rural ICT4D

Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones?
Rural communication: Is there still a need for telecentres now that there are mobile phones? 27 October 2008 LC and Ian Howard

Connecting rural TanzaniaFollowing the initial rush of Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) projects in rural Africa, many did not yield the anticipated outcomes, and interest has been dying down. People then began talking about “sustainable ICT” projects, in which it was understood that projects would become self-sufficient after their initial donor-led investment and set-up period. But with the use of mobile phones gaining in popularity, popular rhetoric ...

Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural ICTs in Africa
Unbounded possibilities: Observations on sustaining rural ICTs in Africa 27 October 2008 Ian Howard

Getting connected thanks to Wireless This study commissioned by APC and written by wireless expert Ian Howard explores sustainable ICT and the need for wireless internet access for development (W4D). Intended to serve as a guide to members of the W4D community involved in African initiatives, Howard draws conclusions based on his observations of two telecentres in Tanzania with very different business models. Howard’s work is intended to inspire others to share their observations about viab...

African blogs on ICT for development
African blogs on ICT for development 27 May 2008 Karel Novotný

As part of its research activities, APC has compiled a list of African ICT blogs. Thematically, most of them focus on ICT4D issues, although some others deal rather with online journalism, ICT policy, freedom of expression, or other related issues. Both very generally focused blogs are represented (ICT in Africa), as well as blogs looking at specific issues (alternative energy sources). The lis...

The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects
The Zitt Geeks - Young Nigerians turn to computing to improve their job prospects 02 September 2004 Karen Higgs

The Fantsuam Foundation provides refurbished computers to civil society organisations and partners, runs computer training centres and offers the only internet connection for hundreds of miles around in rural Nigeria. All this in Kafanchan State where electricity is often unavailable and innovators power their computers using car batteries. The Foundation’s work is supported by a home-grown ...

The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria
The challenge of getting online - Fantsuam brings satellite internet to villages in rural Nigeria 30 July 2004 Karen Higgs

APC member in rural Nigeria, Fantsuam Foundation, has recorded yet another first in rural ICT programs. Earlier this year, Fantsuam launched a VSAT facility. VSAT stands for "Very Small Aperture Terminal" which can provide access to the internet by connecting computers on the ground to a satellite link. In a situation where other connectivity options are not feasible, VSAT can be relatively qui...

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