Our AfterAccess research, conducted in partnership with sister networks DIRSI and Research ICT Africa and were declared winners of the EQUALSinTech 2018 Research Award at the Yale Club, New York, on 22 September 2018.
The EQUALS Global Partnership is a global network working toward bridging the digital gender gap by bring women to tech and tech to women. Founding partners include United Nations University, International Telecommunications Union, UN Women, GSM Association and International Trade Center. The #EQUALSinTech Award is the annual flagship event of the partnership, which recognizes “outstanding projects and initiatives around the world that are helping women and girls become EQUALSinTech”. AfterAccess was one of 22 finalists in four award categories (Access, Leadership, Skills, Research) selected from over 350 nominees from across the globe.
AfterAccess was recognized by the EQUALS Global Partnership for its contribution to addressing the gender gap in the Global South. The data collected provides robust evidence of gender disparities in access to and use of ICTs across 18 countries (with more being added) across the Global South. The research not only measures the gender gap but also examines the nuances of use, barriers, etc., to enable evidence-based policymaking. It is the most comprehensive database on mobile phone and Internet access and use in the Global South.
AfterAccess (afteraccess.net) is funded through grants from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, the Ford Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Department for International Development (DFID), UK.