ICT in South Africa: Opportunities and Challenges from a NGO Perspective

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2008
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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The area of ICT, health and education were identified as priority areas by the South African government (for example, the e-Education white paper of 2004, and the e-Health policy of 2006). The e-readiness ranking of the Economist Intelligence Unit (2007) places South Africa 35 out of 69 countries. However, the Unit makes the observation that the divide between the most developed countries and the developing world is shrinking due to innovation and technological advances in mobile phones and online services. Mindset Network is positioned in this environment and aims to develop, produce and provide relevant digital educational content to as wide an audience as possible. // Mindset Network, an NPO, was established four years ago to deliver educational content to the schooling and health settings. Mindset aims to provide ubiquitous access, anywhere, anytime and through a variety of platforms (internet, print, satellite broadcasts, multimedia and mobile technology). During this stage of development, each facet of the programme has been evaluated. This paper provides a review of the research findings of Mindset’s Health and Schooling programmes. The challenges of setting up an ICT organisation within the developing world, the value that this has added to the educational and health arenas, the importance of partnerships, the lessons learned and the strategy on the way forward are emphasised. The paper discusses the findings of a large scale metaanalysis and provides a contextualization of Mindset’s position in ICT in a developing country, the challenges and opportunities for leadership.// Paper ID 82

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
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South Africa
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Africa
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