Africa

DRC: Developing the net in co-ownership
DRC: Developing the net in co-ownership 21 August 2007 FD for APCNews

“Feasibility study for an open internet backbone in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, this is what the ripened fruit has been called for close to a year by a team of seasoned researchers. François Ménard is one of those who were hands on in this exhaustive study. He is a project manager with the Canadian firm Xit Télécom. APCNews interviewed him on the subject of deploying a high-speed internet in Congo.  APCNews: You are interested in the DRC.  Why? FM: My perception i...

DRC: Alternatives reveals the first independent study on an internet infrastructure that can serve the entire country
DRC: Alternatives reveals the first independent study on an internet infrastructure that can serve the entire country 21 August 2007 Michel Lambert

The NGO Alternatives revealed the first independent feasibility study on the implementation of a vast infrastructure the size of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the beginning of August 2007. Carried out by Congolese researchers with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the company, Xit Télécom, and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the study proposes, in particular, that the implementation of the network be carried out in partne...

Harambee small grant helps Viva Network Africa put the net into networking
Harambee small grant helps Viva Network Africa put the net into networking 28 May 2007 Erika Smith for APCNews

Viva Network sees effective networking among Christian organisations as a stepping-stone to making a difference for the children of the world. Its focus on networking training, governance, and facilitation makes Viva Network a perfect example of the benefits of collaborative effort – just what the Harambee Small Grants Facility was founded to support. Based in Uganda, Viva Network Afric...

A little goes a longer way with ICT-based networking
A little goes a longer way with ICT-based networking 21 May 2007 Katherine Walraven for APCNews

In the former Ethiopian capital of Mekelle, the Mekelle Child Centered Forum (MCCF) reaches approximately 5,840 disadvantaged children, youth, and women living in the city. The winner of one of this year’s Harambee awards, MCCF will use its grant money to expand its reach of service towards its target of 20,000 individuals. Established in 2004 through the support of Action Aid Ethiopia, MCC...

The fight against HIV/AIDS armed with blogs, wikis and emails
The fight against HIV/AIDS armed with blogs, wikis and emails 14 May 2007 FD for APCNews

Thanks to an HIV/AIDS knowledge sharing and partnership development project, the AIDS Africa Network (RSA) is the winner of one of the 2007 Harambee awards. Often, people working in the HIV/AIDS prevention sector struggle to get a complete portrait of the successes and failures of HIV/AIDS programmes in the worst affected countries. Key information on vulnerable populations that have not yet ...

Ever heard of soil health? If not, networking is taking it to your front door
Ever heard of soil health? If not, networking is taking it to your front door 09 May 2007 FD for APCNews

The Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) is a capacity building organisation for librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students of sub-Saharan Africa. Better said, it assists them in mastering information and communication technology (ICT). Established in February 1999, ITOCA’s main thrust is to support the research and academic communities...

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Overcoming the orphan curse with ICTs
Overcoming the orphan curse with ICTs 02 April 2007 KW for APCNews

In developing countries around the world, the spread of HIV/AIDS is contributing to a growing number of orphans who prematurely assume responsibility for their siblings. In Uganda, it is not unusual to find children – usually boys – as young as eight years-old acting as household heads. Boys tend to head households because Ugandan culture prescribes that they adopt that responsibility, eve...

Blogs for African Women get Nigerian women hooked on technology
Blogs for African Women get Nigerian women hooked on technology 29 March 2007 ES for APCNews

Blogs for African Women (BAWo) has taken hold of the Nigerian blogging spirit to strengthen women’s activism. Oreoluwa Somolu, BAWo’s founder, sees blogging as a way to get women “hooked on technology”, and gain important skills for community and NGO leadership at the same time. Networking for Success, BAWo’s second initiative getting women into the blogosphere, has just ...

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