Update from the final workshop in Maputo

The final dissemination workshop of RE-ACT was held in the campus of Universidad Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo on February 6th and 7th.

The first day of the workshop was mainly dedicated to listening the Directors of the CMCs of Chitima, Chiure, Cuamba, Dondo, Ilha de Moçambique, Morrumbene, Quelimane, Sussundenga, Xinavane, who presented their work and discussed the impact of RE-ACT project within their CMCs.

Sara Vannini chairing the first session of the workshop, with the Director of CMC in Chitima presenting his work

Sara Vannini chairing the first session of the workshop, with the Director of CMC in Chitima presenting his work

The second day of the workshop was dedicated to RE-ACT researchers and students presentations (Prof PhD Lorenzo Cantoni, Dr. Alexandre Baia, Dr. Simone Sala, Sara Vannini, Salomão David, Cátia Estefânia Paulo Ndauane, Fernanda Martinho Caroa), as well as to open discussions about the interaction between policy and technologies in Mozambique, related trends, education, and the role of ICT and tourism for development.

Participants of the Final RE-ACT Workshop

Participants of the Final RE-ACT Workshop

The workshop counted on the presence from representatives of Centro de Estudos Africanos and Centro de Informatica of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, CAICC, Catholic University of Mozambique – Pemba, UNESCO Mozambique, Radio Mozambique, Maputo Living Lab, MEGCIP, and the Swiss Cooperation (SDC).

Final Dissemination Workshop in Maputo

RE-ACT final dissemination workshop will be held in Maputo on February 6th and 7th, 2014.

The workshop intends to present the results of the project, and is addressed to both practitioners and academics communities. Results from the researches will be presented by Salomão David, Sara Vannini, Stephany Nduane, and Fernanda Caroa, andthe work developed at the CMCs will be shown by their directors.
Future directions and overviews will be presented by Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, Dr. Alexandre Baia and Dr. Gertrudes Macueve.

The event will be held in the campus of UEM (Sommerschield).

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RE-ACT @ In Onda Con Voi

Today Sara Vannini was invited as guest to the program In Onda Con Voi, on Teleticino to present the project RE-ACT.
In Onda Con Voi is dedicating parts of its program to disseminate the research that is being performed within the Università della Svizzera italiana to the public. Enjoy the video!

Exploring the Meanings of Community Multimedia Centers in Mozambique: A Social Representation Perspective

The article Exploring the Meanings of Community Multimedia Centers in Mozambique: A Social Representation Perspective by Isabella Rega, Sara Vannini, Emanuele Fino, and Lorenzo Cantoni has been published on the journal Information Technologies and International Development (ITID).

Abstract:
This article presents extensive research conducted in Mozambique that aims to deeply understand how different social groups understand community multimedia centers (CMCs), which are structures combining a community radio and a telecenter. The social representations theory was adopted to interpret narratives of 231 interviewees from 10 Mozambican provinces. Interviewees included representatives of initiating agencies, local staff members, CMC users (both the radio and telecenter components), users of only the community radio, and community members not using the CMCs. Following the analysis of transcribed interviews, six main clusters were identified, each of them shedding light on a specific understanding of a CMC. These are discussed according to a set of sociodemographic variables. This study suggests that the social representations theory is a valuable framework to provide an integrated view of ICT4D interventions by giving a voice to local perspectives without overlooking the initiating agencies’ expectations.

Full reference:
Rega, I., Vannini, S., Fino, E., Cantoni, L. (2013). Exploring the Meanings of Community Multimedia Centers in Mozambique: A Social Representations Perspective. Information Technology and International Development, (ITID), Vol. 9, Issue 4.

Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centers: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities

The article Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centers: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities by Sara Vannini, Isabella Rega, and Lorenzo Cantoni has been published on the journal Information Technology for Development (ITD).

Abstract:
Community multimedia centers (CMCs) are considered by initiating agencies as instruments able to inform, entertain and educate the population, as well as to offer them a voice into knowledge society and to public initiatives. This article presents a quali-quantitative content analysis of 230 interviews held with staff members, users of the venues, people of the community who listen to their radio component but do not use their telecenters, and community members not using CMCs. The sample includes 10 CMCs around Mozambique. The purpose of the study is to investigate the perception of local communities of inbound, outbound, and shared information and communication flows connected to CMCs. Results highlight how CMCs are perceived as inbound information enablers, mostly by means of their community radio component, and as means to share information and communication within the communities’ boundaries. Yet, CMCs still do not appear to be widely recognized as participation means to a reality that transcends the communities’ physical borders.

Full reference:
Vannini, S., Rega, I., Cantoni, L. (2013). Information and Communication Flows through Community Multimedia Centres: Perspectives from Mozambican Communities. Information Technology for Development (ITD), pp. 1-14. DOI:10.1080/02681102.2013.854729.

IDIA Conferece, Bangkok, Thailand

On the 1st and 3rd of November, RE-ACT researchers (Salomão David and Sara Vannini) attended the International Development Informatics Association Conference 2013 (IDIA). The conference was held at Chucalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Three contributions came from the project:

CIRN 2013 conference in Prato, Italy

This week, NewMinE researchers (Salomão David, Sara Vannini and Amalia Sabiescu) attended the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference held in Prato, Italy from 28 to 30 October.

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CROSS-FIELD Residential seminar and SSRE conference

The forth residential seminar of the Pro*Doc school CROSS-FIELD has been organized from 19th to 21st August by the Università della Svizzera italiana. Sara Vannini took place there, presenting the progresses of her PhD research, based on the project RE-ACT.

The third day of seminar has been included into the program of the annual conference of the Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE) organized in Lugano and addressing the topic of integrating formal and informal learning.
During the conference, three Cross-field students, Sara Vannini presented her paper Formal and Informal Learning Practices in Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique.

IFIP WG9.4 2013 – Ocho Rios

The NewMinE Lab participated and presented their research at the IFIP WG9.4 2013, 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, held in Ocho Ríos, Jamaica, from 19 to 22 May 2013.

Sara Vannini, PhD Candidate at NewMinE, and Lucía Aguirre, who recently completed her Master’s thesis within the Lab, presented there two papers based on the project RE-ACT:

  • Vannini, S., Aguirre, L., Rega, I., Cantoni, L. (2013). Images of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique: a participatory photo-elicitation study, in Proceedings: IFIP WG 9.4: Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Ocho Ríos Jamaica, 19-22 May, 2013.
  • Aguirre, L., Vannini, S., Rega, I., Cantoni, L. (2013). Fictional Characters, Real Data: Personas depicting Staff and Users of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, in Proceedings: IFIP WG 9.4: Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Ocho Ríos Jamaica, 19-22 May, 2013.

They also presented the topic of Salomão David during the PhD session, also based on the project.

The proceeding of the conference are available online on the IFIP website, and below you can find the slides of one of the the presentations.

White Paper “Centros Multimédia Comunitários em Moçambique: um mapa” now released in Portuguese

The White Paper “Centros Multimédia Comunitários em Moçambique: um mapa” has now been released in Portuguese!

The paper presents the history, typologies and number of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique, as well as the description of a sample of 10 of them, one per each province of the country. The information provided has been collected within the field work of the project RE-ACT (Social REpresentations of community multimedia centres and ACTions for improvement), a research and development project run by the NewMinE Lab in collaboration with the Centre for African Studies and the Department of Mathemathics and Informatics of the University Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique.

The paper can be downloaded for free from this page on the NewMinE website.