ICT and women empowerment is the central theme of a conference co-hosted by World Summit of the Information Society Gender Caucus East Africa Sub-Region, the Tanzanian Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, AITEC Tanzania, and the Tanzanian Ministry of Communication and Transport. Read the full story here.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 10/08/2004 04:01:00 PM
Pambazuka News is a weekly electronic newsletter covering news, commentary, and analysis, and a range of other resources on human rights and development in Africa. Subscription is free. Pambazuka is published by FAHAMU, which uses information and communication technologies as a tool for social change has a vision of the world where people organise to emancipate themselves from all forms of oppression, recognise their social responsibilities, respect each other’s differences, and realise their full potential. Fahamu means understanding and Pambazuka means dawn in Kiswahili.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 9/18/2004 11:25:00 AM
There are dramatic changes in the health sector right now as a result of information revolution. On May 12-13, 2004, SATELLIFE, Inc., the International Development Research Centre of Canada (IDRC), Uganda Chartered HealthNet, and Makerere University Faculty of Medicine hosted a successful conference on "Handheld Computers in Africa: Exploring the Promise for the Health Sector" in Entebbe, Uganda. The conference explored the benefits, challenges, and opportunities that handheld technology presents for the health sector in low resource environments and featured plenary addresses, panel and group discussions, and presentations. Please view the conference presentation materials and the final report.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/24/2004 09:37:00 AM
Another e-book detailing case studies of community technology centres in Africa by Florence Etta and Shiela Parvyn-Wamahiu (CODESRIA/IDRC 2003). The book examines the setting, operations, and effects of community telecentres. It describes the telecentre experiences of a variety of local and often rural communities, exploring the management structures and mechanisms that have been established to support these telecentres. The book provides profiles of telecentre usage and discusses the potential and challenges of setting up and maintaining community telecentres in the context of poor information infrastructure and limited human capacity. It is relevant and useful for researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and development practitioners and professionals with interests or active programs in the area of "ICT for development," particularly those with a focus on universal access and universal-service or public-access centres. It is also very useful reference tool for scholars, students, and academics.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/09/2004 08:41:00 AM
You can get a copy of this e-book on gender and ICT revolution in Africa edited by Eva M. Rathgeber and Edith Ofwona Adera. The essays in the book examine the current and potential impact of the ICT explosion in Africa. They focus specifically on gender issues and analyze the extent to which women's needs and preferences are being served. The authors underscore the need for information to be made directly relevant to the needs of rural women, whether in the areas of agriculture, health, microenterprise, or education. They argue that it is not enough for women simply to be passive participants in the development of ICTs in Africa. Women must also be decision-makers and actors in the process of using the new ICTs to accelerate African economic, social, and political development
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/09/2004 08:29:00 AM
This is a very interesting project using ICTs to promote the voice of Tonga people on the Internet. Tonga people live on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. You can also listen to the music of Thomas Mapfumo and his band, The Black Unlimited on the website.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/04/2004 08:52:00 AM
The 2nd OSS (open source software) conference for Africa is taking place in South Africa on the 26 and 27 August, 2004. The main objective of the conference is to dispel myths and misunderstandings, which exist about open source software.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/04/2004 08:40:00 AM
"Do you remember the days of slavery? How they beat us. And how they worked us so hard. And they used us. 'Til they refuse us. While I remember, please remember."
These words are from one of my favourite songs, Slavery Days, by the grandfather of reggae, Burning Spear (he took his name from the Burning Spear of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya). In remembrance of slavery and slave trade take a virtual tour of the House of Slaves in the Goree Island, Senegal West Africa.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 8/02/2004 04:12:00 AM
The future landed in Tanzania in 2000 when the government banned a book written by a University lecturer, Mustapha Njozi, Mwembechai Killings and the Political Future of Tanzania. Despite government's intention to keep people in perpetual darkness and limit freedom of opinion and expression, the electronic version of the book is available for everyone. What can the government do? Stop the people from using the Internet? The people will no longer be in line waiting for the government to tell them what and how to think, but online expressing themselves freely and chanting down Babylon!
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/27/2004 11:24:00 PM
When the Zimbabwean government shut down the country’s only private daily newspaper, The Daily News, on 12 September last year, the Internet became the only place where the state could not extend its claws. Production was forced to stop on 12 September when armed police raided the newspaper's office in Harare. Staff were ordered from the premises and computer equipment was confiscated. The Daily News continues to battle the government of Zimbabwe. Virtually, of course! The newspaper changed its domain name .co.zw to co.za, which technically means that it it is not published in Zimbabwe. Therefore, it is not breaking the law! Find the newspaper here.
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/27/2004 11:09:00 PM
Afro@Digital is a documentary by a Congolese filmmaker, Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda, about dramatic changes in Africa brought by new ICTs. Read more....
Posted by Ndesanjo Macha at 7/18/2004 01:04:00 PM