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AFRIK-IT  January 1997

AFRIK-IT January 1997

Subject:

African women and ICTs

From:

Max Freund <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Fri, 17 Jan 1997 00:48:48 -0500

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>Date:         Thu, 16 Jan 1997 15:21:34 -0500
>Sender: Technology Transfer in International Development
>              <[log in to unmask]>
>From: Sophia Huyer <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject:      African women and ICTs
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>To: Multiple recipients of list DEVEL-L <[log in to unmask]>
>
>January 16, 1997
>
>Dear Colleague,
>
>The Gender and Sustainable Development Unit at the International
>Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada is working to
>develop a "definition" of information and communication technology (ICT)
>use by African women which takes into account the uses of ICTs by
>African women, barriers to the use of ICTs, and strategies to facilitate
>the access of women in Africa to ICTs. This definition or profile of
>women's use of and access to ICTs in Africa wil be submitted to the IDRC
>"Acacia" project, a project on facilitating and supporting access to
>information and communications technologies (ICTs)  for African
>institutions in an attempt to ensure that women's particular concerns in
>this area are incorporated into the project definition and activities.
>
>To this end, the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced
>Study (IFIAS) is undertaking an initial survey. The purpose of the
>survey is to assemble African women's stories which convey the types of
>experience of  community-related ICT use, and will contribute to an
>analysis of factors which contribute to or impede successful access to
>ICTs by women in Africa. This information will be used to help formulate
>hypotheses, to identify research needs and to generate new ideas which
>could guide future directions for the Acacia initiative.
>
>We have two goals for this initial survey:
>*       to compile a preliminary inventory of ICT activities undertaken by
>women, and of organisations and programmes supporting women's access to
>ICT in Africa.
>*       to compile 5-10 detailed discussions of projects or activities
>demonstrating women's use of ICTs in Africa.
>
>If you can contribute information to either of these project activities,
>please contact me (contact information below). If you would like to
>contribute a 4-5 page detailed discussion of an example of women's
>community use of ICTs, please send me a 2 paragraph summary of the
>"story." If we are interested in receiving more information, IFIAS will
>contact you to pursue it further. IFIAS is also looking for
>"sub-contractors," i.e. individuals who could arrange for one or more
>5-10 page profiles of women's ICT activities or use to be written and
>sent to me. Again, if you are interested in this, please contact me with
>a summary of the information you could provide.
>
>
>For the purposes of this study, "community" will be
>geographically-defined communities which have initiated community-led
>development efforts which draw on the capabilities of digital computing
>and communications media. There is a desire to select communities to
>reflect the experience in urban and rural settings. We hope theselection
>of communities will identify stories that offer insights into real world
>practice and experience which will either confirm or challenge the
>theoretical expectations of the planners and programmers about the
>involvement of women's groups in ICT development efforts, identify
>barriers to their involvement, and demonstrate how women's access to ICT
>technologies and information can contribute to the success of community
>projects.
>
>Attached is a summary of the topics and issues we have identified around
>women's use of and access to ICTs.
>
>We are working with a very close deadline for this preliminary survey,
>so if you would like to participate, please contact me immediately. My
>email address is [log in to unmask]; fax 1-416-926-9481.
>
>Sincerely
>Sophia Huyer
>Project Leader
>Women in Global Science and Technology
>International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study (IFIAS)
>Toronto, Canada
>Tel (905) 372-9372
>Fax (416) 926-9481
>[log in to unmask]
>
>
>ANNEX I
>
>Project Title: African Women's Experience with ICT-Enabled Community
>Development
>
>Part B
>
>Three or four-page summary descriptions of the experience of each
>community with community-led ICT deveopment efforts, including a
>description of:
>
>        i)      the community development objective of the undertaking or
>project;
>
>        ii)     how the community used or applied ICT-enabled resources to
>achieve
>the community development objective;
>
>        iii)    the ICT tools which were implemented or used by the
>community in
>the development effort;
>
>        iv)     the technological, physical, economic and human resources
>infrastructures which were used by the community in the development
>effort;
>
>        v)      any programs or public policy structures which either
>supported or
>impeded the implementation of the development effort;
>
>        vi)     any approaches or strategies the community employed to support
>access  and participation by marginal groups in the development effort
>(e.g.  outreach structures, capacity building, etc.);
>
>        vii)    any planned or attempted ICT projects which were unsuccessful,
>with an analysis of the factors contributing to lack of success.
>
>
>Any discussion of the barriers to women's access to and use of ICTs,
>based in your experience and knowledge, is also of interest.
>

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