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.
As a part of the ITU's pandemic response, the platform REG4COVID was launched, providing a space for regulators and civil society to share their own initiatives. APC asked their community network partners to contribute to the platform, given the general absence of civil society input.
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.
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.
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.
It’s sometimes difficult to see changes in the short term, but it is undeniable that internet access as a common good made a big difference in these Brazilian communities who have control over their own infrastructure.
By employing and training three technologists on Idjwi to take on a more active role in the management and technical development of the network, Ensemble was able to bolster community ownership of the network and enhance the skills, expertise and quality of life of this group of young people.
Published writing, sound recording, and most recently video are common manifestations of the same elemental impulse to speak and be heard – and to listen to what others have to say. The internet has proven to be a quickly adopted platform to amplify and democratise these media.