telecentres

A pathway towards community access: From telecentres to community networks
A pathway towards community access: From telecentres to community networks 04 June 2018 Florencia Roveri, Nodo TAU

Access to the internet for local communities has been a challenge for decades for those working to achieve equal rights for all people, especially when dealing with groups that are affected, in one way or another, in terms of their access to such rights. In this respect there is a well-trodden pathway bringing together technological and community experiences in order to collaborate in the strengthening of such groups. Two milestones on this journey have been telecentres and community networks...

Peru's farmers lack information: Why are telecentres being underused?
Peru's farmers lack information: Why are telecentres being underused? 27 March 2010 AL and KAH

Susana* is 39 years old. She farms a patch of land in the Huaral Valley – a semi-arid desert region 100 kilometres from the Peruvian capital Lima. On the advice of her brother-in-law and other farmers, she finances her farming operation through loans from wholesale dealers. These wholesalers provide farmers with seeds on credit, on the condition that they sell their crops back to the company at a fixed price. As a result Susana is looked into planting cotton – another option is corn but t...

Fighting poverty from telecentres in Mali and Colombia
Fighting poverty from telecentres in Mali and Colombia 30 March 2009 Dafne Sabanes Plou

I walk into the community centre in the town of Kati, a few kilometres outside Bamako, the capital of Mali. The heat and dust made the trip here unbearable, but as I walk up the wide steps and enter the telecentre, bathed in a soft natural light, I immediately feel cooler and calmer. I am welcomed by Alima Traore, the young woman in charge of the telecentre, who shows me around the facilities a...

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 b...

The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: Recipes for self-sustainability
The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: Recipes for self-sustainability 13 April 2001 Mike Jensen and Anriette Esterhuysen

People living in developing countries are becoming increasingly aware of the powerful role that new information and communication technologies can play to help them in their struggle for education, democracy, and economic and social development. However, with six billion people on the planet and only about 800 million telephone lines, more than half of the world’s population have not yet made...

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