Cresta Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia
These centres were set up as pilots with different methodologies and services: often seen as information kiosks with a mix of ICT tools such as radio, photocopier, telephone, fax and Internet connection, they sometimes focus on a specific service such as telemedicine or money transfer. They are thus not only a medium of communication but also a development enabler.
The organizers have conceived and designed the event as a breeding ground for new partnerships and collaborations. The workshop will serve as a platform for sharing experiences among participants and will take stock of the results and impacts of the Telecentre experiences to provide a framework for upscaling in a learning mode.
Some 50 participants will be invited including Telecentre managers from selected African countries, Telecentre and ICT4D specialists and key strategic partners from organizations supporting Telecentre initiatives in Africa and elsewhere in the developing countries.
The presentations and case studies during the workshop will focus on the following areas:
A number of cases of the ‘Practitioners Group’ thus will serve as the basis for the Workshop programme. These cases will bring a range of different guidelines, technologies, and practices that will be discussed in workshop sessions given below and from which the most appropriate solutions will be selected and further elaborated.
After the workshop, we hope that participants will have gained insight into the reasons for success and failure of rural Telecentres and acquired knowledge on how to design and set up sustainable Telecentres in Africa. We also expect, using different formats (including video), to publish a guide on how to set-up sustainable rural Telecentres.
The information provision on workshop themes will continue through a dedicated website of SATNET on the sustainability of Telecentres in Southern Africa. This website will link up with existing platforms on Telecentres.
The partners involved in this initiative will share the results of the workshop and where possible introduce appropriate technology, services or business models. In this context, CTA is prepared to collaborate with institutions interested to launch pilot Telecentre projects in a African countries.
Updates on the event and announcements will be posted on
A. Koda Traore
On behalf of the Conference Steering Committee
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