Research

Tools and technologies for equitable access
Tools and technologies for equitable access 25 July 2008 Alberto Escudero-Pascual

“Sometimes doing the wrong thing with technology is better than doing nothing,” says research associate at the South African-based Shuttleworth Foundation, Steve Song. And, he suggests, when it comes to technology, the unexpected should be encouraged to happen. Song, an open source advocate, was responding to an issue paper by technical activist Alberto Escudero-Pascual, entitled Tools and technologies for equitable access. This is one of four papers commissioned by the Association for P...

Policies for equitable access
Policies for equitable access 25 July 2008 Lishan Adam

The majority of the world’s population is still isolated from the opportunities offered by the global revolution in information and communications technologies (ICTs) – and the poor are the hardest hit. This is the view of Ethiopian-based ICT expert Lishan Adam, whose issue paper Policies for equitable access considers policy interventions to rectify the imbalances between rich and poor when it comes to accessing technology. According to Adam, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)...

Capacity building for equitable access
Capacity building for equitable access 25 July 2008 David Souter

Policy-makers and regulators “cannot be supermen and superwomen,” says African information and communications technology (ICT) policy analyst Professor F.F. Tusubira. Instead, he says, they need to create an environment where “savvy” entrepreneurs can bring value to customers. While there are many points of agreement on how to understand the key challenges facing policy activists who wa...

Equitable access: Papers and commentaries
Equitable access: Papers and commentaries 24 July 2008 Various

The resources on this page are part of a series on equitable access to ICT infrastructure commissioned by APC. This has included an event on equitable access which took place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007 as well as a series of papers and commentaries on the themes of business models, policy and regulation, tools and technologies and people, networks and capabilities.

African blogs on ICT for development
African blogs on ICT for development 27 May 2008 Karel Novotný

As part of its research activities, APC has compiled a list of African ICT blogs. Thematically, most of them focus on ICT4D issues, although some others deal rather with online journalism, ICT policy, freedom of expression, or other related issues.

Evaluation of Wireless Workshops CWCA
Evaluation of Wireless Workshops CWCA 18 April 2008 Karel Novotný

Project Capacity Building for Community Wireless Connectivity in Africa was implemented over a period of just over two years (from the end of 2004 to late 2006). It started out primarily as an initiative to gather knowledge and resources on community wireless connectivity. But, working with a network of partners to design the project, its eventual goals were to pilot face-to-face workshops, dev...

Evaluation report on APC's Communications and Information Policy Programme
Evaluation report on APC's Communications and Information Policy Programme 13 December 2007 Debbie Budlender

From August 2005 until April 2006, an evaluation of APC’s information and communication technology (ICT) policy involvement from 2002 to mid-2005 was carried out by an independent consultant. “The overall conclusion from this evaluation has to be that APC is an energetic, active, committed organisation that has achieved a lot with limited staff and resources. [.. and] APC is highly respecte...

The role of information and communication technologies in the development of African women
The role of information and communication technologies in the development of African women 06 December 2007 Jennifer Radloff, Natasha Primo and Alice Munyua

This paper sets out to look at the question to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in relation to women’s development in Africa. The emphasis is on current issues and the paper highlights key issues and challenges faced by women in Africa and to a smaller extent, globally. The paper provides examples of good practice and includes recommendations to civil society organisation...

The gender digital divide in francophone Africa: A harsh reality (English translation)
The gender digital divide in francophone Africa: A harsh reality (English translation) 30 November 2007 Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla

Women have one chance in three less than men to benefit in the African information society. In the “Gender digital divide in francophone Africa” research on six countries (Benin, Burkina FasoBurkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal) conducted by the Gender and ICT Network, connections between gender and ICTs were found to be widely unrecognised. Looking at control, content, capa...

Global Information Society Watch 2007: Focus on participation
Global Information Society Watch 2007: Focus on participation 14 May 2007 APC and ITeM

GISWatch monitors the implementation and follow-up of key international agreements about ICT policies and their relationship to development, including WSIS and other ICT policy processes at international, regional and national level. This first report in the series focuses on participation.