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Digital Divide Resource Kit

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  • Cisco Least Developed Countries Initiative
    At the G-8 Summit In July, 2000, Cisco Systems announced that it will work with its strategic partners - the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development's Leland Initiative - to extend the Cisco Networking Academy Program to 24 of the world's 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) . With this initiative, Cisco will partner for the first time with the United Nations Secretary General's new initiative UNITeS and the United Nations Volunteers to implement the program and expand the range of information and communication technologies available within LDCs". Cisco and UNDP are also joint founding member of Netaid.


  • Hewlett Packard E-Inclusion
    A new business strategy of Hewlett Packard. Its purpose is to broaden access to the social and economic opportunities in developing countries, thus extending the company's focus to traditionally excluded markets, with an emphasis on sustainable business ventures that benefit the rural poor in Africa, Asia, central and eastern Europe and Latin America. It focuses on five key areas :

    1. e-health - internet access and other technology tools to assist health care providers in diagnostics and collaboration;
    2. on-line education and training programmes to help create pools of skilled workers;
    3. employment - applying technology to find, secure and perform work online;
    4. e-markets - broadening access to markets and pricing information that will enable local dealers to sell products over the internet at fair market value;
    5. e-money - providing individuals and small businesses with easy, low-cost access to crete an digital economy.



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