Community Networks

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.  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.

VSAT in Nigeria
VSAT in Nigeria

Goal

To contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries.

Methods

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

Project Vision

All people, irrespective of class, identity, gender or disability, or where they live, have affordable and meaningful access and use of the internet.

Policy Coordinator

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Regional Coordinator

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Ongoing Causes

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. Integrate gender analysis into all aspects of project implementation and support women’s participation in community-based connectivity initiatives .

Objective 1

Strengthen the community networks movement through grant support, peer learning and capacity building.

 

12 CNs supported

Objective 2

Enable the establishment of new community networks through awareness-raising and movement building

 

5 CNs initiated

Objective 3

Support innovative technology use and approaches that enable the scaling and sustainability of community networks.

 

15 CNs supported

Objective 4

Contribute to enabling policy and regulatory environment for local access at national, regional, and global levels.

 

6 Policy Interventions

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