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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

check out our Ghana's elections twitter

at http://twitter.com/ghanaelections
follow us today

www.africanelections.org

Three West African countries, namely Ghana, Guinea, and Cote d‘Ivoire, will organize elections this year and 2009. Access to timely, factual and unbiased information on elections is still a key problem in these countries.

The problem is compounded by the lack of skills required by the media to navigate the sometimes difficult terrain of elections. Again, some media professionals in these countries lack information and knowledge resources required to perform their functions effectively. Furthermore the use and availability of ICT tools for journalism is problematic.


In order to tackle some of these challenges, the International Institute for ICT Journalism (www.penplusbytes.org), in partnership with and with funding from, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and other partners, is embarking on West African Election Information and Knowledge Project.

The flagship of this project is our online portal which provides country specific relevant elections information contributed by journalists and ordinary citizens. The project will also integrate SMS as broadcast, monitoring and citizen journalism tool as mobile phones have become increasingly preferred means of communication in the sub region due to their convenience and relatively low cost of deployment.


The project which covers Ghana, Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire has six key components:

1. Training of senior editors, journalists and reporters;

2. Developing and disseminating an Election Reporting Guide for the Media;

3. SMS/ Mobile phone application in election coverage and monitoring, using FrontlineSMS; short code 1927 on all networks

4. Development of Information and Knowledge Online Portal; and

5. Provision of Knowledge products for the media

6. Media Content Monitoring

Please visit the elections portal at http://www.africanelections.org for up to the minute election news, features, live results, analysis and more. The portal adopts the respective lingua franca of the countries i.e. French for Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire and English for Ghana.

See our web 2.0 applications at http://www.ghanaelectionshotline.com/ghana/blogs/?post=60





For more information contact:
GHANA- ghelections@penplusbytes.org
GUINEA- guineaelections@penplusbytes.org
COTE D' IVOIRE - cielections@penplusbytes.org

Helped out with Partners for Gender Justice Meeting

Partners for Gender Justice Meeting: The Role of the Judiciary in Promoting Gender Justice in African Countries, hosted by the Ghanaian Judiciary, and co-organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM)by International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), and Brandeis University. (19 - 21 November 2008 Accra, Ghana)
part of this great meeting as an event consultant

ICT AND ELECTIONS COVERAGE CONAKRY GUINEA

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Malgré une connectivité améliorée, les radios ouest-africaines peinent à tirer profit des TIC (Communiqué)

Afrique de l'Ouest

L'Institut Panos Afrique de l'Ouest vient de produire une nouvelle publication sur les radios et les technologies numériques de communication dont le titre est "Radios et NTIC en Afrique de l'Ouest : connectivité et usages". Les résultats principaux de cette recherche qui porte sur 220 radios sont présentés dans ce communiqué de presse.

Communiqué de Presse

Malgré une connectivité améliorée, les radios ouest-africaines peinent à tirer profit des TIC

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Les radios demeurent le médium de communication le plus approprié à la communication sociale et à la communication de développement en Afrique. Après deux premières enquêtes en 2001 et 2003, l'IPAO vient de réaliser une nouvelle étude sur les radios et les technologies numériques de communication. Dans cette étude, il s'agissait de faire l'état des lieux de la connectivité des radios ouest-africaines aux (N)TIC (internet, satellite, ordinateur, outils de stockage numérique, etc.), d'analyser les usages mis en œuvre, d'identifier les contraintes, opportunités, et de faire des recommandations aux différents acteurs. L'étude est principalement axée sur sept pays cibles (Ghana, Bénin, Sénégal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Niger) et concerne toutes les radios (communautaires ou associatives, commerciales, confessionnelles et religieuses). Deux cent vingt (220) radios ont été enquêtées. Les principaux outils de recherche utilisés sont le questionnaire, l'interview, l'analyse documentaire. Les résultats révèlent que, de manière globale, les radios des sept pays ont un taux d'accès moyen à l'internet (51,8 %), avec une grande disparité selon les pays et les types de radios. En effet, d'une part, alors que le taux de connectivité est de 72,2% pour les radios privées commerciales, il se limite à 31,5% pour les radios communautaires ou associatives. D'autre part, au niveau des pays, les radios ghanéennes présentent 93,5% de taux de connectivité, les radios sénégalaises 89,7%, alors que seulement 20% des radios de la Sierra Leone sont connectées. Au Ghana et au Sénégal, pratiquement toutes les radios commerciales sont connectées. En outre, 72,7% des radios communautaires sénégalaises disposent de l'Internet, alors que seulement 8,3% des radios communautaires nigériennes sont dans ce cas. Le taux de connectivité, toutes radios confondues, au Burkina, Faso, au Bénin et au Mali, sont respectivement 61,5%, 55% et 34%.

C'est grâce à la technologie ADSL que la majorité des stations de la sous-région se connecte, en particulier au Sénégal, où plus de 92 % des stations accèdent au réseau mondial grâce à cette solution. Comme l'illustre les coûts d'accès présentés, dans certains pays, l'utilisation de l'internet devient de plus en plus accessible, mais ceci se limite aux régions ayant de bonnes infrastructures. La forte pénétration de la téléphonie mobile sur le continent permet aux stations d'en faire un outil incontournable de reportage et d'échanges avec les auditeurs ; cet usage remporte aujourd'hui l'adhésion de tous les auditeurs de radio.

Même s'il a été identifié environ 70 sites web de radios, celles-ci sont encore très faiblement et de manière très précaire présentes sur l'internet. Dans la plupart des pays, la diffusion en live sur internet est très instable (streaming régulièrement inaccessible) ou inexistante, bien que souvent annoncée. En outre, un grand nombre de ces sites web ont très peu - ou pas du tout - de contenus. Le Sénégal et le Ghana sont les pays où les radios disposent davantage de sites web, mais la diffusion en direct sur l'internet est beaucoup plus stable au niveau des radios ghanéennes. La présence sur le web illustre encore que ces deux pays sont ceux dont les radios tirent davantage profit des TIC.

Par ailleurs, les services à valeur ajoutée du mobile, en particulier le SMS, utilisé par 83,8% des stations interrogées, connaissent un énorme succès auprès des populations. Ces nouveaux services sont considérés comme d'importants outils d'interactivité entre stations radio et auditeurs, et constituent de plus une source potentielle de revenus substantiels pour l'entreprise radiophonique.

Globalement, le satellite est peu utilisé par les radios. Il sert principalement à la réception des programmes. Les radios communautaires sont les plus nombreuses à l'utiliser, à 57,7%, alors que cette statistique est de 28,8% pour les radios commerciales. Le fort taux d'utilisation de ce moyen de communication par les radios communautaires s'explique par les appuis internationaux dont elles bénéficient dans ce cadre. En ce qui concerne la diffusion de programmes par le satellite, quasiment seules les radios publiques, disposant de subventions publiques conséquentes, peuvent se permettre de l'utiliser, notamment vers l'Afrique, l'Europe et les USA.

Par manque d'information ou par méconnaissance des TIC, il a été également remarqué une confusion dans certains esprits entre logiciels libres et logiciels propriétaires, voir même au sujet du type de connexion internet dont dispose la radio. Les besoins en formation restent énormes et concernent tous les domaines des NTIC, en particulier celui de la production numérique, de l'utilisation basique des ordinateurs, de l'Internet et celui de la création ou la maintenance de services avancés de diffusion et de téléchargement en ligne. Les coupures de courant sont particulièrement indexées dans les pays ayant les meilleures connectivités comme un véritable obstacle.

Plusieurs recommandations ont été faites à l'attention de tous les acteurs interpellés par le développement du secteur médiatique, au niveau national, régional et international. A titre d'exemple, on peut mentionner les recommandations suivantes :

- 1. Mettre en place, en impliquant toutes les parties prenantes, des stratégies nationales et régionales spécifiques et dédiées à la prise en compte des nouvelles technologies dans les radios et les médias en général ;

- 2. Développer la connectivité dans les pays par l'augmentation de la bande passante, la consolidation des infrastructures, l'extension de la couverture des réseaux téléphoniques et la baisse des coûts d'accès ;

- 3. Former le personnel des radios en gestion du streaming audio et vidéo pour favoriser la présence des radios sur l'internet ;

- 4. Favoriser la mise en place de serveurs pouvant héberger les sites web des radios faisant du streaming à des coûts relativement abordables ;

- 5. Renforcer l'intégration des TIC dans la formation des journalistes et animateurs de radio, au niveau des structures et dispositifs de formation académique et alternative (auto-formation, formation par les associations et les réseaux de radios, etc.) ;

- 6. Faciliter les négociations auprès des opérateurs de télécommunications pour réduire les coûts d'accès aux TIC aux stations radios, en particulier celles qui sont communautaires ;

- 7. Favoriser la prise en compte de la convergence par les organes de régulation des TIC, en créant des mécanismes de collaboration entre régulateurs des médias et des télécommunications, ou en créant des organes de régulation uniques convergés ;

- 8. Mettre en place des actions dans les différents pays pour une meilleure compréhension et prise en compte des enjeux nationaux et internationaux de la radio numérique.

Supervisée par le Programme TIC de l'IPAO, l'étude a été coordonnée par Malick Ndiaye, avec la collaboration de Hyppolite Djiwan (Bénin), Abdoulaye Diallo (Burkina Faso), Kwami Ahiabenu II (Ghana), Aziz Diallo (Mali), Abdourahamane Ousmane (Niger), Boubacar Khalil Ndiaye (Sénégal), Andrew Kromah (Sierra Leone).

Radios et NTIC en Afrique de l'Ouest : connectivité et usages, IPAO, octobre 2008. Disponible en téléchargement sur le site de l'IPAO.

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Auteur : Programme TIC de l'IPAO

Date : 16 octobre 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

WEST AFRCAN TRAINING WORKSHOP ON ELECTIONS COVERAGE USING ICTS

DATES AND COUNTRIES

 26th to 27th September at Grand Bassam, Cote d' Ivoire
 9th to 10th October at Accra, Ghana

19TH to 19th November, Conakry, Guinea

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  The International Institute for Information and Communication  Technologies (ICT) Journalism - Penplusbytes, in collaboration with the Ghana Journalists Association , REPPRELCI (Réseau de Professionnels de la presse en Ligne de Côte d'Ivoire and other key partners  with support from Open Society Initiative for  West Africa (OSIWA) is organizing two sets of training for Ghana and Cote d'lvoire.
  This training workshop is in line with the vision of ensuring the media is empowered to provide high quality coverage of the upcoming Ghana's and Cote d'lvoire elections using ICTs.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS  

  1. Print
  2. TV
  3. Radio
  4.Community Radios
  5. Online

  Workshop Content
  

-          The Electoral System -legal, constitutional, processes, supervision,
monitoring and observation

-          Excellence in Elections coverage - pre, during and post periods:

-           Use of ICTs in Elections content generation, publishing and monitoring

 

 

Facilitators

Local and International experts are expected to facilitate this
important workshop providing insight both from theoretical and practical
aspects of elections coverage.


Workshop Segments

1.       Online segment

2.       Face to Face Segment

3.       Online Segment

 

Course Delivery

-          Maximum use of Interactive presentations

-          Course Work

-          Group Discussion

-          Hands on

 

 

SEGMENT ONE - ONLINE PHASE

 

-          Seek to serve as an introduction to the course

-          Assess the level of ICTs skills of participants

-          Provides an opportunity for participants to play with online tools especially blogging

 

 

SEGMENT TWO - FACE TO FACE

 

DAY ONE F2F

 

Part One

 

-          Opening Ceremony and launch

-           Introduction of Participants

-          Learning objectives and learning Contract

Cocoa Break

 

 

Part Two

-          The Electoral System  - History, legal and  constitutional

-          The Electoral System  -processes and  supervision,
monitoring and observation

-          The Electoral System  - monitoring and observation

-          Group Work and  Discussions

 

Lunch

 

Part Three

 

-          Excellence in Elections coverage - pre, during and post periods

-          The role of investigative reporting in Election coverage

F  GROUP WORK ON KEY INVESTIGATIVE SKILLS  TO REPORTING:

o       potential electoral frauds in order to be accurate, effective and preserve peace in electoral period (during elections process and post election process)

o        Follow-up of the deliberation process at the electoral commission (during elections process)

o        Candidates' campaign accounts follow-up (post election process)

 

§      GROUP DISCUSSION ON:

·         Ethical issues to care for, while investigating in electoral period

-          Group Work and Discussions

 

Part Four

-          introduction to PENPLUSBYTES/OSIWA Elections Project

 

 

DAY TWO F2F

 

PART ONE

-          Recall of day one and review of learning objectives

-          Introduction to ICT Journalism

-          Convergence

Cocoa Break

 

PART TWO

-          Introduction to the Use of ICTs in Elections content generation, publishing and monitoring

-          Tools of our trade – video and video blogging

-          Tools of our trade – online photos and audio

 

 

LUNCH

 

PART THREE

-          Tools of our Trade – online tools – websites, blogs and Mapping

-          Tools of our Trade -  mobile journalism – SMS

-          Group Work and Discussion

 

PART THREE

-          PENPLUSBYTES/OSIWA newsroom Project

-          Course Evaluation and distribution of certificates

-          Conclusion

SEGMENT THREE - ONLINE

-          follow up

-          monitor online content of participants

-          review post elections issues

-          Peer Assist

 

Ends

 

 

 

 

Contact

 

www.penplusbytes.org

 

Thursday, October 02, 2008

ICT4D

Speaking at GINKS www.ginks.org second ICT4D series on the theme "The use of ICTs
in Effective Election Reporting" on the 2nd October 2008 at CSIR-INSTI at
9.00am.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress 2008

Speaking at the Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress 2008
According to the event organisers, the congress is The most significant annual gathering of decision makers in Africa’s media, broadcasting and mobile sector
Date : 27 – 31 October 2008
Venue : Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

my session will be on : Expansion and growth in African media
• Sharing key points from a successful business strategy
• Evolution of hardware and software – how do we remain
competitive?
• What does the future of media in Africa look like?

see http://www.terrapinn.com/2008/mediaza/ for more detials

Monday, June 30, 2008

what is Open Space?

In Open Space meetings, events and organizations, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of strategic importance, such as: What is the strategy, group, organization or community that all stakeholders can support and work together to create?
http://www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?AboutOpenSpace

dreams

A dream is reality which has yet to materialize
- Dave McDaniel

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Day Two : The 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference: “Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promise, Uganda 2008

How can African Traditional Media can tap into new Social media and blogs
Dave Duarte, leading South African Blogger

outline
1. Online attention economy
2. Social media and blogs
3. Value Creations in the WWW( Wild Wide World)

If every thing is free online, what is not free, according to Dave
a. Trust
b. Brand
c. Authenticity

He suggested that we are living in the area of the new 4ps
of
1. peer to peer
2. participation
3. predictive modeling
4. personalization

He said the elements value creation WWW are
- Revelation
- Plasticity
- Aggregation

POINTERS TO TWO SITES
MUTI

Muti is a community site, dedicated to African content, which is driven by users posting interesting links which are then rated and discussed by others.


AMATOMU

Amatomu www.amatomu.com/ is a blog search engine and article aggregator, focusing on blogs published in South Africa.




CONCLUSION
the more you share, the more you win

Day Two : The 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference: “Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promise, Uganda 2008

Accessing Software from Open Source - the case of Nika Content Management System
Prof Guy Berger


In his discussion, he took a the following key areas :

1. The scope of CMS
2. Tech must be slave not the master
3. Open Source
4. NIKA
5. Lessons
6. Conclusion


CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CMS)SCOPE


Six dimensions of CMS
1. "content" platform agnostic, "media assets"
2. Databased - searchable, multi- publish
3. A- Z all the work flow not only publishing to the web component which is T-Z
4. Knowledge Management - generation, coding, refinement
5. DRM - Digital Right Management - capital assets
6. EM - Enterprise Management including Customer Management System

STARTING YOUR CMS
You can start small but it is important to have a vision and have the big picture in mind at the outset


TECH MUST BE THE SLAVE NOT THE MASTER

Your strategy must drive your CMS not technology driven
the technology can do almost every thing but you have to drive it in order to achieve your goal in implementing your CMS.
One area is taxonomy which is linked to your strategy rather than technology
Who is responsible for tagging your content? what tags or labels are most appropriate, these questions must be answered in organizing content as part of your CMS.

OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE(OSS)

- examples : Apache, Firefox, Open Office, GIMP, Scribus, Dupal

not all open source are free and not all free software are open source
the key about the open source is the source is available and free to modify
You need in house developer to harness the power of open source
A lot of news organizations are using Open Source such as Dupal including New York Observer



NIKA DIGITAL NEWSROOM ( NIKA means "TO GIVE")

This CMS was developed by Vincent Maher at University of Rhodes
PHP(OSS) and cold fusion at earlier stages (2005)
had a mobile version as well and receiving input from mobile phone as well

NIKA OSS PILOT WORK FLOW 2007
Lessons
- timing and training
start simple function and progressively scale up

TRIAL IN 2008
- Grocott's Mail - replace chatoic folders
Use Gallery 2(OSS) for image management
Still to come for Nika are features such as mobile, social networking, video, etc

CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
1. Need better management and consultation
2. Need policy on archives, DRM, metadata
3. Automation vrs customizing for web/phone
4. How much complicity and clicks to incorporate in the CMS
clicks before content is posted online,the smaller the clicks the better
some times it took 18 clicks for some system
5. Static vrs dynamic, intelligent CMS
static limits creativity whereas an intelligent can learn and helps stimulate innovation and creativity. The aim is to go for a more intelligent CRM



CONCLUSION
movement to dispersed computing and there is no need to built a lot of online tools now
One idea is to build your own CMS using freely available online tools but the free CMS means not DRM and it may not work well with bad internet connections which is the case in Africa.
NIKA CMS is scheduled to be available for demonstration at Highway Africa 2008 and may be available in year 2009.

Day Two : The 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference: “Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promise, Uganda 2008

Prof Guy Berger on DIGITAL LITERACY FOR AFRICAN NEWSROOM

How do you find information which is useful for your newsroom ?
the presentation addressed this question by looking at
* Monitor hot topics

1 Do the web
a. Google alerts
b. Web TAB
c. RSS
- via your browser
- via email
RSS FWD www.rssfwd.com/
- via dedicated RSS reader
www.newsgator.com
www.netvibes.com
Google Reader
when an old site does not have RSS, then you can make use of a convertor for example,
www.feedlity.com
2. Yahoo pipes
filter, aggregate content and mash up as well
http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/
www.feedity.com/
use of online translation to manage the feed as well for other languages
3.online communities :communities of interest
joining a communities of interest, with like minded and provides information important for you
technorati www.technorati.com/
face book community of interest
social booking www.del.icio.us.com

find useful info from the rubbish on the web
so go out and multiple

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Africa Media Leadership Conference 2008 opens

Africa media leadership conference 2008 opens with opening addresses by Francis Mdlongwa, , Director of Rhodes University Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, South Africa and Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Sub-Sahara Africa Media Porgramme, South Africa
Key Note by Prof, Guy Berger, Head of Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, South Africa on the changing landscape of the media online

Monday, May 19, 2008

SECOND NATIONAL ICT 2008 AWARDS HELD

 

The Ministry of Communications in conjunction with the ICT Community organised the second national ICT Awards 2008 at the Accra International Conference Centre. It was a night of celebration, excellence and innovation. The awards ceremony was attended by 400 persons from the ICT community, business, academia and industry in the presence of dignitaries including His Excellency President John Agyekum Kuffour (represented by Hon Kan Dapaah, MP, Minister of Defence), the Hon Deputy Minister of Communications, Frederick Opare-Ansah, Hon Kojo Armah, MP and chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee and Mr. Yoofi Grant of Databank chaired the awards night programme.

 

In a speech read on his behalf, His Excellency The President John Agyekum Kuffour said, " I am proud of our performances in the sector as a nation and I am even proud of the excellence that some Ghanaians have exhibited in the sector". The performances of the Ghanaian hardware and software engineers have demonstrated that when it comes to the use of brainpower, the Ghanaian is a force to reckon with. Today when the names of the "Great in the Industry" the geniuses, are published a number of Ghanaian names feature".

 

During the programme a minute silence was held to commemorate the memories of three personalities of the ICT community who had been lost namely – Guido Sohne, software guru, Julianna Kaufmann, a Telecom expert and Fred Nutsugah Secretary to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications.  In his speech, His Excellency President John Agyekum Kuffour said " I convery my condolences to the bereaved family, friends and compatriots of the late Guido Sohne, the distinguished software engineer who made a mark on the International Scene.

 

The awards, which took place on Saturday, May 17, 2008 as the world celebrates World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, rewarded individuals/companies in 13 (thirteen) catergories with the flagship award being the ICT Personality Of The Year 2007, which went to Mr. Akwasi Pianim Osei.  His citation read, "Tonight we are here to acknowledge ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Akwasi Pianim Osei, one of the leaders in the field of ICT in Ghana. IT Consultant for the planning, procurement (involving major tenders), and implementation of real time banking packages and related services for Ghana's top financial institutions and team leader in the implementation of computerization projects and studies in various government, public, and private sector organizations over the past 20 years. Based on these many achievements by Akwasi Pianim Osei, The Ministry of Communications and the ICT community in Ghana has unanimously agreed to confer the prestigious ICT Personality Of The Year award to Akwasi Pianim Osei for his leadership in advancing ICT in Ghana.

 

Other award winners include

  1. TELECOM COMPANY OF THE YEAR - TIGO with KASAPA as first runner up and MTN as second runner up.
  1. TOP CAFÉ OF THE YEAR went to SMART INTERNET & MULTIMEDIA with CYBERCITY INTERNET as first runner up.
  2.  TOP ICT TRAINNING INSTITUTION went to IPMC with NIIT as first runner up while KNUST COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT was awarded second runner up
  3. INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR – the winner was BusyInternet with Zip Net and Netafrique Ltd coming as first runner up and second runner up respectively.
  4. TOP ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR – the winner was Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) with CEPS(GNET) as first runner up.
  5. BUSINESS PROCEESING COMPANY (BPO) OF THE YEAR – the winner was ACS-BPS
  6. TOP GOVERNEMENT ICT PROJECT OF THE YEAR – the winner was Office of the President, Ghana ICT Project, first runner up Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) and the second runner up is National Fibre Optic Project.
  7. GUIDO SOHNE TOP SOFTWARE COMPANY OF THE YEAR – the winner was Rancard Solutions, with Somuah Info System as first runner up and B system was awarded second runner up.
  8. TOP HARDWARE COMPANY OF THE YEAR – went to IPMC with Masai as the first runner up
  9. TOP ICT START UP PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR went to Justice K.B Annan
  10. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD went to Busy Internet for their pioneering work in the provision of shared Internet Access through the

establishment of a world class cyber café which has set the highest standard for Ghana's cyber café industry and beyond

The winners of Ghana ICT awards will be entered into the African ICT Achievers awards scheduled to take place in South Africa.

 

The 3rd National ICT award is scheduled to take place on Saturday 16th May 2009.

 

www.ghanaictawards.com 

 

Ends

  

 

 

Second ICT awards Held

President John Agyekum Kufuor on Saturday said the healthy partnership between the private sector and Government was yielding positive strides in the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and services in the country.

"We have seen that ICT brings us together, it expands and improves education and agricultural production, helps in health delivery and provides empowerment especially for the girl child," President Kufuor noted in a speech read for him by Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister for Defence at the second ICT awards night in Accra.

He said government would continue to provide an enabling environment to support the activities of all communications service providers to ensure that citizens are not denied the benefits of technology no matter their location.

Dr Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, Minister of Communication, said the objective of this year's award was to create greater awareness of the role of ICT in the public services and the development process within the framework of the information society.

He said government decided to institute this awards scheme to acknowledge the various roles being played by institutions and individuals towards the promotion, learning and usage of ICT.

Some 13 awards were presented to deserving individuals and institutions with the top ICT personality of the year going to Akwasi Pianim Osei.

Tigo mobile network won the top telecom company of the year award with the prize for the top ICT training institution of the year and top hardware company of the year going to IPMC.

The top ICT for development project of the year went to the computerized school selection and placement system (CSSPS) while the Office of the President ICT project won the top government ICT project of the year.

Busy Internet won top internet service provider and a lifetime achievement awards.

Ran card limited won the top software company of the year, while Cyber city internet won top internet café of the year and Justice K.B. Annam being adjourned the best ICT start up company, individual division. Microsoft Company won the best foreign entity prize.
GNA

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Africa’s media bosses examine emerging digital media platforms

 
Press Release

JOHANNESBURG, May 15 – Leaders of Africa's news media meet in Uganda in a week's time for an annual summit focusing on how the continent is embracing new media technologies to serve the changing needs and interests of their customers.

 

The senior editors and CEOs of media firms stretching from South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland in the south to Kenya and Ethiopia in the north and from Senegal and the Ivory Coast in the west will meet in Kampala for three days from May 25 for their Africa Media Leadership Conference.

 

The conference is co-hosted by Rhodes University's Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership (www.spiml.co.za/www.spiml.com) in South Africa and Germany's Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation (www.kas.de/).

 

"This year's conference is looking at a range of digital media platforms that have emerged and continue to emerge around the world and the challenges that face media companies in Africa in adopting and adapting these platforms for their competitive advantage," said Francis Mdlongwa, Director of the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI).

 

"Given the breath-taking technological changes which are re-shaping and even redefining the entire media industry, we felt that Africa should pause, take stock, look at what works and does not work in our part of the world and why, and plan ahead," he added.

 

The SPI is Africa's only university-level institution offering high-level media management and leadership training programmes to both practising and aspirant media leaders from across the continent. It runs a post-graduate programme in media management and leadership and a series of certificated management programmes for senior editorial and business media managers.

 

Frank Windeck, the head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's Sub-Sahara Africa Media Programme, the sponsor of the Africa Media Leadership Conference series, said: "These meetings give Africa's top media people a unique opportunity to network at the highest level and to examine key industry and other issues which concern them and to seek practical solutions by examining case studies drawn from Africa."

 

The conference will be attended by 40 media executives.

 

The conference series was launched by the SPI and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2002 to promote high-level interaction among Africa's media chiefs and to seek  practical, innovative and creative solutions to challenges faced by the African media.  

 

The conference meets annually in an African country, and past conferences have debated topics such as Revenue Generation for Robust African Media (Cape Town, South Africa); South Meets East: Strategic Challenges for African Media (Nairobi, Kenya);  Managing Media in Recession (Mauritius); and Policies and Strategies for Media Viability (Maputo, Mozambique).

 

 

Issued by:

n      SPI Director Francis Mdlongwa (email: f.mdlongwa@ru.ac.za; mobile phone +27-(0) 83-629-2312; office phone +27-(0) 46-603-8781; fax +27-(0) 46-622-9591)

 

n      KAS Director for Sub-Sahara Africa Media Programme Frank Windeck (email:Frank.Windeck@kas.de;  office phone +27-(0) 11-214-2903)


Please contact either Francis or Frank for any further information on the Africa Media Leadership Conference.

 

 

 

                                                       ENDS   

Africa Media Leadership Conference 2008

May 24-27: Imperial Royale Hotel,
           Kampala, Uganda


Saturday, May 24:

Arrival of delegates (throughout the day)

9pm: Dinner for delegates hosted by KAS Uganda

          Welcome Remarks: Yusuf Kiranda, Uganda KAS Programme Officer  

 

Sunday, May 25:

9.30 am: Welcome Remarks: Francis Mdlongwa, Director of Rhodes University's Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, South Africa

 

9.45 am: Welcome Remarks: Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Sub-Sahara Africa Media Programme, South Africa

 

10 am: Peter Mwaura, leading East African journalist, media consultant and university journalism lecturer, former editor-in-chief of several international and regional media: "Africa's Rapidly Changing Media Landscape: Where And How Do We Go From Here?"

 

10.30-10.45 am: Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Felicity Duncan

10.45 am: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from East Africa: John Bundotich, Group Managing Editor, Standard Media Group, Kenya

 

11.15 am: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from Southern Africa: Elizabeth Barratt, Managing Editor, City Press, South Africa

 

11.45 -12.45pm: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

                         

1-2pm: Lunch Break

 

Session Chair: Ingo Capraro

2 pm: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from West Africa: Kwami Ahiabenu, head of Ghana's PenPlusBytes Media, Ghana

 

2.30pm: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from Europe: Matthias Hufmann of "Schweriner Volkszeitung", Germany

 

3-3.15pm: Coffee/Tea Break

 

3.15-4.30 pm: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

                  

4.30-6.30pm: Informal networking

7pm:               Dinner

 

Monday, May 26

 

Session Chair: David Smith

8.30 am: Mobile Media Platforms that Work for Africa: Eric Obino, senior editor, Nation Media Group, Kenya

 

9 am: Mobile Media Platforms that Work for Africa: Phillip Besiimire, MTN representative in Uganda

 

9.30-10.30 am: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

 

10-30-10.45 am: Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Jimi Mathews

10.45 am: Measuring New Media Audiences and Turning Them Into Money: Riaan Wolmarans, Editor of Mail and Guardian Online, South Africa

 

11.15 am: Measuring New Media Audiences and Turning Them Into Money: Robert Kabushenga, Chief Executive of New Vision Media, Uganda

 

11.45-12.45 pm: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

 

12.45pm-1.45pm: Lunch Break

 

Session Chair: Kwami Ahiabenu

1.45pm: Content Management Systems for Africa's Converged Media: Professor Guy Berger, head of Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, South Africa

 

2.15pm-2.45pm: Discussions on presentation by speaker

 

2.45-3pm:       Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Kwami Ahiabenu

3pm: Accessing Software From Open Source: Digital Literacy for African Newsrooms: Prof Guy Berger, Head of Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, South Africa

 

3:30pm-4.15pm: Discussions on Berger's presentation

 

Session Chair: Sazikazi Thabede

4.15pm: How African Traditional Media Can Tap Into New Social Media and Blogs: Dave Duarte, leading South African blogger

 

4.45-5.45 pm:    Discussions on presentation by Dave Duarte

 

5.45-6.30 pm:    Informal networking

 

7pm:                 Dinner

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 27

 

Session Chair: Mike Daka

8.30am: Online Journalism in West Africa: A case study from Senegal: Mamadou Koume, Director of Senegal's Press Agency

 

9-9.30 am: Discussion on presentation by Mamadou Koume

 

9.30 am: Is Africa's Regulatory Regime Ready for New Media? A Case Study from East Africa: Emrakeb Assefa, senior Ethiopian editor and journalism lecturer

 

10-10.30 am: Discussions on presentation by Emrakeb Assefa

 

10.30-10.45am: Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Gerald Johr  

10.45am: Telkom Media Ventures Into Africa: Jimi Mathews, head of Telkom Media 

 

11.15-11.45 am: Discussions on presentation by Jimi Mathews

 

11.45am:  Launch of KAS/SPI Online Media Book entitled "Revenue Generation for Robust African Media: Practical Ideas, Experiences and Innovations of Frontline Managers" by Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Media

 

12 am:        Closing Remarks: Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Media

 

12.15 am:   Closing Remarks: Francis Mdlongwa, Director of SPI

 

12-1 pm:    Lunch Break

 

3-4.30 pm:  Tour of New Vision Media Group, Kampala

 

4.30-6.30 pm: Informal Networking

 

7 pm:                     Dinner

 

END OF CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Public Voting For Second National ICT 2008 Awards Opens

The public voting for the Second National ICT Awards 2008 to be held
on Saturday May 17, 2008 as the world celebrates World
Telecommunications Day and Information Society Day has opened. The
awards is being organized by Ministry of Communications and Ghana's
ICT industry stakeholders.

Members of the general public can vote either by going to
www.ghanaictawards. com or send the full name of their choice to
1419(all mobile networks in Ghana) via SMS until 13th May 2008.
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The categories opened for public voting are as follows:

1. ICT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

· NII NARKU QUAYNOR

· ENGR MRS FLORENCE SERIKI

· AKWASI PIANIM OSEI

· DR HARRIET SOMUAH

· SAQIB NAZIR

· SAMUEL QUARSHIE

2. TELECOM COMPANY OF THE YEAR

· TIGO

· MTN

· KASAPA

· ONE TOUCH

3. TOP CAFÉ OF THE YEAR

· SMART INTERNET & MULTIMEDIA

· CYBERCITY INTERNET

4. TOP ICT TRAINNING/INSTITUTI ON

· KNUST COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

· IPMC

· NIIT

· KiNET

· DZODZE CHILDRENS RESOURCE CENTRE

The winners from the second national ICT awards would be entered into
African Achievers Award to be held in South Africa. The awards night
slated for the evening of 17th May 2008 will be a celebration of
excellence in Ghana's ICT sector.

Ends

Monday, May 05, 2008

THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT ON GHANA’S ICT CALENDER

2ND NATIONAL ICT AWARDS 2008 – CELEBRATIONS, EXCELLENCE, INNOVATION

 

DATE: 17TH MAY SATURDAY 2008 (World Telecommunication and
Information Society Day

 

VENUE: ACCRA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER

 

TIME: 19:00 PROMPT

 

DRESS: FORMAL/TRADITIONAL

 

 

TO RESERVE A SEAT OR PURCHASE A TICKET


TICKET COST: 25 GH CEDIS ONLY

 

CONTACT

  1. Front Desk, Busy Internet, Ring Road Accra, Tel : 021-258528
  2. Mr. Desmond Boateng, MOC,  021-685608
  3. Festus William – 0244-386042
  4. Front desk, Ghana Multimedia Centre, High Street, Accra 021-689580

 

E-MAIL ghanaictawards@gmail.com  

Website:  www.ghanaictawards.com

 

COME AND ENJOY BYTES OF FUN


Friday, May 02, 2008

Two done, two more to go

Long time since I posted to this blog
busy busy
well, finished up with two projects
1. successfully completed an online course in "How to Build a Web-Based Course" from University of Toronto, it was very difficult since I was always pressed for time during this course. Glad that I pulled it through
2. Contributed the Ghana section on a study by PANOS entitled “RADIOS & ICTs IN WEST AFRICA: CONNECTIVITY AND USES- Ghana study”

New projects
writing two conference papers
1. delivering a paper on Designing and facilitating interactive online course using Web 2.0 tools at the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training will take place from May 28 to 30, 2008 in Accra during the themed session on : Designing and delivering e-learning
2. the two paper is "Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from West Africa". at the 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference to be held in Kampala, Uganda, from May 25 to 28. theme "Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promises and Problems".
more later

Friday, April 18, 2008

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Africa E-Governance Academy Validation Meeting

Draft Program for Regional Meeting The Africa E-Governance Academy Validation Meeting
Accra, Ghana
April 16-18, 2008
Theme: A key for strengthening Public and Civil Society institutions in ECOWAS countries/Une
solution au renforcement des institutions Publique et civiles des états de la CEDEAO
Time Session Participant
Day 1
Opening Session
Chair: TBC
9.00-9.45 Opening Remarks Minister of
Communication,
Ghana
Dr. Nana Tanko,
OSIWA
Raul Zambrano,
UNDP
Chantal Uwimana,
TrustAfrica
Ramato Molo, IDRC
9.45-10.10 Coffee Break
Session 2: The Academy Concept
Exiting Initiatives and country perspectives. 10 minutes maximum per presentation. Brief and
upbeat
Chair: TBC
10.10-10.30 Opening Remarks and Expectations Pierre Danjinou
Ben Akoh
10.30-10.40 A consolidated African regional resource on eGovernance –
eGovAfrica Portal. Place, values and benefits.
Pierre Danjinou
10.40-10.50 A Local Governance Approach. Linking a regional initiative to a
local project. LOGIN
Tim Waema
10.50-11.10 The eGovernance Academy – Estonia. Experiences, Best
practices and pitfalls. Structure, statures, mandate, scope.
Hannes Astok
11.50-11.10 Executive Masters Programme in eGovernance – the Ecole
Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne experience. Relevance,
Teething process and Setup issues. Pitfalls and best practices
Gianluca Misuraca
11.10-11.40 Discussions 1
Session 3: The eGovernance Academy Framework for West Africa/Africa
Chair: TBC
11.40-12.20 Country Perspectives – Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Cape Verde
(10 minutes each)
Country
Representatives
1
12.20-12.40 A Synthesis of other west African country experiences Ken Lohento
12.40-12.50 Possible African interests in eGovernance, a replication of
global best practices
Raul Zambrano
12.50-13.20 Private sector interventions – Public private partnership models.
Concrete structures for progress. (10 minutes each)
Cisco, IBM
13.20-14.20 Lunch
14.20-15.00 The eGovernance Academy - West Africa. Presenting a one
stop shop for eGovernance in West Africa
Claude Lishou
15.00-15.50 Discussions All
15.50-16.00 Coffee
Session 4: Breakout sessions – Nitty Gritty
Chair: TBC
16.00-17.00 Group 1: Content, Scope, Activities and mandate of the
eGovernance Academy
What should the academy be involved with? Research,
Consultancies, Capacity building, Mentoring, etc.What is its
scope? What should it not do in the light of existing initiatives?
Who is it responsible to? Government, CSOs, etc? Is it open?
Should it be a target to all?
What is its mandate?
What is its scope?
What is the vision and the mission of the Academy
Should it cover all of Africa or be limited to West Africa? How
should it expand if its immediate scope is just regional?
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Johanna Awotwi
16.00-17.00 Group 2: Partnership Models and Funding Mechanisms.
Public Private partnerships. Donor funding and relations
Regional institutions such as the ECOWAS, AU, UNECA,
NEPAD eAfrica Commission. Ownership models and
propositions for partnership selling points to African
Govenments
Should this partnership cover regional or continental
institutions? What are the roles of RECs?
Ginaluka Misuraka
2
Should membership cover country commitments and support?
The participation of country memberships. What is expected of
academic institutions? What also may be required of private
sector institutions? What will be their commitments to the
academy?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
We shoujld also think through what role that these institutions
should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
16.00-17.00 Group 3: Structures – Governance, Academy.
Board composition and function, Technical Committee,
Management, Institutional Organisation. Management team
composition. Organisational chart.
How many members should any of these groups have?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
Conversely, we shoujld also think through what role that these
institutions should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Where should it be based? What are the criteria for selection a
suitable location.
Hannes Astok;
Chekou Ly
17.00 Day 1 Close




Day 2
Session 5: Final Session
Chair: TBC
9.00-11.00 Group 1: Content, Scope, Activities and mandate of the
eGovernance Academy
What should the academy be involved with? Research,
Consultancies, Capacity building, Mentoring, etc.What is its
scope? What should it not do in the light of existing initiatives?
Who is it responsible to? Government, CSOs, etc? Is it open?
Should it be a target to all?
Johanna Awotwi

What is its mandate?
What is its scope?
What is the vision and the mission of the Academy
Should it cover all of Africa or be limited to West Africa? How
should it expand if its immediate scope is just regional?
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
9.00-11.00 Group 2: Partnership Models and Funding Mechanisms.
Public Private partnerships. Donor funding and relations
Regional institutions such as the ECOWAS, AU, UNECA,
NEPAD eAfrica Commission. Ownership models and
propositions for partnership selling points to African
Govenments
Should this partnership cover regional or continental
institutions? What are the roles of RECs?
Should membership cover country commitments and support?
The participation of country memberships. What is expected of
academic institutions? What also may be required of private
sector institutions? What will be their commitments to the
academy?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
We shoujld also think through what role that these institutions
should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Ginaluka Misuraka
9.00-11.00 Group 3: Structures – Governance, Academy.
Board composition and function, Technical Committee,
Management, Institutional Organisation. Management team
composition. Organisational chart.
How many members should any of these groups have?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
Hannes Astok;
Chekou Ly

Conversely, we shoujld also think through what role that these
institutions should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Where should it be based? What are the criteria for selection a
suitable location.
11.00-11.20 Coffee Break
11.20-12.20 Plenary: Working Group Presentations (20 minutes per group)
12.20-13.30 Discussions
13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Recommendations and Action Plan
16.00 Day 2 Close


Day 3
Closed Sessions: Partners and Donor Sessions
UNDP, CODESRIA, IDRC, PANOS/CIPACO, TrustAfrica,
UNESCO, OSIWA, UNECA, AU, ECOWAS, eGA, Others TBC
Way forward
Collaboration mechanisms