The first wave of telecentres in Africa started in the late 1990s in Mali, Uganda, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa. It was the aftermath of the first ever Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) conference in Toronto, Canada and the rise of digital divide initiatives. The telecentre approach presented an opportunity for addressing the digital divide and spur social development in developing countries.
A telecentre is a public place where people can access information and communication tools like radios, computers, Internet and other technologies that help in gathering information and communication with others. While each telecentre is different, the common focus is on the use of technologies to support community and social development