World famous Senegalese musician, Youssour N'dour has founded an organization called Brima to help small business start ups and support emerging musicians and artists - particularly women and youth. ¬†
When Bob Dylan was singing about the times changing, I doubt he had in
mind a Maasai Moran or a Turkana pastoralist in full traditional
regalia negotiating the price of cattle on the international market
with a mobile phone in some distant arid landscape.
Social Networking for African Organizations
Welcome to our online community for African civil society, designed to empower African organizations and their allies to SHOWCASE, CONNECT and LEARN. This is all about creating horizontal linkages among organizations that might otherwise have been impossible, on the local, city, national and regional levels. It is about knowing how best to use the Internet and related communications tools in pursuit of an organizational mission.
With the generous support of the Hurford Foundation, Kabissa is carrying out a pilot project this year to explore ways to extend the benefits of our Time To Get Online training program with more Kabissa members through E-Learning. E-learning, courses conducted mainly over the Internet and/or on a computer, can give a tremendous boost to African organizations seeking to make more effective use of ICT. The two e-learning courses we developed and are piloting, in response to a poll of our members, are:
- Running an Online Course
- Emerging technologies
The first course was run via two Google Groups itself and has been completed successfully by two sets of participants, one in East Africa and the other in Nigeria. The second will be provided as a self-paced online course via our new online community site. A full report on the outcomes of the pilot project will be published in January. In the meantime, the executive summary of our proposal to the Hurford Foundation is published below.
Kabissa member Human Rights and Justice Group International (HRJGI) will hold an online training certificate course in "Project Development and Management, including from a Gender Perspective" from July 9 to August 31, 2007. The program is designed to equip participants with skills for better management of community based development programmes. This course will further provide the participants with a concrete 'step-by-step' approach including hints and guidelines for developing and implementing a successful project from a gender based perspective in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
The initiative was born when world traveller Jon Rawlinson met up with Melody Jenkins who serves as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nata. ?¢‚Ç¨?ìBoth were frustrated with the fact that enormous amounts of money are pouring into Africa yet little money is getting to the village level and to those who need it most.?¢‚Ç¨¬ù Jon made three visits to Nata and filmed a documentary about HIV/AIDS in the village. The documentary led the way to the website.
The website shows the Nata Clinic, featuring PLWA?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s, village life, youth groups, the Kgosi?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s (chiefs) and the professionals involved in the fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. The site hopes to profile the specific needs of the village and give its visitors an opportunity to help.