About Ungana-Afrika > History
Ungana-Afrika was born from the reality
that those who have access to technology solutions can benefit
from the development opportunities they create, while those
who don't are further segregated by a growing "Digital
Divide." Development organisations that assist Africa's
youth and disadvantaged people, or work to improve problematic
socio-economic and political systems are especially affected
by the Digital Divide. Their work is critical for the development
of Africa yet they lack the capacity and support to reap
the benefits and opportunities offered by ICTs.
In 2002, OSISA
(Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa) and AIESEC
(the world's largest student organisation) joined in a partnership
to provide information and communication technology support
to development organisations in Southern Africa. Initially
entitled the "Digital Divide Program," this partnership
placed skilled interns within numerous non-profits. Later,
in 2003, it became clear that the eRider model of mobile
consulting (which was proven successful in other parts of
the world) could produce even greater support results. As
a result, the vision created by OSISA and AIESEC has now
merged with that of the growing eRider community in the
form of Ungana-Afrika.
In mid-2004, Ungana-Afrika registered as
an independent non-profit organisation in South Africa.
Ungana-Afrika still draws upon the strong support of OSISA
and AIESEC and is funded primarily by OSISA. See the supporters
page for more details.