First Annual SANGONeT ICTs for Civil Society Conference and Exhibition

Venue: Indaba Hotel

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Mar 01, 2005 End Date/Time: Mar 03, 2005
Registration Date: Feb 21, 2005
Early Registration Date: Feb 01, 2005
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The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will host its first annual "ICTs for Civil Society" conference and exhibition from 1-3 March 2005 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The SANGONeT conference and exhibition is the first event of its kind to be held in South Africa. Although many local conferences these days focus on ICT-related issues, very little dedicated attention is given to the relevance of ICTs to the civil society organisation (CSO) sector.

Building on SANGONeT’s experience during the past two years in organising Thetha forums to raise CSOs awareness and understanding of ICT issues, the conference will bring together a large number of South African CSOs to discuss and debate a wide range of ICT topics and issues, learn from each other’s experiences, and map the way forward. The conference is aimed at senior managerial and technical staff in the CSO sector, funding agencies, the private sector and government.

The conference will focus on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and experiences. It will provide both CSOs that are ICT-enabled, as well as those organisations that are considering introducing ICT solutions to their work, with an important opportunity to learn, network and share information about ICT issues of common concern.

Strengthening CSOs’ capacity for service delivery increasingly requires that attention be given to their ability to use, manage, implement and integrate ICTs as part of their activities. The application of ICTs in support of social change and development has already seen an impressive evolution and the Internet has the potential to revolutionise the way CSOs conduct their operations. Although many CSOs are already active users of ICTs, much more needs to be done to build the capacity of the sector to capitalise on the potential of ICTs.

The conference programme will expose participants to a combination of practical technology and ICT policy issues. The conference will demonstrate the importance of technology planning and investment within the CSO sector, paying special attention to the increasingly important role that the Internet is playing in fundraising, advocacy, communication and marketing. Participants will also be exposed to current ICT policy issues and debates, including deregulation, the ICT BEE Charter, open source software and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Another important aspect of the event is the exhibition by ICT service providers and CSOs that will run concurrently with the conference.

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