From 25 November to 10 December, get ready to click your mouse, flex your SMS fingers and engage full energy to take control of technology to end violence against women. APC's Women’s Programme calls on users of the radio, television, Internet, e-mails and mobile phones to Take Back the Tech!
Vodafone has recently launched a new version of Betavine, the open mobile application community. This new version encompasses a pilot project called "Social Exchange", which aims to foster the creation of mobile solutions for problems in the developing world.
The project’s aim is to create a website that brings developers, NGOs and community organisations together in order to develop mobile solutions to some of the difficulties faced by people in the developing world.
SANGONeT is currently compiling its 2010 Development Calendar, which will once again be produced in the form of a year planner.
The Calendar, to be released in December 2009, will cover a comprehensive list of international, African and South African dates (e.g. World AIDS Day, 1 December) of significance to people and organisations involved in development and civil society issues.
The session started with the facilitator (Laura Washington) defining what Youth meant to different individuals and organizations. Participants were asked to identify different ways of working with young people.
The room was full of eager movie watchers – those interested in the digital story methodology and those just needing a bit of down time. Neither got what they had hoped.
I started off with the stories of transgender men (or transmen – men who have changed their gender from female to male) and everyone was fundamentally challenged – either to defend themselves, sex and gender as a reality or do defend individual choice and identities.
When I agreed to be a rapporteur I didn’t anticipate that it would be challenging. Besides, how difficult could it be to just report what I had heard? This was certainly not the case. At the outset it was fascinating to learn how partners were working with rights in their contexts and. It was clear that this was not easy especially when partners hit deadlock when they tried to address any violations. Following the sessions along the “beyond access” thematic area proved to be both informative, enlightening and in some instances challenging.
This was my first experience to be involved in such challenging duty. I am used to be in conferences as a participants having to articulates and be involved in discussions. In saying that for me, this was a new experience having to document or capture discussions let alone of such big event.
Seating and listing to all the different reports on what each organisation is doing and also capturing the discussions having to summarise all that to give report back was quit challenging yet good Learning. It was challenging because I was never had such opportunity.
Many organisations are guided by welfare approach while providing their services. During the session: 'when is it welfare and when is it development'; it was interesting that there were arguments that organisations need to move from welfare approach towards development approach. However, we learnt a lesson that there is nothing wrong with welfare approach.
Coming to this event was quite a journey; I left home before sunrise on Sunday morning to get to the Port Elizabeth airport and finally arrived in Pietermaritzburg around midday. While in motion for all those hours, I kept wondering what it would be like to enter a space and process that was both strange and familiar. I have not worked with Oxfam before, but have been involved in the NGO sector for more years than I care to own up to.
The session on Welfare vs Development took the format of a Participatory Activity called Active listening, where one writes down the points that stand out during project presentations. Thereafter common thoughts are collected and grouped together.
I was particularly struck by the following cards in no particular order.