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2nd e-Atlas meeting, Francophon West Africa : BAMAKO ( Mali) , December 7th, 8th and 9th 2009.

E-Atlas is an initiative from social researchers mainly from Toulouse Le Mirail University ( France) . Their goal is to understand how local collectivities behave with respect to the emergence of the Information Society.
However, E-Atlas is not a purely scientific research project. It’s a strong partnership between the research world and diverse stakeholders involved in the information society ( local administrations, NGOs, private actors, ….
The first E-Atlas Francophon West Africa was held in Dakar ( Senegal) in April from 26th to 28 in 2006.

The main theme of this second E-Atlas meeting held in Bamako was “Role of NGOs in the social appropriation of ICTs within the West African territories” ( Le rôle des ONGs dans l’appropriation sociale des TICs dans les territoires de l’Afrique de l’Ouest)
The meeting was co-organised by different stakeholders ( Université Toulouse Le Mirail, OSIRIS, Université de BAMAKO, IRPAB, AUF, association VILLES INTERNET, IDRC, Agence Mondiale de Solidarité Numérique, AGETIC Mali, ENDA Tiers Monde).

The workshop « Web 2.0 au service des ONGs pour le développement et la gouvernance locale : Usages of Web 2.0 by NGOs for development and local governace » was held on the third day of the meeting. It was was done in a parallel session during the morning. It was co animated by Destiny Tchehouali from Agence de Solidarité Numérique and Laye KANTE from ENDA Lead).

Different presentations were given ( 20 minutes each) followed by discussions.
Mr. Guy TETE BENISSAN from the REPAOC ( a network made of West and Central African NGOs) presented how the network is working. The fact now is that REPAOC doesn’t have any social online plateform, but Guy TETE made a reflexion on how his network could benefit from such a tool as its members are located in different countries.
Mrs. ROUKIATOU OUEDRAOGO ( From Burkina-NTIC) the was the second presenter. She presented her personnal experience where she empowered rural women ( famers) by training them on the creation of personnal blogs. Due to those blogs, women were able to sell product of their farms at better prices.

Then came my presentation. I presented my experiences on the two web 2.0 plateforms. The aim was to allow participants to have a view on a regional platform and a kind of global platform.
I shortly begun by presenting a social network made of telecenter practitioners from East African Countries hosted by Ugabytes (http://ugabytes.org/nod) .This collaborative online platform is using the drupal system ( www.drupal.org) . I continued by presenting the http://diploig.ning.com/ which took the most part of my expose. I presented how the platform keeps former participants on the IGCBP, tutors, coordinators and IG specialists together. It helps us keeping learning and exchanging knowledge. By this, it also helps members to work together and set local initiatives in different local communities. Note that while presenting different tools on http://diploig.ning.com/ , I just used printed screens as we had no Internet connexion in the area. My presentation included statistical data about participation of different members on our platform
After my Intervention, Mr Fousseyni SANOGO, a community facilitator presented the use of the plateform linking together the global community of telecenter practitioners : http://telecentrecommunity.ning.com/ where he presented different participative tools.
After this presentation, a very interesting presentation was made by Destiny TCHEHOUALI from Agence de Solidarite Numérique : http://www.web2solidarite.org/ . He begun his presentation by the origin of the concept “social networking” itself. According to him, as the hyperlink is the basic tool for the web, the social link will be and for ever the main engine of the future web. The web 2.0 is made of different tools allowing the traditional end user of the online information to be a real producer. This leads to a collaborative web.
The last speaker during the workshop was Mr Laye KANTE from ENDA LEAD based in SENEGAL. His presentation focussed on different web 2.0 tools. He technically presented those tools comprising: wikis, social media, blogs, podcasting, …. Most participants were now amazed to know how easy it is to create a web 2.0 portal, without using complicated html tags.
In the afternoon, we shortly presented what we have been doing in the parallel session to the plenary.
For ending, let me give a positive appreciation for the strong team spirit in our network. While preparing my presentation, I got quick support from different members from Diplo Internet Governance Community. Many thanks to all of you who sent me those relevant inputs : Deidre Williams, Charity Gamboa, Jovan Kurbalija, Seiiti Arata, Vladimir Sammy Gatere, Pascal BEKONO, ASIF KABANI, etc… Here are some pictures shared by Fousseyni SANOGO about the workshop : http://telecentre-collectivite.ning.com/photo/album/show?id=2240460%3AAlbum%3A10216&xg_source=activity

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