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Bridging the digital divide: Insights from the Africa Community Networks Exchange
Bridging the digital divide: Insights from the Africa Community Networks Exchange 09 April 2024 Maria José Casares García

Community networks in Africa stand as beacons of innovation and resilience. Through a series of four webinars, Tanda Community Network along with APC and and Rhizomatica's LocNet initiative helped with capacity building and explored such networks' challenges, triumphs and how to support them in bridging the digital divide.

Why we need to rethink financing for connectivity to bridge the digital divide
Why we need to rethink financing for connectivity to bridge the digital divide 02 April 2024 Débora Prado

Community-centred connectivity alternatives are offering reliable services at affordable costs in areas left behind by large telecommunications companies. But their journey shows why rethinking financing for connectivity is an important step towards bridging the digital divides.

Community networks newsletter: What changes when connectivity is rooted in communities?
Community networks newsletter: What changes when connectivity is rooted in communities? 26 March 2024 APCNews

By being rooted in their own communities and encouraging collective articulation, a community network can became a catalyst for rethinking digital spaces and build more inclusive practices – as the pieces collated for this issue show.

Seeding change: Community network tackles the digital divide and boosts the creation of local content 
Seeding change: Community network tackles the digital divide and boosts the creation of local content  25 March 2024 Débora Prado

Learn about the Portal Sem Porteiras community network, an initiative by residents of a rural neighbourhood who are promoting community-centred connectivity, local content creation and technological innovation in Brazil.

Community networks newsletter: Meet solar-powered hubs providing community-centred connectivity in Nigeria
Community networks newsletter: Meet solar-powered hubs providing community-centred connectivity in Nigeria 26 February 2024 APCNews

Recently, Hello World, in partnership with APC and CITAD, offered training on the Hello Hub connectivity model to community organisations in Nigeria. This process shows the power of partnership, knowledge-sharing and the leadership roles of community members in offering connectivity alternatives.

Five hopeful stories of community networks rethinking technologies from our podcast series
Five hopeful stories of community networks rethinking technologies from our podcast series 30 January 2024 Débora Prado

Can communities shape digital technologies in favour of their environments, cultures, knowledge and well-being? This piece present five inspiring stories from the Routing for Communities podcast showcasing how connectivity and the use of technology gain meaning from local demands.

Community networks newsletter: New year, new opportunities to strengthen community-centred connectivity
Community networks newsletter: New year, new opportunities to strengthen community-centred connectivity 25 January 2024 APCNews

This is the first edition of our newsletter in 2024 – and it brings encouraging prospects for community-centred connectivity. The year begins with new opportunities, whether in terms of open calls or spaces and materials to strengthen these initiatives through shared knowledge.

The challenges of digital inclusion in Africa and the innovations we need
The challenges of digital inclusion in Africa and the innovations we need 18 January 2024 Onyekachi Okoro Emmanuel

Following their participation at the 2023 African Internet Governance Forum, the Media Awareness and Justice Initiative (MAJI) identified several key issues affecting digital inclusion, expansion and use across Africa as well as recommendations for the way forward.

Community network regulation around the world
Community network regulation around the world 15 December 2023 Carlos Rey-Moreno

This paper provides a brief overview of the growing recognition for community networks at the international, regional and national level and the evolution of regulatory frameworks to enable their development.

Call for organisations to nominate and host regional capacity-building coordinators for the Local Networks initiative
Call for organisations to nominate and host regional capacity-building coordinators for the Local Networks initiative 12 December 2023 APCNews

The Local Networks initiative invites host institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America that are already working with community networks to apply and nominate one candidate for the position of capacity-building coordinator in the region where they work.

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