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AFRIK-IT  February 1997

AFRIK-IT February 1997

Subject:

Communique from African Electronic Communicators

From:

David Lush <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Wed, 12 Feb 1997 07:28:08 +0100

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>X-POP3-Rcpt: dlush@ingrid
>From: [log in to unmask]
>Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 18:11:11 -0800
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>To: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
>        [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
>        [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
>        [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
>        [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Communique from African Electronic Communicators
>X-URL: http://wn.apc.org/sangonet.html
>
>THE HOLY FAMILY COMMUNIQUE from AFRICAN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATORS
>
>At the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Africa  Strategy
>Meeting, Holy Family Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, February 8-11 1997.
>
>11 February 1997
>
>Many of us have worked in African networking from the early days and welcome
>the blooming of Internet access across the continent. But the network is not
>an end in itself. This technology has the potential to bring about dramatic
>social, political and economic change in Africa.
>
>We work in a variety of roles in the progressive and non-profit sectors to
>support thousands of users in Africa with the connections and the information
>they need. We will continue to work together to pursue our vision of a
>network with a purpose. Our goals of low-cost, cooperative internetworking,
>quality local content, and the widest possible participation will remain even
>if and when the current Internet mania dies away.
>
>We have started work on a number of initiatives to address priority areas
>identified during the meeting and welcome partnerships in developing
>responses in four thematic areas: supporting electronic networks, promoting
>strategic use of  information and communication technologies among partner
>communities, developing information content and tools, lobbying and advocacy.
>
>A historic opportunity to develop technology for the good presents itself.
>However, without action on a number of issues , too many African people will
>be relegated to the role of passive spectator as the global information
>society takes off. As a grouping of interested parties under the aegis of the
>APC, we hope to raise awareness of these key problem areas:
>
>o Relevant African information ("content") needs to be produced, managed and
>delivered appropriately within Africa. The raw information heritage is too
>valuable to be trusted to others. Almost no resources are directed to this
>need.
>
>o Telephone and other communication infrastructure beyond the cities remains
>under-funded - a problem that liberalization cannot solve. Private investment
>in de-regulated markets has so far generally concentrated in the major
>cities.
>
>o The little international investment that there is in technical training and
>capacity building - a critical need, especially to bring more women into
>networking - too often neglects the particular needs of Africa.
>
>o Methods of information delivery must go beyond "putting it on the Web". The
>power and flexibility of electronic mail should not be under-estimated.
>
>o Alliances are being developed between some donors and parastatal  PTTs
>which are giving governments a stranglehold on national bandwidth. Donors are
>mainly focussing on the pipes, not the people.
>
>o We seek greater consultation from the various initiatives which aim to
>steer telematics developments in Africa - including: AIF, ANI, AISI, AFCOM,
>SDNP, ACACIA and the Leland Initiative. There is a difference between being
>used as cheap advisors and then ignored, and becoming valued as key
>stakeholders in an ongoing process.
>
>We believe these concerns are shared by many in the African networking
>community, and unless they are addressed, the development of the African
>Information Society will be skewed and the prospect of greater
>marginalization will be increased.
>
>Signed:
>
>APC Secretariat Brazil, US, Ecuador <[log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
>[log in to unmask]>,  BalanzanNet, Mali <[log in to unmask]>, Ebonet,
>Angola, Haymee Perez Cogle <[log in to unmask]>,  ECONEWS Africa
><[log in to unmask]>, ELCI, Kenya <[log in to unmask]>, ENDA, Maghreb
><[log in to unmask]>, ENDA, Synfev <[log in to unmask]>, ENDA, Tiers
>Monde <[log in to unmask]>, Epsilon and Omega, Malawi
><[log in to unmask]>, Green Net, UK <[log in to unmask],
>[log in to unmask]>, HealthNet Africa <[log in to unmask]>, IPS Africa
><[log in to unmask]>, MARIE, Tanzania <[log in to unmask],
>[log in to unmask]>, Mukla, Uganda  <[log in to unmask]>, One World
>Online, Southern Partners Project <[log in to unmask]>, PADIS/UNECA
><[log in to unmask]>, RIOD Africa <[log in to unmask]>,
>SANGOnet South Africa <[log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]>, UN DHA/IRIN,
>Great Lakes <[log in to unmask]>
>Zambia Association for Research and Development <[log in to unmask]>, APC
>Grantwriter <[log in to unmask]>.
>
>Other enquiries or expressions of support can be sent to Na'eem Jeenah
><[log in to unmask]> and will be recorded in an updated version of this
>document. Na'eem can be reached on tel: +27 082 458 6536 until 12 February
>1997.
>

David Lush
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
Private Bag 13386
Windhoek, Namibia
Tel. +264 61 232975, Fax. 248016
e-mail: [log in to unmask]

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