Tigwilizane Women’s Foundation TeleCentre (Zambia)

The Tigwilizane Women’s Foundation TeleCentre in Chipata (Zambia) was established as an initiative of a team of Zambian women (led by Mrs. Dorothy Tembo) who had a desire to provide a one stop business centre for the rural community of Chipata. From the onset it is important to state that the Centre was provided as an income-generating venture to assist the Foundation achieve its primary goal of providing information to rural communities and empowering women and children within its area of jurisdiction.

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The Zambia telecentre workshop establishes and endorses a national telecentre network

by Dean Mulozi, SATNET, Zambia 

Zambia, with a growing need for ICT universal access, challenges of power and ICT infrastructure particularly to its rural populace, joins the telecentre community around the world through the formation of a national telecentre network.  Current statistics indicate that only about 30% of the population has access to voice communications and 18,000 to internet services.

inauguration The national telecentre development workshop was held from 14th to 17th December 2009 and brought in twenty five (25) telecentre practitioners, managers and ICT led organizations from rural and urban Zambia.They met at Lusaka’s Andrews Motel, 10 kms from city center, to deliberate key challenges affecting the telecentre movement and plan the way forward for overall integration of ICTs in development and telecentre network development.

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The role of ICTs in Agriculture Development Regional Media Forum: Special focus on community telecentres (Southern Africa)

About SATNET

Southern Africa Telecentre Network is a regional ICT civil society organization whose main objective is to improve livelihoods of local communities in southern Africa through the use of ICTs and telecentres respectively. SATNET facilitates knowledge sharing and information exchange among telecentres and networks in southern Africa. SATNET has a mandate to provide capacity development to community based telecentres and respective national telecentre networks in countries of Southern Africa. SATNET was established in 2007 and later registered in 2009 as a regional international organization.
Website: www.satnetwork.org

THE EVENT - The role of ICTs in agriculture development regional Media Forum

Special focus on community telecentres ( Southern Africa), takes place on 13th October, 2011, at Cresta View Hotel, Lusaka Zambia. The event will be hosted by SATNET and PANOS. Below is a detailed description of the event.

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Access to Information at the door steps; the story of Nteletsa 2 Telecentres in Botswana

Introduction: The blog is a collection in a series which are part of the Study Tour which Zambia Telecentre Network selected team of Four undertook to Botswana in August,2011,with support from Southern Africa Telecentre Network to learn and exchange the use of ICTs in the country and its connection to livestock and agriculture.

Nteletsa is a Tseswana word that means ‘call me’. The Telecentres are deployed as a public private partnership project between the Ministry of Technology and Communication and Mobile phone network operators in Botswana. This initiative is part of the government’s effort to achieve rural access to information as part of the universal access agenda.

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ICTs and Agricultural information service delivery – Experiences in rural Zambia

by Darlington Kahilu

In its 2002 information and communication technology strategy paper, the World Bank defines information and communication technologies (ICTs) as hardware, software, networks and media for collection, storage, processing, transmission and presentation of information in the formats of voice, data, text and images.
ICTs have contributed to the development of the agricultural sector for many years. however, the use of ICTs in the sector have remained low, especially among the small scale farmers for obvious reasons such as non availability, non accessibility, cost implications and infrastructure limitations, particularly in rural areas. The rapid advancement in ICTs and introduction of new products on the market presents great opportunities for use of ICTs in the agricultural sector. Countries that have embraced ICTs have become more efficient in agricultural production and marketing.

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