Information &

Communication Technology

Central to the way in which EcoAfrica works is the belief that collectively owned information empowers people to do the right thing. The sharing of knowledge and information improve governance, make conservation more effective and lead to better management. We do what we can to bridge the gap between those who have the information and those who need it. We have developed a range of toolsets that can be applied in awareness building, public participation process and participatory planning at small or large geographical scales. As an example we developed the Distance Learning and Information Sharing Tool (DLIST) with funding from the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Development Programme. Initially pioneered on the southwest side of Africa, DLIST was later replicated and used for well over a decade along the coastal areas flanking the east and west sides of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands.

Our work includes:

  • Working with a range of stakeholders – at the community, donor, government, and regional level – to ensure transparency in planning and decision making
  • Developing mechanisms to ensure that there is a two-way flow of information (‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’) from the start of planning to the implementation of large initiatives
  • Providing web-based platforms that facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information across all sectors of society
  • Enabling stakeholder communication – recognizing the right of people to have input into processes and initiatives that affect their lives
  • Promoting a culture of information sharing through Communities of Practice (COP)
  • Developing toolkits for information sharing and learning
  • Managing credible public participation processes

Good ideas can change the world, but only if they are shared.

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