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Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)

ICT for development success stories : youth, poverty and gender

This 100-page publication highlights initiatives that are using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to make a real and meaningful difference in communities around the world, no matter how disadvantaged or isolated they may be. These stories on youth, poverty and gender intend to provide snapshots of the learning process that accompanies the introduction and implementation of ICTs in a community development project. In sharing experiences and lessons-learned, the goal of the (...) read

date of on-line publication : 30 January 2007

Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

Internet Rights Charter

> Internet for social justice and sustainable development (...)

The internet is a global public space that must be open, affordable and accessible to all. As more and more people gain access to this space, many remain excluded. Like the process of globalisation with which it has been closely intertwined, the spread of internet access takes place with uneven results and often exacerbates social and economic inequalities. However, the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be a powerful tool for social mobilisation and development, resistance to injustices and expression of difference and creativity.
APC (Association for Progressive communications) believes that the ability to share information and communicate freely using the internet is vital to the realisation of human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) and the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW, 1980).


date of on-line publication : 20 December 2006

The gender digital divide in francophone Africa : a harsh reality

> Enda Editions, Etudes et Recherches, n°244, Dakar, 2005, 90 p. (...)

"The Gender Digital Divide in Francophone Africa : A Harsh Reality" is part of the French-language series "Etudes et recherches" published by ENDA. These occasional papers are series of monographs, published as a supplement to the journal African environment - Environmental studies and regional planning bulletin. This document presents the main results of the research on the "Gender digital divide in Francophone Africa : data and indicators", which was carried out in 2004-2005 by the Gender and ICT Network (Réseau genre et TIC), with the sponsorship of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) based in Ottawa, Canada.
The "Gender Digital Divide in Francophone Africa" research project, undertaken by the Gender and ICT Network, found that women overall have one chance in three less than men of benefiting from the African Information Society in the six countries included in the study (Benin, Burkina FasoBurkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal). Furthermore, any connection between gender and ICT issues is largely unrecognised. The quantitative and qualitative evidence presented by the research, which justifies the alarms raised by gender specialists within the information society, appeals to public and civil society policymakers to implement actions towards a more inclusive and fair society in terms of gender.


date of on-line publication : 3 November 2006

The Economic Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction a study of rural communities in: India (Gujarat), Mozambique and Tanzania

> Project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) - Report, PDF, 447 pages (...)

The last five years have seen tremendous growth in telephone ownership and use in developing countries. Until the mid-1990s, telephones were only available in the urban centres of poor countries. Some African countries had telephone densities as low as one per thousand people. Since then, mobile telephone networks have spread rapidly in most low income countries. Many people, even in low income communities, now own telephones; and most adults make some use of them, wherever they are available, usually relying on public kiosks, phone shops or airtime bought from individual phone owners. The mobile phone has become a symbol of the use of new information and communication technologies (or ICTs) in the developing world.
But what impact has the telephone had on livelihoods - on how people live their lives, protect themselves against vulnerability and take opportunities for a more prosperous future? Do people use the telephone for social or business purposes? How important is it to them in emergencies? Does it make a difference to how they obtain the information they need to run their lives? And how does it fit into the pattern of other communication channels they have available?
Very little substantial or detailed research has been done so far on these questions. The research reported in this document assesses the impact of the telephone on the lives of the rural poor in three developing countries - in the state of Gujarat in India; in Mozambique; and in Tanzania.


date of on-line publication : 25 October 2006

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