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The workshop has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), HIVOS and the Open Society Institute (OSI).


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network of civil society organizations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals through the strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially Internet-related technologies. APC and its members pioneer practical and relevant uses of ICTs for civil society, especially in developing countries. APC is an international facilitator of civil society's engagement with ICTs and related concerns, in both policy and practice. Our network of members and partners spans the globe, with presence in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.



The Africa ICT Policy monitor website, launched in May 2002, is a user-friendly resource which aims at demystifying the concepts of ICT policy-making. APC hopes that the Website content will stimulate discussion between users from around the continent about the use and relevance of ICTs for development in Africa, and facilitate the development of a network of civil society organisations promoting African Internet rights issues.

Africa ICT Policy Website:


ARTICLE 19 works to promote, protect and fulfil freedom of expression, including access to information and to the means of communication. We do this through advocacy, campaigns, research, litigation and the building of partnerships. We engage global, regional, state institutions and the private sector in critical dialogue and hold them accountable for the implementation of international standards. The Africa Centre for Free Expression is the African Office of ARTICLE 19 based in Johannesburg, we believe that democracy and social justice are promoted and protected through the full exercise of the right to freedom of expression, including access to information and to the means of communication.



The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is the regional arm of the United Nations, mandated to support the economic and social development of its 53 member States, foster regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. The Commission is a key pioneer in the area of ICT for development over the last 25 years. ECA is an implementing agency for the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) - an action framework for bridging the African digital divide that was adopted by the conference of ministers of planning and economic development in 1996 and endorsed by African Heads of State. AISI's major activities and objectives include the development of national ICT policies and strategies, and building Africa's information and communication infrastructure and capacity involving all major stakeholders.