Empowering African Women to Manage 100 Multipurpose Community Telecentres in 20 African Countries website of the activity
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.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Related MDGs: MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
Programme, Training initiative
Planned for future: 2004 -
Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic
Republic of Congo, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Malawi, Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania & Zambia