Friday, June 25, 2004

The core of CawdNet - Meet the people at the centre of the network

This section introduces people at the core of CawdNet.
They are introduced in approximate "order of appearance" - i.e the order in which they got involved with CawdNet. People on this list are all in "direct" contact with Pam by email, although that may mean a considerable journey to the nearest cyber cafe.

Agnita Oyawale.
- Founder member, with her late husband Peter Adetunji Oyawale, of the organisation that started things off - "CAWD" - the Committee for African Welfare and Development. More details on
- Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Charity that has evolved from the original CAWD. "CAWD" is now "Charity for African Welfare and Development" Registration number 1104228
- Lives in UK.

Pamela McLean
- Originally part of CAWD (the Committee)
- Convenor of CawdNet and first point of contact
- Brings people together who have shared interests
- Helps CawdNet activists to access information
- Raises profile of CawdNet on the Internet
- Knows Cawdnet core people well and is familiar with many of the locations in Nigeria
- A Cawd Volunteer
- Secretary of CAWD (the charity)
- Lives in UK.

Chief Gbade Adejumo
- Chairman and founder member of Oke-Ogun Community Development Network (ODCN – previously known as OOCD 2000+) More details on
- Active in various other community groups including Rural Searchlight (RUSEL, a small micro-credit and training organisation in Oke-Ogun) For more details see the archives of the newsletter oocd2000plus. To subscribe visit
- Currently serving on the Civil Service Commission of Oyo State. The Commission is responsible for the appointment, promotion and discipline of civil servants in the state
- Lives in Okeho (Oke-Ogun), and Ibadan (state capital) – both in Oyo State.

David Mutua
- VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) volunteer 2002-2004
- As OCDN project manager – responsible for opening and managing the first OCDN InfoCentre in Ago-Are and for preparing set-up of Isseyin and Okeho InfoCentres
- Major responsibilities in VSO’s HIV/AIDS programme in SW Nigeria
- Following VSO, all being well, and after a holiday in Kenya, David will return to Nigeria as CawdNet’s first paid member of staff. His role will be:
- Supporting OCDN in its next stage of development
- Managing joint projects with other CawdNet members
- First point of contact for Nigerians and visitors from overseas.
- Home is in Kenya, in Nigeria he is based in Ago-Are and Ibadan.

Victoria Adetona
- Founder and director of Rural Searchlight (RUSEL, a micro-credit and training organisation in Oke-Ogun)
- International prize winner for women’s innovation: see oocd2000plus newsletter archives, to subscribe visit
- Particular interest in use of Yoruba
- Advising OCDN’s women’s group in Ago-Are on micro-credit
- Based in Isemi-Ile, Oke-Ogun

Lorraine Duff
- Cawd Volunteer
- Helps Pam in various ways
- Sources information for CawdNet internal use and for Special Interest Groups
- CAWD treasurer
- Lives in UK

John Dada
- Director of Fantsuam Foundation (FF):
- FF was founded in 1996
- Active in Kaduna state and adjoining states
- Pioneering gender - and youth - focussed microfinance and ICT services in communities in rural Nigeria. See
- FF has achieved international recognition for its pioneering work
- John is based in Kafanchan, Kaduna state

Mujidat Lawal and Tobi Ajayi
- Infomediaries linking Ago-Are to Cawd Volunteers
- Muji is employed at the InfoCentre
- Muji and Tobi prepare emails on behalf of the InfoCentre team and representatives of Special Interest Groups
- Tobi visits the cyber café in the neighbouring town of Saki once a week to send and receive emails
- Based in Ago-Are

Welcome to CawdNet - New visitors please come here first

Welcome to CawdNet (or, if you are a Yoruba speaker, “Ekaabo”)

CawdNet is:
- Active in Nigeria - at grassroots level.
- Networking on the Internet – through volunteer support.
- Enabling welfare and development initiatives – by working with others
- Creating "digital information footpaths” - where infrastructure is lacking

We seek contacts from anyone with an interest in development including
- Individuals, of any age, to join our volunteers or help with fundraising
- Projects seeking research or development partners.
- Donors large or small, for our charitable projects.
- Investors/business contacts for some of our sustainable projects.
- Innovators looking for field-testing or showcasing opportunities.
- Post-graduate students planning fieldwork
- People who simply want to learn more about the realities of rural Africa.
- Organisations who want to be more closely connected to the grassroots
Some background and some links
CawdNet takes its name from CAWD (The Committee for African Welfare and Development). The CAWD website gives the story up until Sept 2001

The story continues through the oocd2000plus newsletter. The newsletter takes its name from Oke-Ogun Community Development (OOCD) Agenda 2000plus – the first project of what is now CawdNet. To subscribe go to

At first we were simply the OOCD team, but as the work grew, and there were more collaborations, and we were working with people outside of Oke-Ogun, we needed a group identity for collaborative ventures, hence CawdNet.

Welcome. If you have an interest in some aspect of development, and you think your interests overlap those of CawdNet, please contact me. I’m Pam and I help to bring people together, share information, and generally move things along. Email me at
As the blog develops I hope you will be able to explore CawdNet in a variety of ways:
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
- Geographical locations
- Areas of concern
- Groups involved
- History
- Objectives
- MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)
- The team
- Friends of CawdNet
- ICT in development
If you have any questions please ask me and I will get appropriate information to you, and so, gradually, onto the blog.