[SLED] Virtual Africa & Civil Society Engagement

Radhika Gajjala radhika at cyberdiva.org
Sat Aug 18 09:47:25 PDT 2007


I am glad you took the trouble to do this Jeremy.

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On Aug 18, 2007, at 12:33 PM, Jeremy Kemp wrote:

> Hello,
>
> A quick follow-up on this email. I had a nice phone
> call with Dorette Steenkamp who runs this organization
> in South Africa.
>
> She outlined the various ways to check their
> legitimacy.
>
> She also reminded me of the implicit double standard
> here for actual charities in Africa. Their online work
> is now doubly difficult due to spammers coopting their
> efforts.
>
> --J
>
>
> --- Jeremy Kemp <jeremykemp at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>> Hello there,
>>
>> Would you do me/us the favor of giving your phone
>> number, street address, etc. to establish this
>> pseudo-solicitation as genuine?
>>
>> Sorry to ask, but your letter just looks much too
>> similar to dozens of entries in my spam folder.
>>
>> Your website is bare of any identifying information.
>> Your domain Whois lists a South African address AND
>> a
>> Berlin address? Would you mind getting a little
>> specific here?
>>
>> --J
>>
>>
>> --- Alanagh Recreant <a.recreant at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Greetings,
>>>
>>> Allow me to quickly introduce myself as requested:
>>> As far as we know, we are
>>> the first African-based NGO with a presence in SL,
>>> and driving a global
>>> strategy for civil society engagement and
>>> innovation. Please feel free to
>>> visit us at http://www.uthango.org to learn more
>>> about our research,
>>> training and poverty-eradication projects in South
>>> Africa. You will also
>>> find a widget to our blog on our SL project at our
>>> homepage.
>>>
>>> We are in the process to develop Virtual Africa as
>> a
>>> gateway and innovation
>>> hub for engagement with/about Africa. We believe
>> it
>>> is appropriate that this
>>> platform is created authentically by Africans for
>>> international
>>> communication and collaboration.
>>>
>>> As an NGO working daily in marginalised
>> communities
>>> that face extraordinary
>>> communication challenges and are often not heard,
>>> our main concern is (of
>>> course!) "at the bottom of the pyramid". In a
>>> parallel effort, we are
>>> looking at affordable social networking and
>> training
>>> solutions for community
>>> members with mobile technology and serious gaming.
>>>
>>> However, we believe that the world is
>>> inter-connected and to solve complex
>>> global problems, we require innovative social
>>> engineering, education and
>>> investment beyond traditional approaches. Most of
>>> all, we need the voices of
>>> people at grassroots level to be heard and as an
>> NGO
>>> closely connected with
>>> communities living in poverty, we understand our
>>> potential role. We are
>>> early-adopters and yes, we may very well be 18/24
>>> months ahead of the
>>> broadband solutions for Africa that will open up
>> the
>>> platform. It is
>>> exciting to continuously find educators, investors
>>> and corporate visionaries
>>> that are prepared to do prepare the virtual soil.
>>>
>>> There are brilliant educational initiatives in SL,
>>> and we are convinced that
>>> many of these solutions could bring tremendous
>>> benefits to African
>>> universities and schools. We are well placed in
>> Cape
>>> Town - with an
>>> excellent remote IT support programme of
>>> international standards, suitable
>>> for Africa - and could play a facilitative role
>> and
>>> participate smoothly in
>>> civil engagement processes. One of our most recent
>>> initiatives is the
>>> African Roundtable. We are excited to be part of
>>> this network and learn from
>>> the educational experts.
>>>
>>> There is no doubt that Virtual Africa - with its
>>> integrated eco-system and
>>> immersive African experience (language, culture
>> and
>>> wildlife) will become a
>>> special addition to SL. We are especially keen to
>>> link up with educational
>>> initiatives with similar themes. If you have any
>>> ideas or related projects,
>>> please contact me: Alanagh Recreant
>>>
>>> Thank you so much for this opportunity...
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Radhika Gajjala
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
School of Communication Studies
302 West Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43402
http://personal.bgsu.edu/~radhik

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