Strategically using ICTs to amplify voices of silenced groups

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

CCCD records growth

When CCCD was founded the organisation had no offices. A make shift training centre was established on a veranda to avail ICTs to women and girls. The training centre had two computers, a digital camera and a device called a mobigator that allowed the organisation to use Free and Open Source Software and a mobile line for advocacy.

In June 2012, CCCD was awarded a grant by the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) for institutional development. The grant enabled the organisation to secure office space, recruit additional staff, purchase additional equipment and furniture and establish communication infrastructure.

The investment from AWDF has seen the organisation recording phenomenal growth. The organisation now has a three-year strategic plan, fundraising strategy, organisational holistic context which acts as our magnetic north in decision making, a structured training programme and a community mobilisation strategy.

There has been an increase in the number of people visiting the organisation for services.

From June 2012 to December 2012 we were using a participant list to record the number of people involved in our programmes.

In January 2013 we developed a traffic flow system to enable us to track who was seeking our services, what they wanted, their sex, age, location and contact details. The traffic flow system has been developed to gather data to inform our strategic thinking and for programme development while building a database of our primary beneficiaries.

Between January and March 2013, data gather reveals that we reached more women and girls. It also shows that men are interested in our programmes. Both women and men visiting our offices are seeking information regarding our trainings, participating in our activities and registering to take part in upcoming trainings.