Activities within the TelecentresAfrica programme will be implemented under three themes:
1. Increase awareness and networking through various channels
The CTA TelecentresAfrica programme will support the global telecentre movement initiatives especially through Telecentre.org and others in promoting the empowerment of local communities to better use ICTs. In this regard, the project will contribute to identifying the key development agenda link to agricultural and rural development sector, and will use the most appropriate platforms and tools to bring local community development issues to the debate. Choices for the policy agenda will be made in dialogue with key partners and stakeholders. Policy support may be provided through conferences bringing together thematic expertise at regional or global level, the collection of policy documents and the provision of information to support regional and national telecentre stakeholders.
2. Increased access to relevant content and appropriate channels
The project will extensively use the CTA publications programme to provide content to the telecentre movement through Telecentre.org and African regional platforms such as SATNET, UGABYTES etc. In addition and where necessary, CTA will dedicate resources to develop new publications. The development of these publications will require the full participation of telecentre practitioners.
3. Strengthen institutional and staff capacities of Telecentre initiatives in Africa The selection of the centres to be supported will consider several criteria amongst which their ability to integrate the sustainability factors identified during the study phase of the project. The Centres to be supported should also be part of wider national or regional ICTs development plans rather than experimenting once more pilot initiatives. This support will be provided through the the provision of targeted documentation, training in content management, technical maintenance, ICT use and telecentre management as as a private company with social objectives.
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