November 2014, Issue 13
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A4AI-Ghana Coalition members discuss how they can improve their work plans and how working groups can collaborate at the coalition's quarterly meeting in Accra, Ghana on Novemebr 11, 2014. 

Forging Ahead in Ghana: Opportunities & Roadblocks

On November 11, the A4AI-Ghana Coalition met to discuss the progress of the Taxation, Infrastructure Sharing and Open Access, and Research and Data Collection working groups. Since the last coalition meeting in June, the groups have finalized their work plans, which include the specific outputs and activities the groups will undertake, and started implementing some of those activities. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss challenges, receive constructive feedback from other stakeholders and refine the groups' work plans. Three key takeaways from the meeting: 
  • Increasing buy-in from the government – including the Ministry of Communications and the National Information Technology Agency -- is key to achieving the outcomes desired by the working groups. 
  • Outcomes, outputs and activities need to be better grounded with the realities on the ground. The coalition needs to further examine issues such as how much existing telecoms infrastructure is available for sharing, how much government revenue is taxation on telecoms generating, and a better understanding of what data is already being collected and how. 
  • Many opportunities for collaboration and synergies exist within coalition working groups and with existing activities of government agencies, private sector, and civil society.  
The A4AI team will be posting a more comprehensive summary of the coalition meeting and the November 12 workshops on Research & Data Collection and Infrastructure Sharing & Open Access on our blog this month. You can also check out the working groups' presentations on our coalition webpage and our new infographic on Internet access in Ghana. 

Making Affordable Access Benefit Both Citizens & Businesses in Africa

With rapid developments in technology and business models, how can we make affordable access a win-win for citizens and businesses? This was the question that set the tone for the panel "Delivering Affordable Access to the People of Africa" at GSMA's Africa Mobile 360 event in Cape Town, South Africa on November 6. 

Sonia Jorge, A4AI executive director, and John Garrity, Cisco's policy advisor on global technology policy and an A4AI Advisory Council member, delved into the issue as panelists. Amongst the topics discussed was how competition is often not an instant solution for delivering affordable mobile Internet.You can read a summary of the discussion on GSMA's website

Photo credit: GSMA

In this issue: 

Research & Membership Update | Member Feature Engage with A4AI
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Research Update

Affordability Report 2014 Update
A4AI held an Affordability Research Workshop on November 5 to share and discuss the preliminary research findings of the 2014 Affordability Report with experts and members of the alliance's Affordability Research Working Group. Representatives from APC, Cisco, Ericsson, the Internet Society, LIRNEAsia, Research ICT Africa, and USAID attended the workshop. Their feedback and comments will help shape the final report, which will be released to members by the end of the year. 

New Member Research
GSMA recently published its 2014 Digital Inclusion report, focusing on the challenges in extending mobile internet services to currently unconnected populations. You can download the report here.

Membership Update

Congratulations to the 2014 GEM-TECH Award winners!
Three of our members who are leading pioneering projects and advocacy linked to harnessing the power of ICTs to boost gender empowerment were honoured as recipients of the GEM-TECH Awards 2014 on October 28 at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea
  • Foundation
  • Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
  • Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Nigeria
The ceremony also recognized four of our members as GEM-TECH ‘Global Achievers’: 
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s StrongHer initiative
  • Cisco Systems’ Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Ms. Monique Morrow
  • GSMA’s Connected Women programme
  • Intel Corporation’s Director of Social Impact, Dr. Renee Wittemyer

Member Feature: Africa ICT Alliance

The Africa Information & Communication Technologies Alliance (AfICTA) is a private sector led alliance of ICT Associations, Multi-national Corporations, Companies, Organisations and individuals in the ICT sector in Africa.

AfICTA recently held its annual Summit on November 3 in Cairo, Egypt. More than 200 delegates from 18 African countries attended to discuss topics around the theme of "Fostering a Smart Africa" from E-Government to Internet Governance.

Check out: A summary of the AfICTA Summit 2014 here

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Upcoming Events 

All members are invited to attend our presentations, panels, and forums. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with our team at any of the below events, please e-mail  
November 18-20

A4AI-Mozambique Coalition Meeting & Data Collection Workshop
Maputo, Mozambique

November 18-20

CTO Broadband Forum 2014
Nairobi, Kenya

*A4AI Policy Manager Kojo Boakye will be moderating a panel on November 20. 
November 22-28

Ebene, Mauritius

*A4AI Africa Regional Coordinator Nnenna Nwakanma will be attending. 

November 24-26

12th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS)
Tbilisi, Georgia

*A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge will speak on a panel on November 24.
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