Support for Community Telecentres and Networks in Mali

Telecentres across French-speaking West Africa are struggling to attain financial sustainability while remaining relevant to their communities. This is because they have access to fewer online resources and a smaller community of practice than their English-speaking counterparts. Amid relative isolation, AfrikLINKS has endeavored to provide training, monitoring and technical support to some of the 20 different forms of rural connectivity initiatives in Mali. This grant will allow AfrikLINKS to extend its support services to all telecentres in Mali, thereby offering telecentre practitioners a timely and effective reference service. The project will give practitioners access to a Green telephone line (free dial-in), e-mail, Yahoo, MSN Messenger, chatrooms and facsimile to share issues and challenges from their telecentres. Other activities will include onsite mentoring, management training workshops, blogging and a telecentre network website with a collection of resources. The project will spearhead the creation of a strong federation of telecentres in Mali (Fédération des télécentres du Mali - FETEMA).

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Start Date

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

End Date

Friday, October 30, 2009


36 months

IDRC Officer

Mayanja, Meddie

Total funding

CA$ 273,718


Mali, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Aminata Maiga Fofana


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