Voices from Africa
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CTA. 2001. Voices from Africa. Spore 94. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Information and Communication Technologies Series: Voices from Africa, no 9. By the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) United Nations, Geneva, 2000. 119 pp. Free of charge
If you never had any doubts about the usefulness of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for local development, the latest issue of the series Voices from Africa, No. 9 might be the right book for you! It contains a dozen practical experiences with ICTs in Africa, presented by development practitioners. The essays give a good overview of the possibilities and shortcomings of the Internet in and for Africa. One example advocates ICTs as a chance to be seized by women, especially in regions where English is not a common language. Many African women regard ICTs as something futuristic rather than a useful tool that is already available. Another essay describes the possibilities ICTs can offer in combating poverty in Zambia. It relates how an umbrella NGO organises its internal communication, its contacts with member organisations and field offices and the provision of educational material and commodity information to the rural areas. ICT development in Africa still has a long way to go, but the experiences described and the publication will help to advance the cause. Information and Communication Technologies Series: Voices from Africa, no 9. By the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) United Nations, Geneva, 2000. 119 pp. Free of charge NGLS Palais des Nations, 1211- Geneva 10, Switzerland Fax: +41 22 917 00 49 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.unsystem.org/ngls