The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) will host its first annual "ICTs and Civil Society" conference and exhibition from 1-3 March 2005 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. Although many local conferences these days focus on ICT-related issues, very little dedicated attention is given to the relevance of ICTs to the CSO sector.

Since its inception in 1987, SANGONeT has been at the forefront of providing information communication technology (ICT) services to Southern African civil society organisations (CSOs), including non- governmental organisations (NGOs), trade unions, donor and other development agencies.

Given the ever-increasing interest in and importance of ICT issues to the CSO sector, the conference will focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date.

This event will provide an opportunity to both CSOs that are ICT-enabled, as well as those organisations which are considering introducing ICT solutions to their work, to discuss critical issues of common concern and learn from one another's experiences.

Refer to the conference website below for the draft conference programme and registration information.

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