Hello Dear Jeff, Prince, and All!
Great to hear from you both, and delighted about Prince's report on the conference, especially your strengthened determination to address the obvious challenges you have described, not only of bringing ICTs to rural areas, but also giving those at the grassroots a proper voice at conferences on the subject in Europe and other developed countries.
I have something to post for you, Prince, which may be of interest to everyone. It is a report about KAIPPG (the HIV/AIDS and development nonprofit in Kenya whose international branch I run in the USA) and its ICTs activities, which in particular address lack of infrastructure in rural areas, poverty, and other pertinent issues.
You may find some of what we are doing to be informative for your own ideas and plans in Ghana, Prince, and also for others addressing these matters, as KAIPPG is based in
rural western Kenya, is mainly an agricultural community where there is much poverty and lack of services, including healthcare, and where malnutrition and HIV/AIDS are perennial challenges.
We have found ways to surmount some of the infrastructure issues, and to address the challenges I mentioned via use of ICTs--in particular for women--and we are always eager to learn as well, so look forward to hearing how others have approached these challenges too!
On what Jeff has said below, this is a funny coincidence: I am actually thinking of Dr Osei Darkwa of Patriensa's (Ghana) Asante Akim Multipurpose Community Telecentre, one of the first of its kind. But Krishna Alluri of COL introduced GRASSUP NOW partners to Collins Osei of the Crops Research Institute (CGIAR-linked! ), who coincidentally is a GenARDIS award winner (a grant program focusing on women, agriculture, and
This is a note from Collins abt his work, and I am ccing him too (hi Collins!!):
"I am interested in joining the team to write the abstract. I am a former GenARDIS grantee and has also been involved in a village project in Ghana that is trying to improve womens access to agricultural
information via ICTs."
That's excellent that Collins visited Winneba, and I hope that all of you will meet--including Marco (hello and thanks for the intro, Jeff!)--at or before the conference! Marco, we're eager to hear your thoughts on the conference, e-learning, wireless, and more.
I am now ccing Osei Darkwa, Hisenburg Togba (of MOPGEL, which provides ICTs-related and e-learning opportunities to people at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Accra), and Jeremiah Burgess of SHIFSD (Self-Help Initiatives for Sustainable Development) , also at the Camp. I had
bcc'd them before (so their addresses would not show up publicly), but I think it's time everyone knew each other's addresses. I am adding Collins, Prince, Kafui, and Jeff too (so we can hit "reply all").
I love the idea of collaborating, Jeff and all, and hope we can do that! I thought I'd cc Krishna too at this point, as he links us together in a special way, seeing as COL is providing support through its PROTEIN program for OVF/Winneba (Jeff, Kafui), and COL is now also a link between Pam McLean (CAWD-Nigeria and Kenya), David Mutua (CAWD-Kenya) , and John Dada (Fantsuam Foundation, Nigeria)--who work together--and the GRASSUP NOW partners in Kenya.
I have just introduced Pam and David to the GRASSUP partners--also mentioning OVF in that context as well (both your past and possible future involvement) --and perhaps discussions and any resulting collaboration might be a
link or even a model for how to approach synergies among us in Ghana. And vice-versa, haha!
On that smiley and excited note will close with greatest thanks and blessings, and look forward to e-learning and growing--in Ghana and throughout the globe--together! Janet
From: jeff buderer
Sent: Oct 2, 2007 8:15 AM
To: 1village@yahoogroup s.com, 'holistichelping' , 'learningfromeachot her' , 'mendenyo'
Cc: marco.pompe@ web.de
Subject: RE: [1village] eLearning Africa 2008 (Ghana) Opens Call for Proposals: Submit to December 7th
Thanks for mentioning this. I recall Kafui mentioning that he has been in communication with Osei
(I am thinking you mean Dr Osei of CGIAR) and I think he visited the Winneba Open Digital Villages. I also recall that one of Princeâs colleagues also participated at the Wireless Workshop. I am ccing Marco Pompe (who came by way of Berlin via the World Summit for Free Information Infrastructures ((WSFII))) as he also had some good ideas about the Elearning Event. He helped organize the wireless workshop in august.
My thought is that given that a common link among several of the names you mentioned is COL that would be a synergistic link to consider future collaboration such as in submitting something to the conference mentioned below.
From: 1village@yahoogroup s.com [mailto:1village@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Janet Feldman
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2007 12:15 AM
To: holistichelping; learningfromeachoth er; mendenyo; 1village
Subject: [1village] eLearning Africa 2008 (Ghana) Opens Call for Proposals: Submit to December 7th
Here is exciting news, and hope a number of us will submit something! To those among us with Ghana links--Prince, Kafui, Osei, Hisenburg, and Jeremiah--this is your chance to shine a deserved spotlight on your work!! All best wishes, Janet
eLearning Africa 2008 Opens Call for Proposals
The 3rd eLearning Africa conference, which will take place from May 28
to 30, 2008, in Ghana's capital Accra, has opened its Call for
The event, organised by ICWE GmbH and Hoffmann & Reif, focuses on
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Development,
Education and Training in Africa. Serving as a Pan-African platform,
eLearning Africa links a network of decision makers from governments
and administrations with universities, schools, governmental and
private training providers, industry, and important partners in
Suggestions for sessions, presentations, workshops and discussions can
be submitted until December 7 via an online form at
http://www.elearnin g-africa. com/proposals. php