Worldspace radios for marginalized communities

ALIN was among the pioneer organizations to use the Worldspace technology in 2000. In the year 2001, ALIN with financial support from the Ford Foundation, piloted the use of Worldspace radios as an alternative medium to information access and dissemination to marginalized communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. During this period 15 Worldspace radios were placed at partner organizations and community development workers trained on operations. In 2006, ALIN had placed over 60 radios in the region enhancing community’s access to appropriate information to improve their livelihoods.
Communities were trained on downloading information and generating local content for up-linking to the Worldspace satellite. ALIN also facilitated experiences sharing using the technology through workshops, open days, demonstrations and supported First Voice International (FVI) in developing a training manual.

World Summit on Information Society

ALIN was one of the lead agencies during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process and was instrumental in the formation of the Kenya Civil Society Caucus. The Caucus was a consortium of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Kenya working towards the realization of an all inclusive information society in Kenya. The caucus originated from an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Policy and Civil Society in Africa workshop organized by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa – Ethiopia, November 2002. During the workshop, the East Africa Regional Group met and the major outcome of the meeting was the formation of the East Africa Civil Society WSIS Caucus.

The founding members of the Caucus other than ALIN included ABANTU for Development, African Centre for Women in ICTs (ACWICT), African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Economic Development Centre (ECODEV), Shelter Forum, Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG), ITAC Consulting, Circuits and Packets Communications Limited, Kenya Information Society (KIS) and Slum Information Development and Resource Centre (SIDAREC).