Integrating Modern and Traditional ICTs for Community Development

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  • Subject: Integrating Modern and Traditional ICTs for Community Development
  • From: "Irfan Khan" <KhanIA@super.net.pk>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 23:55:25 +0500
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    • [this is further to my e-mail of 30 Nov 2000]
      
      Integrating Modern and Traditional ICTs for Community Development
      
      
      December 18, 2000 - "Integrating Modern and Traditional Information 
      and Communication Technologies for Community Development", is the 
      theme of an International Seminar addressing the digital divide in 
      some of the world's poorest communities, that will be held from 22 to 
      27 January 2001 in Kothhmale, Sri Lanka. Due to the strong interest 
      shown world-wide in Radio Kotmale's use of Internet with community 
      broadcasting, its pioneering "radio-browsing" programmes and its 
      multimedia community database for development, this event is being 
      held within a development project environment, at a conference 
      facility near the village of Kotmale itself. 
      
      The event meeting is intended to be the first international pooling 
      of project experience in this an innovative area which many believe 
      offers the "missing link" in efforts to eradicate poverty: the 
      harnessing of new information and communication technologies together 
      with community media (especially radio) for community development and 
      empowerment.
      
      The two-part meeting is organized as follows: will consist of two 
      parts:
      
      - In a four-day workshop from 22-25 January, some 20 managers and 
      project co-ordinators from community radios and telecentres in Asia, 
      Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean will discuss case studies and 
      models, exchange experiences, views, strategies and techniques for 
      the successful integration of the full spectrum of communication and 
      information technologies at community level. 
      
      - At the two-day round-table meeting on 26-27 January, international 
      partners representing including national development agencies and , 
      IGOs and international governmental and non-governmental 
      organizationsNGOs, will engage the project managers in discussions on 
      criteria for models of best practice, on partnership strategies and 
      programme development. From this process will be drawn a set of 
      project models and guidelines for ensuring full community 
      appropriation of NICTs, offering strategies for sustainability, 
      networking and technical support systems that development workers in 
      this field can draw on and apply in project development.
      
      This meeting comes within the framework of the Global Knowledge 
      Partnership's Action Plan, for which UNESCO washas been asked to take 
      the "champion" role for Action Item 1.3. The GKP approach emphasises 
      coalitions for development and many GKP partners will be present in 
      Kothmale. 
      
      The Kothmale meeting is particularly timely, as the GKP is to 
      undertake the consultative process on the information and 
      communication issues under consideration by the G-8's Digital 
      Opportunities Taskforce (DOT.force). The meeting will contribute to 
      the global dialogue on 'bridging the digital divide', as emphasised 
      in the Okinawa Charter, through its efforts to:
      
      "Actively facilitate discussions with developing countries, 
      international organizations and other stakeholders to promote 
      international co-operation with a view to fostering policy, 
      regulatory and network readiness; improving connectivity, increasing 
      access and lowering cost; building human capacity; and encouraging 
      participation in global e-commerce networks"
      
      The meeting aims to encourage public authorities and the 
      international community to harness their efforts to bridge the 
      digital divide at community level through solidarity and cooperation 
      which supports:
      
      - the development and use of the full range of ICTs appropriate for 
      grass-roots use, especially linking community radio and the Internet 
      
      - the production, translation and sharing of content and development-
      oriented applications 
      
      - the implementation of pilot projects corresponding to different 
      cultural and development situations 
      
      - the inventorying, evaluation and exchange of experience at the 
      national and international levels 
      
      - appropriate national policies and environments to encourage 
      community action and cooperation, on the basis of successful models.
      
      Due to the strong interest shown world-wide in Radio Kothhmale's use 
      of the Internet with community broadcasting, its pioneering "radio-
      browsing" programmes and its multimedia community database for 
      development, the event is being held within a development project 
      environment, at a conference facility near the village of Kothhmale 
      itself. 
      
      On the occasion of the Seminar, UNESCO will launch its new programme 
      for Community Multimedia Centres, which combine community 
      broadcasting with ICTs. 
      
      The seminar is organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Information and 
      the Media of the Government of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka 
      Broadcasting Corporation in association with the Kothmale Internet 
      Project of Kothmale Community Radio.
       
       
       
       
       Related Links 
      - Kothmale: (Internet Radio in Sri Lanka) 
      [http://www.unesco.org/webworld/netaid/com/sri_lanka.html ]
      
      - UNESCO Multipurpose Community Telecentres 
      [http://www.unesco.org/webworld/public_domain/mct.html ]
      
      - Global Knowledge Partnership [http://www.globalknowledge.org/ ]
       
      
      
      [source: http://www.unesco.org/webworld/news/001218_kothhmale.shtml ]