"Government, NGO and other agencies are trying to assist
women's ICT enterprises. But what are the main assistance
needs - if any - that these enterprises have?"
What's difference ?
To start I don't see any difference between women's ict enterprise with
any other enterprise runned by women. Because whatever the case,
enterprises (ict or not) that would want to survive should use ICT and
modern methods of management.
Second, it's quite difficult in Africa, to find women ict entreprises…
Talking about ICT enterprises in general I find that it is difficult in
developing country to run such enterprises because of so many handicaps
many of us knows. And I don't think if government and NGOs want to help
women to bee involved in ict development, they should only look at those
who runned ict enterprises, because there are not so many.
And do you know why?
Not only because of lack of means, but because many are not well trained,
and they think that creating and enterprise and ICT are things for men.
What to do
1. The men problem is TRAINING
Women that have potentials should be encouraged to run enterprises by
being trained in management of enterprises. This training should lay
emphasis in using ict in business.
Women that already are running enterprises (whatever it is) should be
encouraged to use plainly ict for development. And I think training is
2. Equipment and software
After training Government or NGO can provide some equipment and software
(short term or long term credit, or at very low prices ) for those who
don't have money to buy some according to their needs (computers, modem,
websites, printers, cellular, …)
If that is done many women can enter and successfully runned why not ict
enterprises, and many other using ict for development
Nb : In our context distributing money, will not help women, and will
only bring a lot of problem; and i can even say with evidence that, 90% of
such money would not be forwarded to the right person.
<title>AFRIK-IT Digest - 29 Apr 2005 to 11 May 2005 (#2005-17)</title>
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