UK Government’s Digital Access Programme (former Department for International Development-DFID)

The Prosperity Fund cross-HMG 'Digital Access Programme' is a DFID-led partnership with FCO and DCMS. It aims to catalyse more inclusive, affordable, safe and secure digital access for excluded and underserved communities in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia. Increased digital inclusion in the programme countries will form the basis for more thriving digital ecosystems that generate high-skilled jobs, opportunities for local digital entrepreneurship focused on country-specific development challenges, as well as potential partnerships with international and UK business aimed at mutual prosperity. The Digital Access programme will also focus on learning about sustainable models and enablers for digital inclusion. The learnings will be shared with key stakeholders and other partner countries, thereby amplifying the impact of the programme.

Work supported:

Link: https://devtracker.fcdo.gov.uk/projects/GB-1-204963

Community-led approaches to connectivity: How CITAD is bridging the digital divide in northern Nigeria
Community-led approaches to connectivity: How CITAD is bridging the digital divide in northern Nigeria 26 August 2021 Centre for Information Technology and Development

Internet connectivity is becoming part and parcel of humans’ lives all over the globe, but the story in underdeveloped countries is different and not encouraging. With persistent engagement and advocacy visits by CITAD, progress on setting up community networks in Nigeria has been made.

Community networks from Asia, Africa and Latin America gather online to share experiences, learnings and resources
Community networks from Asia, Africa and Latin America gather online to share experiences, learnings and resources 05 August 2021 APCNews

The COVID-19 pandemic and political setbacks posed multi-layered obstacles for the community network movement over the past year. Within this challenging scenario, numerous community networks took the time to reflect and take specific, locally driven actions within their communities.

CITAD civil society consultative meeting highlights importance of community networks to bridge the digital divide
CITAD civil society consultative meeting highlights importance of community networks to bridge the digital divide 05 August 2021 CITAD

The meeting, attended by over 40 organisations from different parts of the country, aimed to highlight the importance of community networks as a tool for addressing the digital divide and explore the possibility of joint advocacy for the government to develop an enabling policy framework.

Technological autonomy as a constellation of experiences: A guide to collective creation and development of training programmes for technical community promoters
Technological autonomy as a constellation of experiences: A guide to collective creation and development of training programmes for technical community promoters 20 May 2021

From recommendations to reflections on the diversity of communities’ values and principles, this guide offers an important contribution to people, organisations and communities that see training as crucial to promote their communication and telecommunications processes within their territories or regions, especially for community networks.

Guide launch: Technological autonomy as a constellation of experiences – a guide on training programmes for technical community promoters
Guide launch: Technological autonomy as a constellation of experiences – a guide on training programmes for technical community promoters 11 May 2021 APCNews

We are pleased to announce the online launch of this unique publication on the participatory implementation of training initiatives. Find out more and be sure to save the date on 20 May 2021 to join us for a conversation on training experiences from communities around the world.

Strengthening community networks in South Africa: Activities, results and lessons learned from a Pilot Mentoring project
Strengthening community networks in South Africa: Activities, results and lessons learned from a Pilot Mentoring project 23 September 2020

The "Pilot Mentoring Project to Develop Community Networks in South Africa" was implemented from October 2019 to April 2020 in the field by Zenzeleni Networks NPC, through an agreement between APC and the UK Government's Digital Access Programme. What follows is part of our effort to capture the activities, results and lessons learned from the Pilot Mentoring project.

Supporting Community-led Approaches to Addressing the Digital Divide
Supporting Community-led Approaches to Addressing the Digital Divide 27 February 2020

The initiative is being implemented by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica and aims to develop the models, capacities and sustainability of community networks.

ItrainOnline Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK)
ItrainOnline Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) 26 December 2007

The ItrainOnline Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) is a collection of workshop kits to help trainers working with telecentres, NGOs, community media organisations and the development sector to present effective training courses on a wide range of ICTs and non-ICT topics.

Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa (CATIA)
Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa (CATIA) 18 December 2007

CATIA was a three-year project supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to enable Africans to gain maximum benefits from the opportunity offered by ICTs and to act as catalysts for policy reform.

Building Communications Opportunities (BCO) alliance
Building Communications Opportunities (BCO) alliance 28 November 2007

APC is part of the Building Communications Opportunities (BCO) alliance, which is a loose network of experienced organisations in information and communications for development who have made a commitment to learning and collaboration. BCO members, or ‘partners’ as they are referred to, include donor agencies from Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK and international non-governme...

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