November 2013, Issue 1
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Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation's Tim Unwin, A4AI Honorary Chairperson Dr. Bitange Ndemo and Executive Director Sonia Jorge speak to the press after the A4AI launch in Nigeria. 

Featured: A4AI Launches in Nigeria  

A4AI officially launched at the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Conference on October 7 in Abuja, Nigeria. Inventor of the web and founder of World Wide Web Foundation Sir Tim Berners-Lee introduced A4AI in a video address during the opening ceremony of the conference. Honorary Chairperson Dr. Bitange Ndemo delivered the keynote address describing how A4AI will work to make broadband access more affordable through advocacy, research and in-country engagement.

News about the launch appeared in more than 8,000 pieces of print and online media. Some of our stand-out print and online coverage included: Mashable (lead business story on the day), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) , Le Monde (France), and BBC News.  

The A4AI panel session in the afternoon included several members: Consumers International, Intel, IREX, Global Partners Digital, Google, MainOne, Research ICT Africa, Yahoo!, Women In Global Science and Technology, and World Wide Web Foundation. You can access presentations from the conference here. 

In this issue: 

Membership UpdateCountry Engagement | Affordability Research | Events

Membership Update

A4AI's membership continues to grow at a rapid pace with 10 new organizations joining in October. The Alliance is pleased to welcome the following members to the alliance:
  • Public sector/academia: Research ICT Africa, Association for Progressive Communications, and Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Private sector: Phase 3 Telecom
  • Civil society: Internews, Mercy Corps, and Fundacion Taiguey
  • Local partners: Coollink Nigeria, the Gambia YMCA, and the Centre for Business Transformation at the Millennium Development Institute in Ghana. 
Learn more about our new members on our website.
Did you know? You can now access members-only documents via our website at Login: a4ai-member | Password: alliance

Country Engagement

This month, A4AI laid the foundation for its engagement in two African countries, signing memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the governments of Nigeria and Ghana.

In Abuja, A4AI signed an MOU with the Honorable Minister Mrs. Omobola Johnson of Nigeria's Ministry of Communications Technology during a ceremony attended by several A4AI members and Ministry officials. In addition to the proposed coalition-building work in the country, the agreement includes two concrete projects to support the Ministry -- one focused on affordability research and another on the broadband strategy process. 
At the end of October, A4AI signed an MOU with the Honorable Minister Dr. Edward K. Omane Boamah of the Ministry of Communications in Ghana. One to two concrete projects are being identified for A4AI to focus on, and the team is making plans for its first mission to Ghana. 
A4AI will be working with stakeholders in Nigeria and Ghana in the next few weeks and look forward to member participation as coalition-building activities begin.  

Affordability Research

The A4AI team has been working on the research and analysis for the first affordability report, the alliance's annual research centerpiece exploring the links between policy and affordability globally. 

Benefiting from the Web Index research methodology and framework, the affordability index will integrate quantitative data and the results of the survey conducted with the 81 countries covered by the index. This survey included questions to assess how countries fare against all the identified A4AI best practices recommendations.
Working with a tight timeframe, the team has developed a report outline and has started the writing process. Under the direction of Sonia Jorge, the team is working with Joshua Goldstein, an experienced researcher and writer, to produce a high quality report. In addition, the team will count on the input from the Affordability Research Working Group members to gather insightful feedback on the report drafts.
The team is also identifying regional experts to work with to develop the first set of country case studies to be used in the context of the report and share with stakeholders and national coalitions.
Upcoming A4AI Events
November 22, 10:15 AM (local)
Launch of Web Index 2013

Reed Smith Office
London, UK

RSVP here

*All members in London are invited to attend.

December 8, 9:15 AM (local)
Launch of Affordability Report

December 10, 9:15 AM (local)
A4AI Open Session Panel

ICTD 2013 Conference
Cape Town, South Africa

*Please register on the conference website if you are interested in attending ICTD 2013.

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