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Seeding change: Zenzeleni provides community-rooted connectivity in rural South Africa
Seeding change: Zenzeleni provides community-rooted connectivity in rural South Africa 28 April 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities' lives? Find out how Zenzeleni Community Networks has been growing its capacity to provide internet access while building a local source of income alongside community members in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.

Community Networks Stories: How community networks from Latin America partnered up for learning, sharing and caring
Community Networks Stories: How community networks from Latin America partnered up for learning, sharing and caring 17 December 2020 ORCAL

The Latin American Community Networks Organisation for Technological Appropiation (ORCAL) is a joint initiative of Latin American community networks and network builders to reinforce their individual and collective sustainability.

Community Networks Stories: Experiences from co-creating a local knowledge network
Community Networks Stories: Experiences from co-creating a local knowledge network 11 December 2020 Living Labs Network and Forum and Janastu/Servelots

The focus of this project was to explore community-owned Wi-Fi mesh as a decentralised and localised network infrastructure to enable us to co-design frameworks that support archiving at the grassroots in Bidar, India.

Community Networks Stories: Installing community networks, uninstalling gender stereotypes
Community Networks Stories: Installing community networks, uninstalling gender stereotypes 01 December 2020 Digital Empowerment Foundation

As a flag-bearer of digital connectivity in her village in India, Talaria Amruta is helping build community networks through the Digital Empowerment Foundation's “Barefoot Women Wireless Engineers” inititiave.

Community Networks Stories: A digital communications system geared to the needs and local context of remote communities in the Amazon
Community Networks Stories: A digital communications system geared to the needs and local context of remote communities in the Amazon 17 November 2020 Isabel Harari for Instituto Socioambiental (ISA)

Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and the Brazilian Association of Digital Radio (ABRADIG) worked together with local and indigenous communities in Extractive Reserves in Pará, Brazil to co-create an appropriate digital two-way communication system through high frequency or HF radio.

Community Networks Stories: A rainbow of contents in the sky
Community Networks Stories: A rainbow of contents in the sky 21 August 2020 Blanca Cruz for TIC A.C.

The 1st Technological Faena proposed installing a community intranet for the assembly. They would start by preparing a basic virtual browsing experience that would allow users to download files and take them to their communities without using the global internet and without the need for mobile data.

Community Networks Stories: Access is not enough – the need for locally relevant content and platforms to bridge the digital divide
Community Networks Stories: Access is not enough – the need for locally relevant content and platforms to bridge the digital divide 13 August 2020 TunapandaNET

The Connecting the Unconnected catalytic interventions grant enabled the TunapandaNET community network to collaborate with Murambinda Works in Zimbabwe to address the “after access” challenges of locally relevant content and platforms.

Community Networks Stories: Sharing the vision and importance of the network, to improve and strengthen people’s lives
Community Networks Stories: Sharing the vision and importance of the network, to improve and strengthen people’s lives 15 July 2020 Nontsokolo Sigcau for Zenzeleni

Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is one of the pillars in the community of Mankosi as well as one of the original Zenzeleni Mankosi Cooperative directors, and has been involved in the network through its multiple phases over the last seven years.

Community Networks Stories: ComunicArte gathering in Colombia fosters mutual learning among peers
Community Networks Stories: ComunicArte gathering in Colombia fosters mutual learning among peers 01 July 2020 Colnodo

The five-day event combined workshops in Popayán, where representatives of community networks from throughout the region shared experiences and knowledge with the others, and a day-trip visit to the RedINC community network in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca.

Community Networks Stories: Knowledge and experience sharing among networks brings the spirit of teamwork and the power of collaboration
Community Networks Stories: Knowledge and experience sharing among networks brings the spirit of teamwork and the power of collaboration 26 June 2020 ASORCOM

Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM) in Myanmar believes that building a community network is not just about internet connectivity, but also working with the community, building trust, providing support and sharing skills for their sustainable development.

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