The great task ahead

‘The job of developing rural ICT policy in Africa is too important, too urgent and too big to be left to governments.’ Edmund Katiti, NEPAD e-Africa Programme.


Partners in policy development

‘ICTs can help a country achieve their goals – as long as there is committed participation from all the partners and sectors of society, including rural communities.’ Makane Faye of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


Strategic online communication

Web 2.0 tools can help researchers, organisations and individuals develop a communication strategy to deliver evidence to policy makers and influence debates.

Tech Talk

Technology takes care of business

‘The most useful thing about social networking is that it has enabled me get in touch with old friends, schoolmates and, most importantly, business associates.’ Rop Kiplagat, software developer, Kenya



A service to the community..

A Kenyan resource centre uses ICTs to gather and share agricultural information...

Making the marketplace mobile..

With internet and SMS TradeNet allows rural farmers to advertise their merchandise to an international market and find the fairest price for their crops....

A social alliance..

Forest Connect works in 12 countries to link small-scale forestry enterprises, and helps them to gather and deliver information using ICTs....

Input through data..

Since 2002, the SEND Foundation has been monitoring Ghana’s poverty reduction strategy, and researching whether the country’s poor have been benefitting from th.....

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FEATURED Theme: Issue no. 67 - ICT innovation

Cooperation for development..

The spirit of sharing is at the heart of the many new technology hubs that have opened in ACP countries in recent years. In Zambia, BongoHive encourages industry......

A bridge between farmers an.....

Kenyan farmer, Zack Matere, searches the web for useful agricultural information, then posts it on notice boards around his community helping other producers to i......

Track your cow’s development..

A mobile phone application tracks each cow to inform the farmer about periods in gestation, feeding, milking and disease control....

A simple exchange system..

Next2’s SMS service in Kenya and Nigeria lets farmers share local knowledge, expertise and experiences with each other, and with agricultural researchers....

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