Monday, September 22, 2008

Web sites as tools for development & social justice

I've been asked to be part of a panel for the upcoming third SANGONeT NGO Web awards. The awards form part of SANGONeTs work, which centres on promoting the strategic use of ICT in the South African development sector.

"The focus on the awards is beyond the technical and design aspects of a website, but rather we are interested in how a website as a tool is working for development and social justice," the organisation says.

For more information about the 2008 NGO Web Awards , visit the SANGONeT web site. The closing date for entries is the 30 September.


Unknown said...

my question for awhile has been how do we get the internet to our communities that cant afford it? i been messing with the idea of getting kids to write there stories/ideas etc down on paper and i upload it for them cos there is no internet for these youth that needs to be exposed to it.there has been talk and development of the internet in south africa but none of it goes to our communities that needs this tool of education

Damaria Senne said...

Rush, we should really talk more closely, because I have a very keen interest in the use of tech as a dev/ed tool for children/youth.That may include publishing their stories online ( I have a blog where As a storyteller, it means helping these children get their stories online, and operationally it's no schlepp loading the stories onto my blog. The only challenge is sourcing them, making the selections and editing, and the fact that I already have a hectic schedule doing my own work/earning a living.
I am also aware of a number of NGOs that work with young people / girls, so something is getting done.
Interestingly, this past Friday I actually had a conversation with an organisation that would like to use ICTs as a tool to meet its own development goals, and their target audience include youth.
Whatever they end up deciding to do, it will be on a large, national scale, and I am confident that they will have big impact in providing useful content to young people and engaging them, as they have a very good track record in their field.

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