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The role of information and communication technologies in the development of African women|Le rôle des technologies de l'Information et de la communication dans le développment des femmes africaines

RADLOFF, Jennifer
PRIMO, Natasha
MUNYUA, Alice
August 2004

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This paper presents the findings of a study commissioned by the Association for Progessive Communications on the role of ICTs in empowering women in Africa. It provides examples of good practice and includes recommendations to civil society organisations on how to create an enabling environment for women to access and use ICTs for development. The crucial link between understanding the gender dimensions of the information society - in terms of what women's needs are and a thorough understanding of conditions of access, policies - and the potential ICTs have of boosting the economic, political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality is explored. An extensive resource list and examples of successful initiatives form the field are included in appendices

Gender issues in the use of computers in education in Africa

IMFUNDO PARTNERSHIP FOR IT IN EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
2004

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This report reviews the gender issues in the use of computers in education. Equal access to information technology is key to gender equality and poverty elimination. This study provides a gender analysis of computers in schools and adult education and concludes with some useful guidelines for policy making and planning

A review of good practice in ICT and special educational needs for Africa

IMFUNDO PARTNERSHIP FOR IT IN EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)
2004

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This study focuses on the use of ICT in education and in particular to support special education needs in Africa. Assistive technology can do much to help hearing and vision impaired and children with general learning disabilities. The study includes some non-African approaches that could be easily applied to the African context and looks into the African experience in some detail

Information and communication technology : poverty and development in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia

PIGATO, Miria
2001

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This lengthy report examines the patterns of utilization, ownership and affordability of ICT in these two regions. It also discusses the application of ICT to the poor by the private sector, government and NGOs. The paper notes the significant gap between industrialized countries and these two regions and two internal gaps - between the richest and poorest and between the urban and rural areas. It also notes several principles for ICT use to alleviate poverty.

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