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Key lessons from the CICEWA project*

JOHANNESBURG  (Natasha Primo for APC) - More than a decade after the
telecommunications policy reform in many African countries, there
continues to be a deficit in universal affordable access to fixed
telecom infrastructure. This deficit severely limits the possibility of
information and communication technologies (ICTs) being used to foster
social and economic development, yet, the problem persists despite the
phenomenal increase in access to mobile telecom networks, and greatly
inhibits access to information and knowledge through the internet, which
still requires broadband connectivity through fixed networks. APC’s
Communication for Influence in Central, East and West Africa project
(CICEWA) project links advocacy, research, network-building and action
for regional ICT development – here is what the project has taught us.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/11704/

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*Policy change in Africa: Networks are key to communicating for influence*

PUERTO GALERA (LC for APCNews) - Two years ago, APC’s policy team led a
project that would help strengthen African civil society to advocate for
affordable broadband, adequate infrastructure, and in some cases,
universal access funds which help put in place the necessary systems to
achieve universal access to the internet. The Communication for
Influence in Central, East and West Africa, or CICEWA, initiative was
about identifying the political obstacles – what we called policy knots
to extending affordable access to ICT infrastructure in Africa – and to
advocate for their removal in order to create sound platforms for
sub-regional connectivity. As the project comes to an end, participants
reflect on their experience – the lessons learned, the challenges they
encountered and what they found most rewarding — through interviews with
APCNews.

http://www.apc.org/node/11706

source: CHAKULA Issue #21, March 2011

More ressources on CICEWA *

* Information about the project:  http://www.apc.org/en/node/3303/
* Individual country reports and country-specific articles highlight the
key issues and “policy knots” in each participating country:
http://www.apc.org/en/node/9321
* CICEWA evaluation report: http://www.apc.org/en/node/11262/
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