Approach to reduce poverty through the use of ICTs and knowledge sharing is becoming a priority among civil society organizations and development agencies through out the world. Local institutions with ICT tools e.g. Telecentres are increasingly becoming important institutional platforms for poverty reduction interventions particularly among rural communities around
However, like any other local institutions telecentres cannot sustainably exist without institutional or capacity support either from within countries or externally.
A number of regional and national telecentre groupings are emerging in Africa and
In southern African countries, community telecentres exist but remain uncoordinated. The example of Botswana Telecentre Network and Telecentre Association of South Africa (TASA) are examples that can be used and nurtured to benefit other countries in the region through a regional telecentre network. Telecentres and ICT based organizations in the region lack coordinated institutional platform through which information sharing opportunities and experiences can be fostered to benefit populations for development. National telecentre initiatives remain unsupported and lack regional and international linkages as well as capacity to scale up their activities and reach out to their communities.
Therefore, increasing need for regional coordination and an institutional network for development have become more paramount than before in southern
The Southern Africa telecentre Network (SATNET) is an emerging regional ICT initiative in the region that will provide opportunities for fostering information sharing and capacity building the work of telecentres and ICT4D in
SATNET was further endorsed by the International Sustainable Telecentre Africa workshop held in
SATNET existence is further justified by regional protocols such as