Community Networks

Solar panels at the BOSCO Community Network.

This Local Area Network (LOCNET) project is a collaboration between APC and KICTANet to support Community Networks within Africa. This project aims to contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It focuses on 12 locally managed community networks in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (four per region) to strengthen their impact, reach, and sustainability. This group of community networks forms the core of a peer community that can connect and broaden support for community-based connectivity initiatives, both nationally, regionally, and internationally.

The project aims to achieve its objectives through peer learning and exchange, awareness-raising and capacity building, scalable innovative and sustainable networks and contributing to the development of an enabling policy and regulatory environment. The project adopts human rights-based and gender equality approaches, with a special emphasis on women-led initiatives and integration of a gender perspective at all levels of project conceptualisation, planning, and implementation. In addition, an ecosystem approach that integrates participation and ownership of project participants will be used to ensure sustainability beyond the life of the project.

Vision: The project’s vision is expressed by APC’s first key result area: All people, irrespective of class, identity, gender or disability, or where they live, have affordable and meaningful access and use of the internet.

Goal: The goal of this project is to contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries.

  • Objective 1. Strengthen the community networks movement through grant support, peer learning and capacity building.
  • Objective 2. Enable the establishment of new community networks through awareness-raising and movement building.
  • Objective 3. Support innovative technology use and approaches that enable the scaling and sustainability of community networks.
  • Objective 4. Contribute to enabling policy and regulatory environment for local access at national, regional, and global levels.
  • Objective 5. Integrate gender analysis into all aspects of project implementation and support women’s participation in community-based connectivity initiatives (cross-cutting objective).

This project has produced several blogs available here.

The project has also initiated the Kilifi and Bungoma Community Networks that are still under development.

The reports produced for the LOCNET project will also be available on the KICTANet website.

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