Africa

Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa
Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa 26 September 2018 APCNews

What are the most relevant changes in the telecommunications landscape and their implications for achieving universal, affordable access to communication in Africa? This was the main focus of a workshop organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) on 9 September 2018. Held as a pre-event to the 2018 ITU Telecom World in Durban, South Africa, the workshop featured high-level analysis of the teleco...

HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems
HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems 25 September 2018 Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Coalition of African Lesbians, Sexual Rights Initiative and Association for Progressive Communications

This statement was read out during the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council by Amanda Hodgeson from the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), during the general debate under Agenda Item 8: Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. I make this statement on behalf of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Coalition of African Lesbians, the Sexual Rights Initiative, and the Association for Progressive Communications. The Vienna Declar...

How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out!
How did APC contribute to change in 2017? Our annual report is out! 25 September 2018 FF

2017 was a year of transition for APC. This is something that speaks very positively of the health and vibrancy of a nearly 30-year-old network. As Bishakha Datta, chair of APC's board of directors, puts it in her introduction: “Access. Rights. A Feminist Internet. Governance. Use and Development. Community. (Or FAIR and GUD-C, as I affectionately acronymised them for myself.) These are the p...

APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria
APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria 25 September 2018 CITAD

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. As the entry examination for tertiary education institutions becomes fully computer-based in Nigeria, most girls' secondary schools in Kano state still do not have computer laboratories or internet access. Research conducted by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on a sample of...

APC members in 2017: Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa: A growing footprint
APC members in 2017: Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa: A growing footprint 25 September 2018 CIPESA

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report , as part of our work on rights. In September 2017, the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) was hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was a partnership between APC and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) which saw the physical footprint of FIFAfrica g...

APC members in 2017: ALIN promotes access to information in remote areas of Kenya
APC members in 2017: ALIN promotes access to information in remote areas of Kenya 24 September 2018 ALIN

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Arid Lands Information Network's (ALIN’s) innovative approach to information and communications technologies (ICTs) and knowledge management received a boost in 2017 when it deployed a Community Education, Business and Information Centre (CEBIC) in Samburu County, Kenya. The Low Emission and Climate R...

Preserving digital rights during elections in Cameroon
Preserving digital rights during elections in Cameroon 23 September 2018 Avis Momeni

PROTEGE QV, an APC member organisation based in Cameroon, joined other local and international civil society organisations, entrepreneurs, internet service providers and content platforms for the multistakeholder symposium "Digital Rights and Elections in Cameroon: Fighting dangerous speech online while preserving digital rights". The symposium, which took place in Yaoundé on 12-13 Septem...

I’m headed to AfriSIG 2018 and here’s why…
I’m headed to AfriSIG 2018 and here’s why… 20 September 2018 Babatunde Okunoye

As a research officer at Paradigm Initiative, my daily work involves a number of interesting tasks. I lead research on Paradigm Initiative’s annual Digital Rights in Africa report, together with a network of researchers within our organisation and across the continent. I also produce policy briefs and blog posts and manage research partnerships with local, regional and international organisat...

Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access?
Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access? 11 September 2018 APCNews

"There was a massive storm during the night, and signals from all operators were off when we woke up. And yet, internet from Zenzeleni is still up and running. Who can still doubt the capacity of community networks to provide universal access?"  This was the message shared by Carlos Rey-Moreno, coordinator of APC's Local Access Networks project, during the Third Su...

Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018)
Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018) 10 September 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Coalition Report to the 64th session (24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018) of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This Parallel Coalition Report (Second Coalition Report) is submitted to the CESCR to as...

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