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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Added by Lize De Clercq on June 10, 2008 at 15:00 —
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 —
This post is an opinion piece intended for publication outside of ning, but I wanted your views first
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 —
Two weeks have passed since my last update, so there is a lot to tell here.
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 —
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 —
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 —
Now that group discussions have started in 4 of our groups, I think it is my duty to explain you all a little bit more about how this tool works for engaging a group conversation.
There are only three things you should know (really, only three!):
Receive email notification from a specific group discussion
Once somebody started a discussion, you should tell the system if you want to be notified on your email that somebody replied to it.… Continue
Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 15, 2008 at 10:30 —
Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 13, 2008 at 1:30 —
Dear community members,
We are 4 weeks away from Riga and the global telecentre community is impressed about the way we europeans succeed in "keeping up the momentum" through our virtual existence at telecentreeurope.ning.com.
So here comes like a kind of "resume" of why everybody is so excited about us :)
Community's member increase
We are going at a rythm of 9 new members a week now. 4 more Riga participants joined:… Continue
Added by Lize De Clercq on May 9, 2008 at 15:00 —
At the first Telecentre-europe Leaders Forum (Riga, April 8-9 2008) the meeting facilitator Allison Hewlitt
invited participants to co-create the agenda for the rest of the meeting. People put their ideas on brightly coloured cards, provided the group with a short explanation, and placed them on the wall in a grid with time slots. Each of these would become a session, led by the initiator of the… Continue
Added by Unite-IT Manager on May 3, 2008 at 16:30 —
Hi again everybody,
As your weekly reporter, I am sending you this week’s update of our community’s activity.
Since my last update, 8 new members joined our online community on telecentreeurope.ning.com, which makes a total of 56 signed in members. Those that didn’t join yet and want to stay in touch with the community should sign up soon!
From the 56 members that joined our online space, 15 members were not at the Riga conference, these… Continue
Added by Lize De Clercq on May 3, 2008 at 1:30 —