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My visit to Warsaw, Poland (part 2)

Hello again!



As promised in my former blogpost, let me tell you some more about the days I spent in Warsaw, talking & brainstorming with Paweł Makowiecki.



Paweł Makowiecki is the founder of Responsible Business Institute (RBI), a… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on July 8, 2008 at 15:30 — No Comments

My visit to Warsaw, Poland (part 1)

Hello everybody!



Last weeks, I have been so involved into steering committee & esplai activities that I simply didn’t find the time to write you earlier about my face-to-face visits to Poland, Belgium and The Netherlands. So be prepared now for a series of blogposts on these experiences...



First, let me rewind back to the latest city I traveled to:… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on July 3, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

Telecentre.Europe Update, June 2008

Dear Colleagues!



You’re receiving this note because you attended telecentre-europe meeting in Riga (April 2008), its predecessor (Barcelona 2007) or expressed interest in joining this list.



This note is to update on progress toward formalizing telecentre-europe as a network of community-based telecentres in Europe interested in learning from each other to improve practice and advocating together to ensure that community-based telecentres are seen as an important civic… Continue

Added by Gabi Barna on July 1, 2008 at 14:00 — No Comments

European Funding Conferences

The European Fundraising Association is launching a seminar programme designed to share European fundraising expertise with third sector organisations throughout the world.



Windows on Europe will feature in selected international conferences as a series of talks delivered by fundraising leaders from Europe. The initiative launches at the national fundraising conference in France this week and includes speakers from Amnesty International Belgium, Be the Change UK and the Polish… Continue

Added by Ian Clifford on June 27, 2008 at 14:30 — No Comments

Knowledge sharing |putting it in context…

That water is the most precious, rear resource in the hot desert threatened Sudan is well documented. Yet, locals find it within themselves to share it with any traveller in need by setting up road-side watering (drinking) points (called Sabir). Actually, these are small pots made out of clay that are stationed on tripod stands – usually in a set of three, under thin sheds…checkout the photo. Neighbours refill them every morning. You see, clay is porous and passes on this great attribute to the… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 25, 2008 at 10:30 — No Comments

How not to keep records | from Kida telecentre, Mali as Adult literacy training starts in Algeria telecentres

I arrive at Kita telecentre on a wet Tuesday morning. It located 180 km West of Bamako, Mali. The telecentre is centrally located in this rural but busty, little township boasting of a population of more than 35000. We are welcomed by Abdulaye Diallo, he is the co-owner of the telecentre. He is a highly motivated manager and knows how to do business – my first impression.



I ask him how the telecentre is used and how many people come a day. I am told that users can access computer… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 24, 2008 at 21:26 — No Comments

Telecentre community comes of age| what time can do…

A participant asked me “…after three years of telecentre.org’s work, how has the telecentre landscape changed, what can you say about the future?” I looked at him and smiled in admiration. He had just posed a great question – one that needed a cute response. The thing is, I had only two minutes to respond.



This was at the end of the international workshop on sustainability of telecentres in Lusaka (June 2008). I have not stopped thinking about that question ever since. Actually, I… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 23, 2008 at 18:30 — No Comments

Proven tips in resource mobilisation for telecentre community

Ever been on a resource mobilisation mission for an activity so important - telecentre event, content development for communities - but only got lacklustre response. I suspect you then wondered whether you might be able to sustain the momentum or even start the activity itself. Alright, help is on the way. I have a few practical tips that I picked up recently from people involved deeply in resource mobilisation for telecentre community.



I don’t know about you. But for me, what I like… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 22, 2008 at 16:30 — No Comments

The telecentre community re-union in Zambia

Telecentre practitioners and network leaders gathered here in Lusaka June 17 – 19 to share experiences and develop strategies for sustainable telecentres in Africa. Perhaps the hallmark of the event was the participation of CTA, Info-bridge and IICD with an open invitation to telecentre community for partnership.



The event was momentous. Take CTA (www.cta.int) for instance which has been one of the leading players in dissemination of agricultural information resources across the APC… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 20, 2008 at 20:07 — No Comments

Telecentre Europe network take yet another step…

I am preparing for my flight out of Barcelona after three days of work with the steering committee of telecentre Europe. You might recall – from my blogs elsewhere, that I went to Riga in April for TLF-Europe, where the network expanded and set new targets with a benchmark at Barcelona June 2008. Yes, this was the occasion. We reviewed documents and strategies developed since Riga.



This meeting was a great opportunity for the steering committee to reconnect. You see, the committee… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 20, 2008 at 20:05 — No Comments

Call for proposals | EU Study Analysis of e-Inclusion Impact

This could be a great opportunity for collaboration among network members and researchers. Read below



CALL FOR TENDERS

Study Analysis of e-Inclusion Impact (SMART 2008-0065)

(Deadline: 01/09/2008) The subject of the contract is to provide an assessment aimed to test expected outcomes resulting from digital inclusion, such as: empowerment of individuals to use ICT to better participate in the economy hence with an effect on employability and entrepreneurship ; the value for… Continue

Added by Maria Garrido on June 18, 2008 at 18:30 — No Comments

Telecentre Europe on planning retreat... glad to join in

I am now in Barcelona, will be working with telecentre europe network steering committee for the next 2 days to define services and strategies for rolling them out. Its part of the follow-up to Riga Europe TLF

Will bring you thoughts and highlight too...

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 13, 2008 at 23:31 — No Comments

Highlights from the 5th edition of East Africa TLF

Looking back at the end of TLF, feel satisfied with the time, energy and commitment everyone shared. I suspect participants will say it was a successful event in a number of ways. This is why:



- Participants made a firm decision to start a telecentre academy (for East Africa region based in Uganda and national one for Sudan)the decision was indeed about how to implement and who does what…as the necessity had been overstated a couple years ago. As one participant put it, telecentre… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 13, 2008 at 23:26 — No Comments

East Africa Telecentre Leaders’ Forum – show off benefits of staff exchange

As I listened to telecentres and network leaders here at the East African Telecentre Leaders Forum (EATLF), I kept thinking – so, can these interesting activities be taken to scale?



The first day of the event featured concrete stories about creating innovative content and services, partnerships, building telecentre networks from Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Brazil and India. I was particularly impressed by Uganda Development Services (UDS) telecentre efforts to… Continue

Added by Meddie Mayanja on June 13, 2008 at 23:25 — 1 Comment

My visit to Białystok, Poland

After the conference in Krakow, I was off to the Nord-east of Poland, where Responsible Business Institute (RBI) runs its “Community Computer and Education Centers” in… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on June 10, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

European Commission launches the 2008 European eInclusion Awards

The European Commission has just launched the first ever European eInclusion Awards, which will celebrate the best and most imaginative uses of ICT to reduce digital and social exclusion.



The awards are open to organisations in the public, business and voluntary sector or civil society.



There are seven competition categories: Ageing Well; Marginalised Young People; Geographic Inclusion; Cultural Diversity; Digital Literacy; e-Accessibility and Inclusive Public… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 29, 2008 at 13:28 — 2 Comments

Is the Personal Computer sustainable in the long term?

This post is an opinion piece intended for publication outside of ning, but I wanted your views first

cheers



Ian

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With the benefit of hindsight with the automotive industry, many argue that we should have found ways of limiting the number of cars manufactured, or that more resource should have been spent on communal transport. There is a slowly increasing awareness of our carbon footprint, and it is currently… Continue

Added by Ian Clifford on May 26, 2008 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Some real work has been done!

Dear all,

Two weeks have passed since my last update, so there is a lot to tell here.



New members

The "email harassment campaign" we organized for getting all Riga participants on board of telecentreeurope.ning.com was a huge success. Operation "Show up!" - as we called our computer game - succeeded in convincing 9 Riga participants to sign up on our community site:… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on May 26, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

Operational definition of a telecentre

Based on the underneath conversation, the resulting definition would be:



"A telecentre is a place where people can get help to access computers, the internet and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others. In doing so they develop essential 21st-century digital skills to enable them to find better employment opportunities, to participate meaningful into society or to improve and transform their… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 20, 2008 at 16:00 — 8 Comments

telecentre-europe: networking telecentres in Europe

I was invited by Ravi Gupta to write an article for www.telecentremagazine.net. They asked me to focus on an overview of telecentre-europe and the recently concluded Telecentres Leaders Forum in Riga, in about 2500 words.



So I grabbed different documents, reports and blogposts written on the telecentre-europe process and on Riga, and "puzzled to fit" the underneath text.… Continue

Added by Lize De Clercq on May 20, 2008 at 15:00 — No Comments

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