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:
The miss.africa programme 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 overall self-esteem. It was inspired mainly by the DNS Women’s group of ICANN. The “Miss.Africa” program is envisioned as one of the central pillars of DCA’s corporate social responsibility program and was first launched and publicized during the ICANN gala event in Singapore and continued in Dakar. It is aimed at attracting more young girls and women to the Internet platform to enable them form a sizable demographic of Internet users in Africa, thereby involving them in complementary gender development initiatives that improve the lives of young girls and women.
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.