Sugar town

September 3, 2005 § Leave a comment

Xinavane, Mozambique

Xinavane is a sugar town. More precisely, it is a town surrounded by endless cane fields and with a sugar factory at the centre. Almost everyone in Xinavane works for the sugar company.

Img_1492

So, when UNESCO and CIUEM started working with local community members to set up a CMC, one of the first things they did was talk to the people who run the sugar company.

What could a sugar company expect from a CMC? Technology training and local news for the people in their community. What could a CMC hope for from a sugar company? A free building on the main road through town, right beside the local school. And, in an impressive and very local take on the idea of multi-stakeholder partnership, that is what they both got.

Img_1464

Operating much like the Chok’we centre we’d seen earlier in the day, the Xinavane CMC really demonstrates what can happen when you set up a telecentre that has concrete local value, and then connect it up with business or government interests that want (or need) their community to be a healthy one.

As telecentre.org looks at both multi-stakeholder partnerships and sustainability over the coming years, we definitely need to keep an eye on the local … not just as a place to offer services, but also as a place to draw strength and resources from.

Comments are closed.

What’s this?

You are currently reading Sugar town at commonspace.

meta

%d bloggers like this: