March 2014, Issue 5
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A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge and Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps Ann Mei Chang speak at the GSMA's mWomen seminar last week at Mobile World Congress. 
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A4AI Engages Policymakers, Operators at 2014 Mobile World Congress

At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27, it was clear that the question of how to connect the next billions of people to the Internet and the mobile sector's role in achieving this goal was on everyone's minds. It was a theme reiterated throughout the conference by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in his keynote, government leaders, mobile operators, and innovators.  

Mobile broadband affordability, creation of local content, technology literacy, and infrastructure were issues that came up time and time again in various panels and speeches that the A4AI team attended. It was clear that policy and regulatory reform in developing countries was a vital piece of countries' efforts to achieve the ambitious goals they have for broadband -- to pull millions out of poverty and drive economic growth. 

A4AI participated in the following events:

  • GSMA mWomen Seminar:  Sonia Jorge, Executive Director of A4AI, and Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps (an A4AI member), served as panelists. You can read a summary of lessons learned from the seminar here
  • Preview and review panel of Mark Zuckerberg's keynote on Mobile World Live: Dr. Bitange Ndemo, A4AI Honorary Chair, and Michael Kende, Chief Economist for Internet Society (an A4AI member), served as panelists. You can watch full videos of the panels here
  • GSMA Ministerial Programme panel Policy approaches for sustained mobile investment and innovation:
    Dr. Bitange Ndemo served as a panelist.
  • Alcatel-Lucent Government Roundtable: Sonia Jorge moderated the discussion that included the Colombian Minister of ICT Diego Molano, Rwandan Minister of Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana, U.S. Ambassador for Telecom Daniel A. Sepulveda, the head of Mexico's telecom regulator Adriana Lambardini, and Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union Abdoulkarim Soumaila. 

In this issue: 

Country Engagement | Member FeatureEvents
Update on A4AI website: Please note you may not have been able to access our website for the past week as our server has been the target of a number of cyber attacks. Our team is aware of the problem and is working to resolve it and get our site back up and running normally very soon. 

Country Engagement Update

A4AI Forms National Coalition and Finalizes Priority Engagement Areas in Ghana

A4AI successfully hosted its first multi-stakeholder forum in Accra, Ghana on February 11 with the participation of more than 60 local stakeholders representing government ministries, private companies and civil society organizations.

Participants reached consensus on the following initial areas for support and engagement through the A4AI-Ghana coalition:
  • Support the development of a robust data and information collection mechanism in the sector
  • Advocate for efficient sector taxation
  • Incentivize infrastructure sharing
  • Guarantee pricing transparency and citizen awareness of services
National and regional media coverage of the forum was widespread including dozens of online and print articles and a broadcast piece by CCTV

Member Feature

The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) is the first membership body of its kind for civil society organizations inNigeria that facilitates effective advocacy on a variety of development issues, including ICT for development. Established in 1992, NNNGO represents over 1,000 organizations ranging fromsmall groups working at the locallevel, to larger networks working at the national level.

The Network is charged with the objective of identifying, registering, coordinating, building capacity and mobilizing civil society organizations to promote interconnectivity and bring equity, justice, peace, and development to grassroots communities throughout Nigeria. 

Member since: January 2014
Learn more:
Contact: Oyebisi Oluseyi, Executive Director, at

Upcoming A4AI Events
March 11
9:00 - 15:00
A4AI Nigeria Stakeholder Forum 
Chelsea Hotel - Central Area
Abuja, Nigeria
**Please RSVP here.

March 22-23
Pakistan-ICTD Workshop 2014
Information Technology University 
Lahore, Pakistan 

April 2-4
AITEC Southern Africa ICT Summit
Girassol Indy Village Congress Hotel 
Maputo, Mozambique

April 15
A4AI Advisory Council Meeting
Washington, DC
Venue to be determined

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