While I am in a writing mood, my 3rd posting for the day!
The International Development Research Centre has recently embarked on an
information and communication technology initiative which it is calling (for
no particular reason) ACACIA.
The document should be of interest to anyone in Africa who is either
promoting the use of information and communication technologies (especially
the Internet) and/or is using such technologies for sustainable development.
The Acacia Initiative is intended to work at many levels, from communities at
the grassroots, to national policy-makers (content, applications,
infrastructure and policy). It spans many sectors, such as health, SME's,
education, governance and natural resources. We are presently consulting with
possible partners (implementers, researchers and funders) to formulate the
programme of action by February next year.
The work builds on the 25 years that the IDRC has been working in the field
of information and development, and the many projects already underway in
If anyone is interested in a copy of the summary document, please e-mail a
request to me at [log in to unmask] and specify your preferred format:
wordperfect 6.1, ms-word 6 or any other option I could try to export it to,
including plain ascii.
Apologies to recipients of this posting who are already involved in Acacia or
work for IDRC or Bellanet.
Project Manager: Connectivity Southern Africa
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
ph: +27-11-4033952 fax: +27-11-3395050