Aside from the “Yes2dotAfrica campaign” Trust program, which has been widely successful, DCA has already undertaken initiatives under its Trust program where it seeks to reinvest surplus of the registry business in socio-technological development projects significant to the Pan-Africa and African constituency. This is intended to build a successful program that can benefit Africa’s youths and women in ICT.
The trust programs include the following:
he Miss.Africa Digital Program is a gender-focused initiative targeted mainly at female youth audiences in Africa to increase their personal involvement in early technology use and adoption with a view to improving their digital self-awareness and empowerment, and bridging the economic divide through employment and/or entrepreneurship.
It is envisioned as one of the central pillars of DotConnectAfrica Trust’s corporate social responsibility program, to attract a sizable women and girls demographic of Internet users in Africa in complementary gender development initiatives that improve the lives through digital inclusion.
Led by the DCA Academy, the Miss.Africa Digital also announced the annual Seed Fund program in Africa that provides grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase their digital opportunities in IoTs, Mobile Internet, E-Commerce, Digital Marketing and leadership roles. The Seed Fund program is interested in learning about successful activities that are currently supporting women and girls in STEM, and through this effort, we identify how we might support scalability and their impacts.
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Generation.africa is a youth focused program launched by DCA to empower a new generation of Internet users in Africa using its generation.africa theme. It is intended to target different youth audiences and encourage them to be involved in discussions that define and increase their common stake-holding in the development and evolution of the Internet and how this affects them.
DCA Digital Academy
DCA Digital Academy was established to provide training on various topics, all related to the Internet – from how to effectively use it, to its governance – so as to increase Internet literacy in Africa. This project, in conjunction with other DCA’s projects, is aimed at achieving the organization’s objective of advancing education in information technology to the African society.
The DCA Digital Academy provides the tools and skills to foster leadership, entrepreneurships and also connecting youth and women to innovation highways, this way Africa can be part of the foundations of a developed technologically aware society.
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DCA has noted that African ccTLDs are at a great disadvantage and have stagnated for a very long period of time. DCA’s DotAfrica initiative has strongly advocated for African ccTLDs and proposed to work with them based on a beneficial cross-marketing scheme that would help grow the base of user registrations and also improve the technologies and businesses of the African ccTLDs.