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Special Focus: Africa


go  7th Highway Africa Conference: "Mainstreaming Medi3 in the Information Society", 8-10 September 2003 - Grahamstown, South Africa.

go  African Information Society Initiative.

go  Balancing Act, useful links to African websites.

go  Bisharat! A language, technology and development initiative. Bisharat! is an evolving idea based on the importance of maternal languages in sustainable development and the enormous potential of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit efforts in the area of language and development. Anticipating the gradual introduction of computers and the internet to rural communities in Africa, the current focus of Bisharat is on research, advocacy, and networking relating to use of African languages in software and web content.

go  Bisharat! Links page. An annotated list of links on: Languages, Knowledge, Development, & ICT, Research & reference concerning languages & ICTs, Research & reference concerning African languages, Software, e-mail, & ICT projects for African languages, Automatic translation - software, research, On-line dictionaries for African languages and a few sites largely or entirely in African languages, + Other links on Africa.

go  Catalysing Access to ICT in Africa (CATIA). The Catalysing Access to ICT in Africa (CATIA) programme aims to enable poor people in Africa to gain maximum benefit from the opportunities offered by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and to act as a strong catalyst for reform. It will support a package of strategic activities to improve affordable access to the full range of ICTs, from Internet to community radio.

go  Completing the Revolution, The Challenge of Rural telephony in Africa. In the midst of the current enthusiasm for ICTs for development it is often forgotten that most rural Africans do not yet even have access to telephones.

go  Conference on the Financing of NEPAD, Dakar 15-17 April 2002.

go  Connectivity Africa homepage. Connectivity Africa (CA) was announced during the 2002 G8 Kananaski Summit. It will build on Canada's experience in connectivity projects in Africa and adapt Canadian expertise and models to the needs of African countries, particularly in education, health and economic development. Connectivity Africa is being implemented by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in partnership with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

go  Database of online ressources from

go  Drumbeat no. 187, Special Focus on ICTs in Africa, Part 3. On the Drumbeat page, put the keyword "Africa" and search.

go  Fair Access to Internet Report (FAIR) Reveals Cost And Regulatory Barriers To Internet Access in Africa. The findings of this report were presented at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, December 2003.

go  ICT-Enabled Development Case Studies Series: Africa.

go  Kabissa, a website using technology to strengthen non profit organizations working to improve the lives of people in Africa.

go  Partnership for Information and Communication Technologies in Africa.

go  Report of the Africa Regional Conference for WSIS (Bamako 28-30 May 2002).

go  Research ICT Africa! seeks to fulfil a strategic gap in the development of a sustainable information society and knowledge economy on the African continent….

go  Soulbeat Africa. A project of Soul City and the Communication Initiative, Soul Beat Africa aims to be a space for communicators across Africa to share experiences, materials, strategic thinking and events, and to engage in discussion and debate. This site is meant for communicators, practitioners, media makers, academics, researchers, and others who are using or are interested in communication for change in Africa. The site focusses specifically on Africa, providing an opportunity for the unique experiences and issues of the continent to be shared and debated, while helping to strengthen communication for development and social change.

go  Summary of the 4th Africa Computing and Telecommunications (ACT) Summit, Nairobi, Kenya, 6-8 August 2002.

go  Summary of the African Infrastructure and Services Report 2002/20.

go  The Africa ICT Policy Monitor.

go  The Association for Progressive Communications. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals through the strategic use of information and communication technologies, especially internet-related technologies.

go  The Business for Africa website.

go  The Centre for Connectivity in Africa (Canadian Government Initiative/IDRC).

go  The LINK Centre is the leading research and training body in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) policy, regulation and management in Southern Africa.

go  Website of the ACACIA Initiative.



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