The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource offering researchers and opinion leaders a forum to share their insights on Africa and publish their work on pressing areas of concern to policymakers and the public. It aims to fill the gap in accessibility to research and information on policy issues on the continent.
A key feature of the Africa Portal is the online library collection, holding over 2,500 books, journals and digital documents relating to African policy issues. The entire online repository is open access and available for free full-text download. A portion of the digital documents housed in the library have been digitised for the first time as an undertaking of the Africa Portal project.
The project is a collaborative undertaking between South African Institute of International Affairs SAIIA, the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada, and Makerere University in Uganda.
Spurred by Poncelet Ileleji’s (from YMCA The Gambia – we got to know him at ICTD2010) request if we can help him find a volunteer for their multimedia lab I looked through our jobs wiki site and updated it.
So here’s which people we are currently looking for:
- Volunteer for YMCA computer lab in The Gambia
- Web Designer
- Research on available grants
- Public relations person
- Conference coverage
- News tracking
- Wiki Editor
If you have these skills want to help us doing advocacy and projects in ICT4D we’re happy to have you in our team!
I also looked through our projects and again, here’s the current list:
- Zanzicode Business Incubator
- addICT film project
- Social Business Forge
- Hello Africa
- Media Work
- Images FOR Africa Flickr Group
- Theses and Papers
- True Austria
For any questions, suggestions or inquiries about them or the jobs, please contact us.
Our partner the eDevelopment Thematic Group of the World Bank is coming up with an event on Mobile Applications: Case Studies and Business Model Analysis.
From the event page:
This global event will connect specialists and practitioners from countries across four regions to share the latest World Bank study on the use of mobile applications for the health sector and the agriculture and rural development sector. A 90-minute session is scheduled for each sector.
Case studies from Haiti, India, Kenya, The Philippines and Sri Lanka will be presented.
The date for the event is Thursday, January 21 from 8:00 to 11:15 a.m. Washington time.
After all the new years celebrations and post-ICTD2010 work, here’s some news on our Zanzicode projects.
Since the end of last year the new course with twelve new students is running. They are introduced on the Zanzicode blog with a picture and a statement. My favourite one here by Aboud:
I hope to be able to learn this technology that moves the world to another stage.
Well, let’s hope it moves at least the career possibilities of our students to another stage. Of course we are looking forward to learn about their progress and wish Salum, our teacher the best of luck.
Also our second course in Zanzibar, the Zanzicode Business Incubator which we have initiated together with Chembe Ventures has started with five participants. Martin and Salum are both teaching (and learning by doing) about web entrepreneurship in Zanzibar. After the course ideally the students will have created a business themselves and will be operating it. We’re curious how this will turn out.
If there’s an interested organisation out there which is active in Zanzibar and might achieve their goals better with IT we’d be happy to know more and maybe collaborate. Contact info can be found here.