The APC Africa ICT Policy Monitor's primary goal project
is to enable African civil society organisations to engage in
information and communication technologies (ICT) policy development
to promote an Information Society based on social justice and
human rights. The ultimate aim being that governments and policy
makers recognise that access to and the use of ICTs is a basic
The project, initiated in late 2001, continues to research,
collect, interpret, produce and disseminate ICT policy information;
build the awareness and capacity of civil society to understand
these issues; and assist civil society organisations to formulate
their interests in ICT policy and to support their lobbying
and advocating for policies that promote a just information
The ICT Policy Monitor project goals and objectives are implemented
in a similar way to related APC internet rights projects already
underway in Latin America and Europe, to build civil society
awareness of ICT policy issues in the context of other basic
human rights, and to provide a means to monitor and engage ICT
policy issues in the interests of social justice and human development.
The objectives of the ICT Policy Monitor in Africa
- To develop an information resource for civil society
organisations that wish to be active in ICT policy.
This involves researching and analysing ICT policy
from a civil society perspective including running and updating
the monitor websites as a clearinghouse for relevant information.
The product team also produces a regular newsletter (Chakula)
to disseminate this information.
- To raise awareness in civil society organisation
of ICT policy issues.
This includes actively seeking out civil society
organisations (in non-ICT fields) and creating awareness on
ICTs and their work as well as running email lists for discussion
on these issues and making interventions in civil society
conferences and workshops to promote ICT policy issues.
- To empower civil society organisations (CSOs) to
develop ICT policy that meets their needs, and to encourage
them to lobby for an information society that builds social
justice and human rights, at national, regional and global
This work continued through publications using a
framework for CSO ICT policy and supporting CSOs to use it
and linking CSOs active in developing ICT policy. The project
team is also building a network of national ICT policy activists
to increase the impact at regional level and in the WSIS process.
The project team also works in collaboration with other organizations
and partnerships working on related project activities such
as running civil society training workshops on internet policy.
The APC is also the lead component implementer for the CATIA
project component 1C - Africa-Led Advocacy on ICT Policy Reform
- on ICT policy advocacy for a well-informed, lively and inclusive
policy debates across Africa, shaping the local policy environment.