One way to tackle this problem is to have country-based or regional information and knowledge sharing networks. The Ghana Information and Knowledge Sharing Network (GINKS) is a good example of this approach. It streamline all disjointed ICT projects, initiatives and programs in a way that provides solutions to challenges and problems in the Ghana ICT environment.
The whole purpose of GINKS is to create a structure through which all relevant Ghana ICT initiatives will be facilitated. As a network, it will:
- Commission research on ICTs and development;
- Publish an influential on-line and off-line quarterly newsletter;
- Organise and participate in workshops, seminars and fora on ICT4D related themes;
- Undertake activities and programmes to generate and source for funds in aid of the network;
- Form strategic partnerships and build networks with organisations and institutions;
- Provide a united front for advocacy on ICTs for development themes and issues.
So far the activities of GINKS include:
- Interactions with rural communities to identify development partners who will work with GINKS to address the information needs of local communities;
- Co-organising monthly seminars on ICT4D issues with BusyInternet called the cyberseries
- An online space for networking through the GINKS mailing list and GINKS portal;
- Co–organising information exchange events with development partners for members of the network with other stakeholder participation;
- Working with organisations such as ITAfrica.org to generate and disseminate local ICT4D content.