You could help our friends at Zittenet to get $3,000 to kick start one of their projects simply by voting for their idea in Africa Rural Connect's search for good ideas. There are lots of interesting ideas competing with each other, at the ideas page of the ARC website. The Zittnet idea is in the communcation section.
Question: What is the connection between a camera course, Academia-Practitioner collaboration, a site inspection at Ungwa Rimi, a tractor, and a solar powered telephone battery charger? Answer: They are all items of concern to the Dadamac UK-Nigeria team and featured in our online meeting this week. They are all a part of Dadamac's obsession with connecting, communicating and collaborating – and its roots in rural development.
The Dadamac weekly team meeting is a Skype meeting (typed chat) that links the team in UK and Nigeria. Its format is simple. An agenda is circulated beforehand. There is a chairman to move the meeting on through the agenda. It is okay for several people to type at the same time. We try to limit the meetings to one hour. Even if people have sent apoplogies they are still invited to the meeting, so they will be able to read the archive. A summary of the meeting is made available afterwards. Although people are scattered around various offices on two continents it works well.
One strong benefit of online meetings over F2F (Face to Face) is the "death of distance". On July 1st John Dada was out of the office - far out of the office - in Argentina. But he still joined the meeting and took the chair. He often travels and has atteded Dadamac meetings from various Africa countries - but this was the first time a Dadamac team meeting had input from three continents. Fortunately John is an early riser. Team meetings are 11.00 Nigerian time, 10.00 GMT - and considerably earlier in Argentina.
We have been supporting Oke-Ogun Community Development Network (OCDN), Attachab Eco-Village and the Yoghurt Project, and we hope to fundraise and help Zittnet with its last-mile connectivity.
The connection with OCDN goes back to Pam's early links with Ago-Are. The update is that Fola and PD are exploring ways to get the InfoCentre at Ago-Are connected to the Internet. Dadamac Foundation is supporting Fola with the cost of going online (more about this in the Dadamac Learners' news).
The Dadamac Team Blog brings updates on who we are, what we are doing, and how you can get involved.
We are based in Africa and the UK, and could not exist as Dadamac without the Internet. The Dadamac team in Africa is led by John Dada in Bayan Loco, Kafanchan (a rural location in North Central Nigeria). The UK team is led by Pamela (Pam) McLean in London. Now we are more visible on the Internet and we are setting up online stuctures that will make it easier for new people to join our team.