Kathleen Diga

Community networks project coordinator

Biography

Kathleen has worked for over 10 years in the information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) research space. In her previous work related to the current APC project, she has helped to coordinate research teams and individuals across the globe, including to bring together a panel around community wireless networks to Cape Town for the ICTD2013 international pre-conference. In 2008, she also had the opportunity to visit several community local access networks in Winneba, Ghana, White River, South Africa and Kabale, Uganda, as well as present on Wireless Africa and gender in a Johannesburg workshop. She has written numerous publications in ICT4D and has been a co-editor on several publications, including a special issue journal on ICT ecosystems (2016) and a book on poverty and ICTs in East Africa (2014). Her main focus of research is understanding the changing ICT asset portfolio within households in South Africa and how these items are contributing to well-being and wealth changes, particularly among the marginalised.

Purpose of position

The community networks project coordinator is responsible for leading, coordinating and supervising the overall implementation of the "Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives" project and ensuring that the project milestones are met and reported on. This includes working closely with implementation partners. 

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