Publié par APC. Ce livre a été produit avec le soutien du Centre de recherches en développement international (CRDI), Canada.
The Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants programme has been awarding grants to support work at the grassroots level on gender-related issues in ICTs for agricultural and rural development since 2002. The geographic focus is African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. This book tells the story of the GenARDIS journey thus far, provides lessons learned, stories from grantees and recommendations for policy makers. It shows how the project facilitates local capacity building in ICTs to empower women and gives grassroots initiatives the kick-start they need to bring about economic empowerment in their communities.
As David Dolly, based at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, GenARDIS grantee 2005 and jury member 2008, says:
“The GenARDIS projects provided numerous practical insights regarding how ICTs can promote successful gendered outcomes for livelihoods, food security and food sovereignty.
GenARDIS is for the deaf woman in Ethiopia who can now generate her own income through digital photography. GenARDIS is for rural mothers across rural Africa, who can now provide additional income for their families because they can now market to buyers from outside their community. GenARDIS is for small women farmers who are no longer being taken advantage of by the middle man, that can now get a fair price for their crop by sending a simple SMS. It is for Cameroon farming women who were able to purchase new and more appropriate farming tools thanks to increased revenues and the ability to call into town to order the product.
Now in our third round of GenARDIS, this morning’s workshop session was opened as the group was welcomed by exploring the question why – Why GenARDIS? Oumy Ndiaye of the CTA began the discussion by sharing her personal interest in the small grants fun, but also elaborated on its importance on a greater scale. “GenARDIS,” she explained, “is an opportunity to see things move, and seeing the good ideas being implemented on the ground.” APC Executive Director Anriette Esterhuisen continued that GenARDIS also brings together the work that organisations do at national policy and international levels, that can sometimes lose their sense without knowing how it is being reflected on the ground.
Après trois séances seulement de formation, c’est avec satisfaction que nous découvrons les aptitudes de Céline, secrétaire du groupement ALLODO bénéficiaire du projet GenARDIS 3 au Bénin. Contrairement aux autres membres du groupement (peu ou pas scolarisés) elle s’exerce aisément sur l’ordinateur et manipule facilement Word et Excel. Par la maîtrise de l’informatique, elle représente aujourd’hui pour son groupement une icone indispensable au développement et à la vulgarisation de leurs activités; elle bénéficie de ce statuts grâce à son niveau plus élevé de scolarisation. Bien qu‘étant toujours pauvre comme les autres membres de son groupement, elle se sent néanmoins fier de faire valoir sa scolarisation et d’avoir eu un plus sur elle.
Women have one chance in three less than men to benefit in the African Information Society. In the “Gender Digital Divide in Francophone Africa” research on six countries (Benin, Burkina FasoBurkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal) conducted by the Gender and ICT Network, connections between gender and ICTs were found to be widely unrecognised. Looking at control, content, capacities and connectivity, the research measured gender disparities that are present with regard to access, use and mastery of ICTs. The reality surfaced from the results is as the title suggests, harsh. However, more positively, this collaborative research has developed critical statistical tools to enable concrete measurement of the gender digital divide. In turn, the data and knowledge base established renders the gender dimension in this field significantly visible.