The objective of the meeting was to develop a participative strategy for...

“avanza”, a website for Colombian development
“avanza”, a website for Colombian development 29 March 2004 Colnodo

Colnodo, APC’s member in Bogotá, in association with the Colombian Confederation of Non-governmental Organisations, launches “avanza” (meaning “advance” or “move forward” in English), a website for Colombian development. “avanza” is part of a worldwide program led by the Development Gateway Foundation. The main objective of “avanza” is to design and operate a knowledge ...

Theta on Survival & Prosperity in the NGO Sector - The Role of Technology in Strengthening Organisational Capacity
Theta on Survival & Prosperity in the NGO Sector - The Role of Technology in Strengthening Organisational Capacity 29 March 2004 SANGONeT

During the past few years the South African non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector has experienced dramatic changes. The funding and related crises experienced by NGOs in the 1990s have been well documented. Many NGOs were forced to close down because of a lack of funding and related organisational problems. The critical challenge which continues to confront many NGOs relates to their cap...

Wealth of information about Romanian  non-government organisations goes online
Wealth of information about Romanian non-government organisations goes online 07 February 2004 CENTRAS

CENTRAS in collaboration with the Strawberrynet Foundation has launched the "Database of NGOs in Romania", RO_NGO. This database is the result of the project entitled "Data versus information", which is implemented by CENTRAS with the assistance of a Canadian Embassy grant, in the framework of Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Program (CFLI). The experience accumulated by APC member, Strawberr...

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