The Dirk Award Committee was honored to announce Ungana-Afrika as
the 2005 winner of the Dirk Award.
Rudi von Staden and Toni Eliasz accepted the 2005 award on
behalf of Ungana-Afrika during the World Summit on Information
Society in Tunis, Tunisia.
Ungana-Afrika provides innovative technology support to NGOs
in Southern Africa. Ungana-Afrika believes that information
and communication technologies (ICTs) offer new opportunities
for African community-based and development organizations to
do what they do better.
With its emphasis on technology, social justice, and community
empowerment, the small staff of Ungana-Afrika has taken the
principles of eRiding to innovative new levels with its trainings
and capacity-building workshops and innovative projects such
as those focusing on community radio and free and open source
software within an African context.
Ungana-Afrika further works tirelessly to assure that the
eRiding model takes hold in the Southern Africa region by working
with other organizations in the region on developing their
own eRiding projects. It makes its learnings and materials
widely available under Creative Commons license and its staff
are active community participants in the international eRider
Network. The organisation is supported by Soros Foundations
Network and the Government of Finland.
eRiders are one of the largest global resources of ICT capacity
building for development organizations and work in a world-wide
movement with growing representation in more than 20 countries.
The Committee of previous Dirk Award recipients and the global
eRider and nonprofit technology support community congratulate
Ungana-Afrika and its staff Toni Eliasz, Ryan Jacobs, Angel
Kgokolo, Tshepo Thlaku, and Rudi von Staden for visionary and