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Links to other global and regional ICT initiatives

African Regional Internet Initiative Consultation (AITEC):  services and information on Africa's information and technology market.

  • African Regional Internet Initiative (ARII): initiative to address major constraints on exploiting information and communication technologies in Africa. Project to provide support to ISP associations to establish national and regional Internet traffic exchange points and to encourage the development of low-cost international bandwidth systems for Africa.

African Virtual University: distance learning network initiated by the World Bank. Electronic distribution provides wider access to research information wherever and whenever it is needed., non-profit organization combining  ICT initiatives with ICT policy to help span the digital divide.

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO): CTO is a partnership between governments, businesses and organizations, which works to support and facilitate economic and social development and to extend the provision and use of telecommunications and other ICT services to developing countries

Halfway Project, Afrispa: to tackle the problem of high cost of international Internet connectivity in Africa, Afrispa is proposing a project to promote traffic aggregation in Africa through the establishment of national and regional Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), and to create 'Digital Arteries' within and out of Africa, to connect the continent to the rest of the world.

Information and Communications Technologies in Support of Sustainable Human Development (ICT/SHD) (Pilot Project in South Africa)

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a public corporation created by the Canadian government to help communities in the developing world find solutions to social, economic and environmental problems through research

  •  Acacia Initiative, aimed at establishing the potential of information and communications technologies to empower poor African communities

Internet Training Centre for Developing Countries, International Telecommunication Union: to provide students in developing countries with access to affordable and relevant training using both face-to-face and distance-based training methods

Netaid: programme to help poor populations in achieving a cleaner and safer environment, helping to prevent and overcome diseases, and providing them with essential services, support and education. 

New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Satellife: as many health professionals in developing countries do not have access to information, SATELLIFE has the objective of connecting professionals in remote areas to critical information resources, providing training for health workers, and current public health content to practitioners.

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC): established in April 1980 by the Governments of the nine Southern African countries Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, for cooperation in pursuit of economic and social development in Southern Africa.

  • Telecommunications Regulators Association of Southern Africa: The origins and objectives of TRASA can be traced to the foundation of the SADC. Since regional governments recognize the benefits of harmonization, TRASA's principal goal is to increase communication and coordination between the region's regulatory authorities. Additionally, TRASA seeks to encourage investment in the telecommunication sector by supporting creation of a common enabling environment, i.e. regulation and taxation, for the SADC region.

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA): ECA is the regional arm of the United Nations, mandated to support the economic and social development of its 53 member States, foster regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development  

  • UNECA, African Information Society Initiative (AISI): AISI is regarded as a guiding framework for information and communication initiative in Africa and aims at using information and communication technology to accelerate economic and social development in Africa. In 1995 UNECA appointed a High-Level Working Group on Information and Communication Technologies in Africa consisting of eleven experts on information technology in the continent. The Working Group issued a document entitled "Africa's Information Society Initiative (AISI): An Action Framework to Build Africa's Information and Communication Infrastructure" 
  • Economic Commission for Africa, Meeting on Development Information, E/ECA/DISD/CODI.2/18, 2001

  • Other ICT-related initiatives 

UNESCO Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP): to develop human resources through informatics to ensure that these are mastered and implemented in the context of comprehensive, sustainable development. Five topics were established as priority fields of action of the IIP, comprising training in informatics, software development, networks, R&D and national policies.

USAID - Leland Initiative: The Leland Initiative is a five-year U.S. Government effort to extend full Internet connectivity to 20 or more African countries. The Leland Initiative builds on existing capacity with the ultimate aim of facilitating Internet access throughout each country. 

Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA), VITAsat: Low Cost Communication and Information Services for Remote Areas: VITA, a not-for-profit organization with extensive field experience, has developed VITA-Connect, a unique communication and information service, to meet the needs of humanitarian, development and environmental organizations and the communities they serve. VITA-Connect is  based on VITAsat, a low cost, high reliability Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellite based communication network.  VITAsat is a data-only communications network through which participating organizations in remote locations can access e-mail and a broad range of targeted information and training services. Full VITA-Connect service is expected to be available in early 2002.


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