Research Reports on the Participation of Civil Society in National ICT Policy-Making in Africa Now Available!

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Senegal Benin: English >> (PDF) French >> (PDF)

Title: Civil Society and National ICT Policy in Benin
Author(s): Ken Lohento
Publish date: April 2003

Summary: With a current population of about six million people, Benin has a poorly developed telecommunication infrastructure in spite of being connected to the Internet since 1995. There are few civil society organizations and most work primarily in "traditional" areas of health, education, human rights and rural development. A few have recently began work in the area of ICTs.

This report examines ICT policy and regulation and the role of CSOs active in this field. The report also describes the current state of the ICT sector and the impact that this has on the work of CSOs. It concludes with some recommendations on how CSOs can play an active role in the formulation and regulation of ICT Policies.

EthiopiaCameroon: English >> (PDF)

Title: Building the Future: Civil Society's Contribution Towards the Emergence of the Information Society in Cameroon
Author(s): Olivier Nzepa Nana
Publish date: May 2003

Summary: Cameroon has fewer than two hundred registered NGOs, and few of these organizations are active in the ICTs sector. This situation is changing rapidly mostly because of awareness-raising on the importance and role of ICTs in development. The emergence of an information and communication sector in Cameroon has brought forward various debates regarding the formulation and strategies for the implementation of ICT policies.

This report describes a partnership building process between the Cameroonian government, private sector and CSOs in an effort to build the ICT sector in response to government’s perceived failure to do so. The report covers the context of the emerging information society in Cameroon and the inadequacy of the current ICT policy framework. It emphasizes the role of civil society in the formulation of national ICT policy and strategies and the creation of an enabling environment for ICT sector growth. The report concludes with an articulation of civil society’s capabilities in mobilization and intervening in ICT issues in Cameroon.

Kenya Egypt: English >> (PDF)

Title: Egypt ICT and Civil Society Country Report
Author(s): Leila Hassanin
Publish date: April 2003

Summary: Egypt’s CSO sector is active and far reaching, however despite the increase in the number of users, and the fact that Internet policy and regulation is becoming an issue, although only a tiny minority of activists work in this area. Recent lobbying on the newest communication bill is an encouraging sign that representatives of civil society are waking up to the fact that civil society much stake a claim in ICT policy formulation processes.

This report describes ICT infrastructure, policy and regulatory developments in Egypt, and notes the activities of civil society organizations in responding to ICT policies

Senegal Senegal: French >> (PDF, 320 KB)  English >> (PDF, 315 KB)

Title: Participation of Senegalese civil society in the formulation of ICT policies
Author(s): Marie-Hélène Mottin-Sylla
Publish date: November 2002

Summary: This study describes the policies, strategies and actions instituted by the relevant stakeholders (public institutions, private and international players) and analyses the participation of local civil society organisations (CSOs), in order to propose a draft plan of action whose aim is to strengthen participation in formulating and supervising ICT policy implementation.

EthiopiaEthiopia: English >> (PDF, 433 KB)

Title: Fostering the Capacities of the Ethiopia Civil Society to Influence ICT Policies
Author(s): Lishan Adam
Publish date: November 2002

Summary: This paper presents the case of civil society organizations in Ethiopia and discusses how their involvement in ICT policy process can be improved. Although recent initiatives by the Federal Government in modernizing its ICT policies and the opening up the telecommunication sector present windows of opportunities for the civil society to participate in the policy process, the inherent weakness of the civil society due to the spread of its efforts along dozens priorities aimed at responding to the on-going social and economic crisis in the country makes the participation in ICT policy process rather difficult. The weakness of formal institutions and the uncertainties that characterize public policy making in the country have also a considerable impact on the participation of the civil society in policy processes and policy implementation.

Kenya Kenya: English >> (PDF, 133 KB)

Title: ICT Policy and Civil Society in Kenya
Author(s): Mureithi Muriuki
Publish date: October 2002

Summary: This study documents the role of civil society in the development of ICTs in Kenya and also. Captures the applications and exploitation of ICTs by the civil society to achieve its development mission and the challenge it faces.




Title: State of Free and Open Source Software in Africa
Author(s): FOSSFA
Publish date: June 2003


In the face of rapidly changing technological advancement, and the exorbitant cost of proprietary hardware and software solutions, which discriminate against Africa in attempting to participate in (Information and Communications Technologies) ICTs for development, the need for open source solutions has emerged.

There is a global trend toward open source solutions, which have become viable, cost effective and sustainable options for Africa’s participation in ICTs for development.

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Title: HIV/AIDS, Information and Communication in Africa
Author(s): Lisa Forman
Publish date: July 2003


More effective communication about the disease, and greater flows of information are central to the success of AIDS strategies, and for reducing the vulnerability that flows to and from HIV infection. Information and communication are sources of power in an epidemic characterized by its lack—they confer the power to protect against infection, to influence decision makers, and to live lives of dignity and equality once infected. In a region often characterized by resource limitations and fragmented infrastructures, information and communication are two of the most critical and abundant resources available in the fight against HIV/AIDS. They are both the prerequisites and enablers of an effective response.

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