ICT for development

APC welcomes the inauguration of the Digital Solidarity Fund
APC welcomes the inauguration of the Digital Solidarity Fund 15 March 2005 APCNews

APC in a statement welcomed the new Digital Solidarity Fund founded by the President of Senegal which was launched on March 14, calling it "a valuable financial mechanism for ICT for development".

2004-5 APC Africa Hafkin Prize - closed for applications
2004-5 APC Africa Hafkin Prize - closed for applications 14 February 2005 APC

"Connectivity is a term referring to the means by which people are connected to or are able to access communications channels such as the internet, email, computer and people networks." The theme for this year’s Hafkin Prize recognises community initiatives that use the internet and other digital communication networks to access markets, skills and opportunities to derive real economic benefits. APC accepted applications until February 14 2005. The winner will be announced in mid 2005....

Partnership will provide 1000s of low-cost computers for development work in dry lands of East Africa
Partnership will provide 1000s of low-cost computers for development work in dry lands of East Africa 10 September 2004 http://www.computeraid.org/

APC members ALIN-EA and Computer Aid have come together in order to extend low cost PCs to not-for-profit community development groups working in the rural dry lands across East Africa. The partnership has already shipped 450 fully refurbished Pentium II and Pentium III computers to Nairobi for distribution by ALIN-EA to its member organisations and to wider civil society structures. The inten...

The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects
The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects 02 September 2004 Karen Higgs

The Fantsuam Foundation provides refurbished computers to civil society organisations and partners, runs computer training centres and offers the only internet connection for hundreds of miles around in rural Nigeria. All this in Kafanchan State where electricity is often unavailable and innovators power their computers using car batteries. The Foundation’s work is supported by a home-grown c...

Agreement to increase access to refurbished computers in Africa
Agreement to increase access to refurbished computers in Africa 30 August 2004 Computer Aid International

Every year in the UK approximately 3 million PCs are decommissioned and are no longer in use. A great many of these un-used PCs are in fine working order. Yet, in the developing world 99% of schoolchildren graduate from high school not having seen or touched a computer in the classroom. APC member in the UK, Computer Aid has supplied over 35,000 refurbished PCs to Africa over the past six years...

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 programmes. Earlier this year, Fantsuam launched a VSAT facility which provides the first rural-based internet access in Kaduna State, if not in Nigeria. APCNews talked to Fantsuam’s director, John Dada, about the impact the new internet satellite connection is having on the community and the Fou...

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. 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 su...

Letsatsi - "helping you grow with ICTs"
Letsatsi - "helping you grow with ICTs" 30 July 2004 SANGONeT

"Letsati" is a Setswana word meaning sun. This new discussion forum series, offered by APC member SANGONeT, aims to demonstrate the practical benefits of technology to the South African non-profit sector.

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.” This is how the children of 4th grade elementary in Abou Korkas, Menia governorate feel about their computer classes but hundreds of other children are being deprived of classes because of red tape and computer shortage...

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) aims 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 Zimbabwe through research, networking, facilitating training, service brokerage and more.

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