For over 25 years, CTA has had a well-deserved reputation for collaboration with ACP governments, public and private sector bodies and civil society representatives in the course of implementing the mandate set out for it under the Cotonou agreement. In this respect, the Centre has successfully developed pragmatic and fruitful working relationships with the major development agencies operating in the areas of information and communication management (ICM) and agricultural and rural development. Therefore, one of the main Centres’ strategies consists in building its intervention on existing initiatives especially those promoting local knowledge and practices.
InfoBridge foundation (IBF) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2002 in the Netherlands for fostering public-domain information sharing for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. IBF supports the InfoBridge Partnership, a multi-stakeholder framework for sharing information on projects, good practices, experts and partner organisations and manages a web-based repository and interaction tools and provides training to partner organisations and networks. IBF is actively involved in ICT4D initiatives in Africa and Asia to set up information and service centres in rural areas and is promoting shared open-access information resources that can be used by rural Telecentres and intermediary organisations to provide multimedia information on questions and requests by local communities so that they can solve problems they face in their livelihoods.
Zambia Association for the Advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ZAA-ICT) Zambia – (Local Organizing Committee)
ZAA-ICT is an Zambian NGO aimed at enhancing use of ICT for development especially by fostering sustainable Telecentres and works together with partners in Zambia and outside that are active in the area of ICT and Telecentres. ZAA-ICT also spearheads the thematic group on Rural Access of e-Brain, a national not-for-profit organisation whose overriding objective is to develop a common knowledge sharing community on the use of ICTs to foster social and economic development and ZAA-ICT has carried out several studies on national ICT and Telecentre activities in Zambia.
This is a community of people and organizations committed increasing the social and economic impact of telecentres around the world.
They work together to create the resources telecentres need to succeed:
- Locally relevant content and services
- Support and learning opportunities
- Networks that help telecentre activists connect to each other.
With these things in hand, tens of thousands of telecentres will be in a better position to enrich the communities they serve.
The telecentre.org community includes grassroots activists, national telecentre networks, content and service providers, governments, and organizations which fund telecentre activities. Initial efforts to convene and resource this community were led by a consortium of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Microsoft, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). These partners continue to invest in the efforts described above.
IICD assists developing countries to realise locally owned sustainable development by harnessing the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). IICD realises its mission through two strategic approaches. First, Country Programmes bring local organisations together and help them to formulate and execute ICT-supported development policies and projects. The approach aims to strengthen local institutional capacities to develop and manage Country Programmes, which are currently being implemented in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ghana, Jamaica, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Second, Thematic Networking links country and international partners working in similar areas, connecting local knowledge with global knowledge and promoting South-South and South-North exchanges. Thematic Networking focuses on sectors like education, health, governance, environment, livelihood opportunities - especially agriculture - and overarching issues such as training and evaluation.