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Draft Action Plan

Regional mobilizers:

1. WEST AFRICA: Habib Sy is an overall regional coordinator Tunji and Wangonet will be the regional coordinators for English ENDA and CRISP - French speaking countries

2. EAST AFRICA: Johnson Nkuuhe:; Leopold Rweyemamu: and Catherine Njuguna:

3. SOUTHERN AFRICA: The Partnership and Brenda Burrell from Kubutana will coordinate

All organizations will send about 50 names and contact details of other organizations around

Habib Sy - Publication of a compendium of organizations in ICTs in Africa.

In 6/12 months APC Africa site will be trilingual

1. Infrastructure and Finance; enabling policy and regulatory frameworks


a) Ensure that the African Commission Declaration on Expression and the African Charter on Broadcasting as a basis for future policy discussion and advocacy is endorsed by the WSIS and that this issue is included in the African caucus agenda.

b) Distribute copies of the above documents and inform CSOs about their relevance and use in partnership with regional partners.

c) Recalling that the ITU have sent a letter to government delegations encouraging civil society support, these documents should be used at a national level. Further, collaborate with government delegations during the WSIS process, Fatou will send out letters to civil society organizations informing them about their options. Around WSIS, participants will contact and arrange meetings with national delegations in order to discuss their participation and inform and request information from the partnership about where their needs lie.

d) Compile a comprehensive list of all media laws around the continent and expose governments that do not support the principals of freedom of expression. Article19 will be the focal point for this project.

e) Article 19 will coordinate the compilation of all ICT laws in Africa and download information to send to the APC by March. The material will be published by the APC on

f) Lobby for States to ensure that all businesses operating in the field of ICT infrastructural development be required to deliver services and infrastructure to under and not served areas including marginalized and vulnerable groups.

g) Lobby for all regulation and legislation to make adjustments in order to meet the needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups such as women, the illiterate, the economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, people living in rural areas.

h) Civil society organizations in each country should gather knowledge about the policy processes, hold meetings to discuss policy position and then lobby governments to adopt and implement fair policy processes in relation to ICT.

Who is going to do what? Article 19, APC in partnership with regional partners and members

2. Information Security, applications development (open source promoting small business health and education)

Activities: Creation of a civil society taskforce on open source Open Source Task Force for Africa (OSTA) and the following related actions:

a) Advocate for the use and implementation of open source solutions at the regional, national and local level

b) Advocacy to donor governments that have already embraced open source at national levels (such as Germany, Sweden, Norway and France)

c) Creation of a clearinghouse or knowledge factory resources, database of local expertise, website, CD-ROM, brochures etc.

d) Definition of minimum standards, guidelines and advisory parameters for the foundation

e) Building localized/Africanized capacity to work on software development f) Ensure a discourse on open source during the NICI processes and addendum for the NICI processes that have already been completed.

Who is going to do what?

  • Establish the committee of Open Source members by December 2002 members of the working group working as a network: Joris Komen Tunji Lardner Bildad Kagai Abil Thompson Idre Osman Ahmed Djibouti Gideon Hayford Chonia
  • Recommendation for the creation of the Open Society for Africa Foundation by the Pre/Com February 2003 - Members of the above working group
  • Avail a resource document (via by January 2003 for distribution to members geared towards the forum in Geneva 2003 -To be done by Bildad Kagai

3. Barrier to information society access to language culture and diversity content and language issues


a) Conduct an audit and establish a database of African ICT policy expertise.

b) Bush Radio will develop a template for broadcasting to be shared by community media practitioners including those with no access to advanced technologies;

c) In partnership with research institutions, develop human language technologies (such as voice-enabled technologies for people with disabilities)

d) Explore funding and strengthen Youth participation in the world forum, and include young African women.

e) Repackage content (e.g. on CD-ROM) taking into consideration the diversity inherent in African communities (literacy issues and so on).

f) Lobby for legislation that recognizes community radio as a third sector.

4. Role of government UN bodies, private sector and CSO and Capacity Building


a) Awareness building on ICT Policies, the Summit by targeting CSOs and Government policy makers, private sector. Conduct Socio-economic impact of ICTs.

b) Engage in advocacy activities that establish links with local ICT sector and identify specific partners and who to target. Draw up MOUs for Head of State/MPs, others especially Foreign Affairs, ICT CSOs and ICT Departments and regulatory bodies

c) Build strategic alliances with relevant ICT private sector, government officials such as MPs, Agencies, Regulatory Bodies, Use of CPOs Academia, Students and Religious Leaders.

Who is going to do what?


When? December 2002- November 2003

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).