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10-12-2003 UNESCO launched a special initiative Wednesday to scale up Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) in Mali, Mozambique and Senegal at the ICT4D Platform of the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva. More

09-12-2003 UNESCO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will launch a multi-million dollar project to provide marginalized communities in Mali, Mozambique and Senegal with access to information and communication technologies, including the internet. More

03-12-2003 It was on November 19, 2003 at 11:30AM, when visitors of the first of five pilot telecentres of the NGO "Gems of the Earth Rural Telecentre Network" sent out their first e-mails from São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras, a community of about 1,500 people in the Jequitinhonha Valley in Brazil. More

23-09-2003 “Community Radio Gives India's Villagers a Voice” is the title of the article by Rama Lakshmi published on 17 September in The Washington Post. It features India's first independent community radio initiative in the millet- and tomato-growing village in the southern state of Karnataka. This initiative was implemented under the UNESCO IPDC project «NAMMA DHWANI Community Radio». More

18-09-2003 The establishment of a helpdesk for sharing information and advice on community multimedia telecentres is on the agenda of a workshop that opened on Monday in Maputo, Mozambique. The meeting, with more than 20 participants from Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, is organized by IDRC and the Informatics Centre of the University Eduardo Mondlane, with UNESCO's support. More

17-09-2003 One week ago, Roots FM Innercity Community Radio and the Zinclink Cybercafe, two entities of Mustard Seed Communities, an urban community development NGO in Kingston, Jamaica, became the hub of a novel learning activity in pooling their traditional and new technology resources together to develop a Community Multimedia Center. More

03-07-2003 (Paris) - More and more people are seeing the creative potential of linking the Internet to more traditional communication technologies, particularly radio and television. The UNESCO/APC Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) provides trainers in telecentres, community media organisations, and the development sector with a structured set of materials to help make that jump between new and traditional media. More

23-06-2003 The First Lady of Senegal Viviane Wade and UNESCO Dakar Office Director Armoogum Parsuramen inaugurated a community radio in the Senegalese village of Mbissao last week. UNESCO donated a so called suitcase radio - a portable FM station - and 40 oil lamps comprising an FM receiver powered by the heat of the flame. More

20-06-2003 International partners pledged strong support for Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) development in Africa at a symposium that ended this week in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting, “Digital Opportunities for Africa – Community Multimedia Centres” aimed to forge a strategy for larger-scale CMC development in Africa. More

12-06-2003 A pan-African Symposium on Community Multimedia Centres opens today in Dakar, Senegal. The aim of the six-day meeting, organised by UNESCO in collaboration with AMARC Africa, the Africa Section of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters is to forge a strategy for larger-scale Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) development in Africa. More

10-04-2003 UNESCO is sponsoring a one-day workshop on Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) in Dakar, Senegal on 12 April. CMCs combine community radio and telecentre facilities to offer grass-roots access to ICTs and promote local content development. The workshop is part of the third International Meeting of Francophone Community Radio Stations. More

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03-04-2003 UNESCO is supporting a project for community access to ICTs in Nigeria, by providing FM broadcasting equipment for radio programmes aimed at raising awareness of information and communication technologies. More

19-03-2003 150 km north of India's ICT hub Bangalore lies Budhikote, a small village where 36 women’s self help groups decided to have their own ICT facility. They contributed 50 rupees every month to establish a cable radio network connecting all the 750 households of the village in order to narrowcast the audio programmes they are producing at the Budhikote Community Multi Media Center. More

10-02-2003 Digital Opportunities for Africa: UNESCO in collaboration with AMARC Africa is organizing a pan-African symposium on Community Multimedia Centres from 12-17 June 2003 in Dakar, Senegal. More

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