Wednesday, July 28, 2010
“Community Radios in African Human Development: Strengthening Networks, Empowering Women and Improving Content” was the title of the workshop that took place last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event was organized by the AMARC Africa Bureau and funded by UNESCO’s Windhoek Office.
The workshop examined the situation of the various national community radio networks, and discussed current and future activities focusing on HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, women empowerment. It tried to identify the methodologies, technologies and best practices for the coverage of issues related to human development in Africa.
The event gathered 25 delegates, representing community radios and national networks, from 13 countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Participants identified tutoring and knowledge-sharing mechanisms able to reinforce the existing networks, improve the community radio’s contents and facilitate their contribution to human development in Africa. They also determined the priorities in the implementation of the AMARC Africa Strategic Action Plan for 2010-2014.
This training workshop was sponsored by the UNESCO International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks to secure a healthy media environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media.
Monday, July 26, 2010
By James Achanyi-Fontem
The Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Azideriva, Dr. William Ajua Tasong, facilitated a two-day workshop on “Finance Software Solutions” at the Security Finance Corporation, SEFFACORP, from the 20th to 21 July 2010. The training was officially opened and closed by the Deputy General Manager of the corporation, Ms. Roseline Menyoli, who endorsed the confidentiality agreement with Azideriva on behalf of her company.
The coaching exercise was a follow up of the endorsement by the corporation to install Azideriva at the SEFFACORP Branch in Molyko-Buea as start point for integration of the Information Technology tool for facilitating its business management transactions.
Twelve key banking decision processing managers of SEFFACORP from the headquarters in Buea and branches located in Tiko, Muyuka, Molyko, and Limbe attended the training and were drilled on the impact of Azideriva software usage for optimum results.
Dr. Ajua Tasong took the opportunity to explain the particularities of Azideriva during interactive exchange sessions focused on reducing errors and minimizing bank management risks. Azideriva also assists in reducing operational time and costs.
The CEO guided participants on how to operate Azideriva for performing real-time risk monitoring, to increase confidence and customer experience. The new software introduced in Cameroon by the UK based IT company is very efficient in managing staff, customers’ files, loans, savings and current accounts.
Ahead of the training, SEFFACORP had presented its expectations and expressed the wish to see Azideriva cover activities related to cashier menu, counter clerk menu, operations menu, branch manager menu and networking with headquarter accountant menu.
The trained staff will continue to familiarize themselves with Azideriva Finance software solution for a period of three months before consolidating the bank’s data with azideriva information technology in puts.
Dr. Ajua Tasong returned to England on Saturday, July 24 after the one week working visit, where he also made contacts with other banking sector managers to discuss how Azideriva could be of use to them. An overall evaluation at the end of his mission showed that Azideriva makes a big difference compared to soft wares currently used by some banks and finance institutions in Cameroon.
In the closing remarks by SEFFACORP Deputy GM, Roseline Menyoli, she observed that it is necessary to develop business with new technological changes of the time to meet national and international standards. She invited Azideriva to remain close to SEFFACORP staff and assist them in consolidating their bank data with the use of the software. Nkong Credit for Development Savings and Loans Cooperative Society (NC4D) and others are also working with Azideriva software. For more information, go to the web site at- www.azideriva.org