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October 2014, Issue 12
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Celebrating A4AI's First Birthday


On October 7, the Alliance and its members celebrated one year since the official launch of the initiative in Abuja, Nigeria. The whirlwind first year was filled with many highlights including four countries committing to working with us to shift policies and regulations to lower Internet access prices, more than doubling our membership, and putting affordability issues top of mind for policymakers and advocates globally. You can read more about those highlights in our birthday blog and infographic

We would also like to thank all of the members who helped us celebrate by writing blogs, tweeting birthday greetings, and posting across all types of social media channels. Thanks to you, the news about A4AI reached millions of people and we could not ask for a better birthday present.  
 

Dominican Republic & A4AI Kickstart Partnership in Santo Domingo Signing Ceremony 

On September 19, the Dominican Republic became the fourth country to join the Alliance and the first in Latin America. Mr. Gideon Santos, president of the Board of Indotel, the country's telecommunications regulator, and Sonia Jorge, Executive Director of A4AI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony in Santo Domingo. Ms. Jorge and A4AI's Latin America Coordinator Yacine Khelladi also had the opportunity to meet government, civil society and private sector stakeholders to encourage them to join A4AI's multi-stakeholder process in the country. 

Facts & Figures: 

  • According to the World Bank, almost half (46%) of the Dominican population currently use the Internet. However, fixed and mobile broadband penetration remains low at 18% and 25% respectively (ITU 2014). By contrast, 74% of population in Puerto Rico and 64% in Trinidad and Tobago use the internet. 
     
  • Prices for mobile broadband services in the Dominican Republic remain high — a basic 500 MB broadband package would cost the average citizen over a quarter of their monthly income. By contrast, citizens of nearby Jamaica pay just under 5% of their monthly income for a similar package.
A4AI’s key objective is to work with the government of the Dominican Republic and a wide range of local organisations to drive down broadband prices to the UN Broadband Commission target of 5% or less of monthly income, thereby enabling millions more Dominicans to come online. A multi-stakeholder forum to form a national coalition and identify the priority challenges the coalition will address is planned for later this year. 
 

In this issue: 

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

A4AI's online Knowledge Bank features relevant research on broadband access issues from our partners and members. We've uploaded several new reports this month including: 

Membership Update


We are excited to announce that UN Women has joined A4AI! UN Women is the organization within the United Nations System responsible for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. ICT for development is a cross-cutting area of work and critical to women’s empowerment in the digital age. UN Women is committed to ensuring that women are actively leading, contributing to and benefitting from the digital revolution. 


 

Member Feature: GSMA Mobile 360 Africa Summit

 

A4AI member GSMA will be holding its Mobile 360 Africa Summit from November 5-7 in Cape Town, South Africa. A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge will be a featured speaker at the summit.

Discounted Registration for All A4AI Members Available: 

All A4AI members are entitled to 15% off the registration price for the Africa Summit. You can enter the following code when registering to receive your discount: CCPAFA4015 
Engage with A4AI! 
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 emilie@webfoundation.org.  
October 21

A4AI Advisory Council Meeting
Web Foundation Office
Washington, DC

November 3-5

Africa ICT Alliance Summit
Cairo, Egypt

November 5-7

GSMA Mobile 360 Africa Summit
Cape Town, South Africa

*Sonia Jorge will speak at the event. 
15% discount code: 
CCPAFA4015 
November 11-12

A4AI-Ghana Coalition Meeting & Workshops
Accra, Ghana

November 18-20

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







 
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