The African Civil Society Caucus was formed through joint efforts of civil society organisations present at the first Preparatory committee meeting (PrepCom1) of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and through various online discussions and physical meetings. The aim of the Caucus is to strengthen African civil society’s capacity to ensure African perspectives on the information society are articulated in the WSIS process.

Key Issues:

Enabling environment, freedom of expression, universal and affordable access, gender equity, sustainable development, cultural and linguistic diversity, democratic governance, capacity building and global social justice.

Open and inclusive platform:

The Caucus is an open platform and invites all individuals and organizations in or with interest in Africa to participate. Interactions of the caucus take place through online discussions and physical meetings are constituted whenever possible. A steering committee has been formed during prepcom 2 of the WSIS in Geneva in February 2003.

Contact and participation:

The list address is:
African Information Society Initiative - Discussion Forum

[aisi-l@lyris.bellanet.org]
http://www.bellanet.org/lyris/helper/index.cfm?fuseaction=Visit&listname=aisi-l

WSIS-CS.ORG Domain:

As per discussions and subsequent agreement during the final civil cociety plenary in Geneva on Feb 28th, the wsis-cs.org domain was created as a space for the establishment of lists to discuss and share information between PrepComs and the Summit.

All regional and thematic caucuses are invited to use this domain, if they wish, for the creation of mailing lists to facilitate their work. In addition, lists have, or will be created for use by the Civil Society Plenary, the Civil Society Bureau and the Civil Society Content and themes group.

Subsequently a mailing list has been created for the Africa Civil Society Caucus <africa@wsis-cs.org> to faccilitate information sharing and communications on WSIS. You are all now urged to join this mailing list and use this as a central space for WSIS related issues.

http://mailman.greennet.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/africa

List of Member Organisations: (work in progress)

Association of Progressive Communications (APC)
APC African Women (AAW)
African Women’s Development and Communication network (FEMNET)
AMARC Africa and AMARC Women’s Network (AMARC Africa WIN)
ARTICLE 19
Association Tunisienne de la Communication
ABANTU for Development
Africa Community publishing & development Trust
Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)
WomensNet
ANAIS-AC
Digital Information Technology in Africa (DIGIT Africa)

Arid Lands Information Network (EA)
Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)
National Community Radio Forum (NCRF)
Association of Progressive Communications – Africa Women
Media Institute of Southern Africa
Advisory Network for African Information Society
Southern African Communications for Development (SACOD)
Association Tunisienne de la Communication
Radio Mozambique
Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)
Africa Community Publishing & Development Trust
Fantsuam Foundation
Africa Internet Service Providers Association (AfrISPA)
Penplusbytes
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
African Youth Initiative
OneWorld Africa
Indigo Women Links
DevNet
WANGONeT (West African NGO Network)
African Century
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)
NTIC au Bénin et en Afrique
Oridev
African Centre for Women, Information and Communication
Technology (ACWICT)
Panos Institute West Africa
Institut Panos Afrique de l'Ouest le Conseil de Coordination demande d'ajouter
Promoculture/Centre Africain d’echange Culturel
Bush Radio
Women Economic Empowerment Action (WEEMA)