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Enhancing ICTs Access

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. The experiences were shared via other mediums including Ecoforum magazine, websites and local newsletters such as CDRA news published in Ethiopia, MTCEA News published in Uganda and WAZA published in Tanzania.


World Summit on the 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).

 

Activities

 

Outputs

Research, documentation and collation of existing information:

  1. Collecting stories of successful and replicable ICT initiatives especially the ones that have directly benefited the poor to form a best practices database.
  2. Preparation of materials on the Caucus and its activities to disseminate during the sub-regional workshop and the PrepCom III.
  1. Booklet on ICT, ICT Policy and WSIS process
  2. Database of ICT actors and best practices on WSIS website 

Kenyan CSO ICT Policy Workshop

  1. The purpose of the workshop was to create awareness on ICTs and the information society, train participants on ICT policy and enable them to develop recommendations to the Kenyan ICT policy and at WSIS
  1. Awareness creation on importance of ICTs, ICT policy, the WSIS process
  2. More CSOs joined the Caucus for more impact
  3. Formation of strategic partnerships and linkages among the civil society organisations in matters related to ICTs.

National ICT Policy and WSIS Workshop:

  1. This brought together experts and organizations in addressing national ICT policy issues and Kenyan priorities at the WSIS in December 2003.
  1. Coordination and participation of the Kenyan delegate at the WSIS
  2. Creation of a partnership between the government, CSOs, Private sector and the grassroots communities to ensure there is balance in terms of gender, geographical and interest groups representation.
  3. A comprehensive and inclusive ICT policy formulation and implementation structure involving the government, private sector, CSOs and CBOs.

Sub-Regional Workshop

  1. This brought together CSOs and other stakeholders from the region, to update each other on the progress in each country in regards to national ICT policies and WSIS process. The workshop will identify regional priorities for the four countries in relation to the information society.

 

  1. Lessons and Information shared on ICT policies in the four countries
  2. Coordinating of the Eastern African region’s participation at the Caucus.