|Descripción de la actividad:
The ADEN project has three facets: equiping and connecting some 60 public Internet access points located in isolated areas and managed by local players; the organization of some 40 training courses in network administration, management and running of the centres; support for the local production of content and IT applications with the installation of host servers in the South and publication of original web contents.
Value : USD 7 million
Expected outcome : This project, implemented in the field by local players selected within the participating countries, is intended first and foremost to bring NICT access within everyone's reach in isolated areas. The ADEN centres, equipped with IT facilities and connected to the Internet, provide access to standard office automation funcionalities and to telecommunication services (including Internet, E-mail, and VoIP where authorized). Once set up, the centres often serve to stimulate the local economy by giving rise to related commercial activities.
Secondly, the project is intended to contribute to the strengthening of local capabilities in regard to network administration, management and running of the ADEN centres, thereby creating the best possible conditions for their sustainability. The training courses provided to this end, in most cases given by African trainers, serve to enhance the human capital of the local population.
Finally, this project is intended to support the local production of content and IT applications that are not only suited to local needs and challenges but also serve to increase the African presence on the Internet and, ultimately, strengthen the development of a digital economy in the countries concerned.
The idea is to equip each centre with open-source software that will allow for constant adaptation to local conditions. The software package that will be installed in the ADEN centres is the first one to have been specially designed for the operation of public Internet access points.
The project's website and mailing list are intended to facilitate exchanges of experience among the centres.
A partnership has been established between ADEN and the Global Digital Solidarity Fund.
The list of benefiaciary countries includes Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania