The GSMA Connected Society will be launching its Connect Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity this October 2018. With support from the UK Department for International Development, the program fund aims to support innovative new technology solutions for connecting unserved rural communities. Applications for the fund, which offers grants of up to £300,000, open this month. Read more here and here.
The EQUALS Digital Skills Fund aims to use research as a method of breaking down barriers to the internet for women, to reduce the digital gender divide. The fund offers financial resources to local initiatives providing gender-sensitive skills training across countries in the Global South. Read more on the specific initiatives the fund supports, available grants from €5,000 to €15,000 and how to get involved here.
The Coaching Fellowship is a non-profit organisation dedicated to developing young women leaders serving extraordinary women around the world. To be a part of their global women’s community of non-profit leaders, impact entrepreneurs, activists, rocket scientists, artists and more, check out their next round of applications opening in January here.
No Women Left Out Initiative is seeking applications from eligible women’s organisations for the first round of its small grants program in Nigeria, with the theme “Pushing Forward Equality & Empowerment of Women for National Impact”. Projects must meet at least one of the following two goals: increased income generation or market access. Proposals will be assessed based on the strength of the idea, potential impact and feasibility of implementation. Read more.
Grantees from past calls: The WomenConnect Challenge launched by USAID called for solutions to reduce the digital gender divide, and was met with more than 500 applications from 89 countries. The winners are as follows: AFCHIX, Equal Access International, Gram Vaani, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Innovations for Poverty Action, Institute for Financial Management and Research, Mali Health, GAPI, and Bluetown and Viamo
- 11:20-12:20: Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity: When the Unconnected Build Connectivity. Read more.
- 12:30-13:30: Spectrum for Community Networks: A "Must” That Is Hard to Get. Read more.
- 13:30-15:00: GISWatch Launch. This year’s topic is community networks.
- 15:00-16:30: Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access. Read more.
The Southern Africa Network Operators Group Conference (SafNOG-4), hosted by Tanzania Internet Service Providers Assocation (TISPA) in collaboration with Eastern Africa Network Operators Group (EANOG) and Tanzania Network Operators Group (tzNOG), was held from 24 to 29 September in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The theme of the event was “Building and Sustaining Regional Communities”. View the slides and a livestream from the conference.
The African Summit on Women and Girls in Technology was held from 9 to 11 October in Accra, Ghana. View the live stream from the event here. The agenda included a Community Networks workshop series in partnership with APC, Zenzeleni, Mesh Mukavu and TunapandaNET, available here.
The Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2018, hosted by the Internet Society from 9 to 12 October in Northern Canada, focused on how to connect Indigenous communities to fast, affordable and sustainable internet. Watch the livestream from the event here, or read a recap of the event here.
The Latin American Community Networks Summit, held in Argentina in September, has continued publishing videos of the event, available here. In addition, they have created a document with shared definitions, proposals and recommendations from those present at the summit.