Africa

Online child protection in rural Kenya

Caleb Ndaka is a project lead in Kenya, working for Kids Comp Camp. As Kenya focuses on initiatives to bring billions more online, Caleb  asks: how can we prepare for child protection online and also make use of the learning opportunities it will bring? Kids Comp-Camp is an organisation which seeks to reach out to children aged 8–15 in marginalised communities, to equip them […]

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    ‘The world in your hands’: smartphones and women’s connectivity in Sudan

‘The world in your hands’: smartphones and women’s connectivity in Sudan

Credit: ICT4D, CC BY-SA 2.0

Griet Steel explores women’s digital connections in Sudan, where women’s physical mobility is very much restricted as a result of traditional gender norms.  Griet explores the significance of smartphones in family relationships across physical distance and discusses the associated limitations and possibilities for empowerment. Griet is a cultural anthropologist and postdoctoral fellow at KU Leuven the who works on new technologies […]

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    Grandparents, grandchildren and mobile phones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Grandparents, grandchildren and mobile phones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Credit: Katrien Pype

What kinds of access do elderly people in Kinshasa (DRC) have to new media, and in particular, to mobile phones? Surprisingly, instead of children providing their elderly parents with such devices, it is grandchildren who facilitate access, but sometimes in troubling ways, finds Katrien Pype. She is an anthropologist at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa at KU […]