Empowering African Women to Manage 100 Multipurpose Community Telecentres in 20 African Countries

Details of the organization
ITU (International Telecommunication Union)
International
International organizations

Information about the project
Empowering African Women to Manage 100 Multipurpose Community Telecentres in 20 African Countries
The Bureau of Telecommunication Development (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a million dollar project to establish at least one hundred Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCTs) in 20 African countries. These are to be owned and managed by women in order to enable them to actively participate in the development process of the African continent and expand women’s role in ICTs. The initiative was requested by a number of African countries including Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia. In cooperation with the African Ministries of Communication and other local partners, ITU has established 4 MCTs in Tanzania and Guinea Bissau. These are now already providing basic training in the use of computers, and will soon supply other services such as public telephone, fax and Internet connectivity as well as basic information. These services will enhance the development of sectors like education, health, e-commerce, agriculture and the informal sector of business traditionally operated by African women. By enabling women to manage and control the telecentres, ITU is encouraging women’s participation in ICTs, as stipulated in the World Summit on the Information Society’s Declaration and Action Plan.
Regional implementation
  • Africa
Planned for future from 2004 to 
Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania & Zambia

WSIS information
* The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
* Information and communication infrastructure
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • Programme
  • Training initiative
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No