News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 109 on 10 May 2002

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SENEGAL’S JOKO CLUBS FIND BIG TRAINING DEMAND FROM ILLITERATE SMALL TRADERS

10 May 2002

Senegal’s Joko Club was launched in August last year with high-profile celebrity support and corporate backing. Almost one year on, it’s time for a progress report. Lisa Carney, who was involved in helping set up the project, reports on who is using it and why.   When Youssou Ndour announced the Joko initiative in Senegal, one of his main messages to the Senegalese population was that the Internet is not just for elite users. In fact, the Joko slogan in Wolof is Joko, nok o bok ­ literally translating as "link up ­ the Internet is for everyone." There was…