We are excited to announce that Africa Rural Connect (ARC), an online project launched last summer by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), has received this year’s Interactive Media Award™ (IMA) for Outstanding Achievement under the category "agriculture." This is the second highest honor bestowed by IMA.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for the planning and execution of a very creative online community,” saya Molly Mattessich, NPCA's Manager of Online Initiatives. “We hope this recognition will draw even more people to the site to submit their ideas and engage in a discussion on how to help rural Africa.”
Now in its second year, ARC is an online community hosted by NPCA that encourages the remixing of ideas to spur collaboration and develop new ways to help solve rural Africa's greatest challenges. The site is powered by an innovative software program called Wegora, which allows users to read and remix each other's ideas at a press of a button.
The IMAs are issued by the Interactive Media Council and recognize the highest standards of excellence in Web site design and development. Judges evaluate each Web site on five different criteria including design, content, feature functionality, standards compliance and usability and those that receive the highest scores are considered for an award.
“Africa Rural Connect is a growing online community that’s already generated hundreds of innovative ideas to help address rural issues facing farmers like food insecurity and lack of water resources,” adds Mattessich.”Receiving an award like this from leading professionals in the industry is a testimony to our commitment to bring together returned volunteers, the African diaspora and anyone who has lived and worked in Africa to come together and share their knowledge and ideas.”