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Projects : Regional Initiatives

In order to strengthen the implementation and execution of projects on ICTs for development at national, regional and global levels, the ITU has a dedicated team of project specialists who can be reached at field offices and headquarter.

Regional Initiatives

Considering the outcome of the (WTDC-10) and Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-10) such as the strengthening of the executing agency role of ITU, the strengthening of regional presence and the need to seek new funding mechanisms, partnerships for accelerating telecommunication and ICT development, amongst others, the regionally approved initiatives determine a broad framework of priority areas to be addressed within each of the six regions i.e. Americas, CIS, Asia-Pacific, Arab Region, Africa and Europe.

Under the approved regional initiatives the ITU-D is expected to implement large-scale projects that require partnership with public, private, international, regional, national, technical and financial actors. For more details, please see the WTDC-10 Resolution 17 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010).

Establishment of a Cybersecurity Innovation Centre for the Arab Region
7OMA13005

Brief Description:

Within the framework of the collaboration between ITU and the International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), (ITU-IMPACT initiative) and, in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Agreement signed on 15 December 2012 between the Information Technology Authority of the Sultanate of Oman and the International Telecommunication Union, the main goal of the project is to setup a Cybersecurity Innovation Centre for the Arab Region, with the support of Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman represented by Oman CERT (OCERT). This setup will not only provide a better reach for ITU’s cybersecurity related initiatives in the region but will also enhance the capacity, capability, readiness, skills and knowledge in the areas of Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Human Capacity Building for the Arab Region. The Cyber security Innovation Centre will be hosted by OCERT, in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

Beneficiary Countries:
Arab States : Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros (Union of the), Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
From 2013
until 2016
Funding Partners:
ITU (ICT-DF)
Oman
Financial Scale (in CHF): More than 1'000'000

Broadband Wireless Network - Djibouti
7RAF08073-03

Brief Description:

The outputs of this project include:
1. Deployment of wireless broadband infrastructure in Djibouti;
2. Development of ICT applications;
3. Training local experts on the operation of deployed wireless communication networks;
4. Development of national ICT broadband network plans for the entire territory of Djibouti that will deliver free or low cost digital access for schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations in rural and remote areas;
5. Development of an impact assessment report;
6. Quarterly and final reporting to the Foundation, consistent with terms of Grant Agreement.

Remark: the documents attached to this project are available in French

Beneficiary Countries:
Arab States : Djibouti
From 2011
until 2014
Funding Partners:
ITU (from project 7RAF08073)
Financial Scale (in CHF): 500'000 - 1'000'000

ICT Indicators and Capacity Building for Measuring in Arab Region
2RAB10021

Brief Description:

This project aims at establishing effective and efficient mechanisms at the Arab region to collect, analyze and disseminate ICT indicators.

Beneficiary Countries: Arab States
From 2010
until 2011
Funding Partners:
ITU (OP)
MCIT Egypt
Financial Scale (in CHF): 500'000 - 1'000'000

Phase II Connect A School, Connect A Community Toolkit
9RAB09018

Brief Description:

This project aims at promoting broadband school connectivity so that schools can be used as community ICT centres that ensure ICT access and use by all people, including those in rural areas, marginal urban areas and isolated areas, with a particular focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable groups such as women and girls, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and youth and children, by identifying best practices on school connectivity related to technology options for connecting schools, running school-based ICT centres and equipping schools with assistive technology for persons with disabilities through the development of an Online Toolkit Platform, Modules and training for ICT and education policy makers and regulators.

Beneficiary Countries:
From 2009
until 2013
Funding Partners:
Saudi Arabia
Financial Scale (in CHF): 100'000 - 500'000

Connect a School, Connect a Community Initiative in the State of Palestine Project II
7PLS14004

Brief Description:

This Project is designed to promote broadband connectivity in schools located in remote, rural or underserved areas of the State of Palestine. Building on the Connect a School, Connect a Community Initiative, this Project aims to improve ICT access and use by school children.

This Project will connect schools to broadband Internet services, provide individual or shared computing devices to school children, and establish in the connected schools community ICT centres that can be used both for the socio-economic development of community members and to provide fee-paying services to foster sustainability for the community ICT centres. Furthermore, this Project will also provide relevant training for teachers and the trainers who will provide socio-economic relevant training for community members to enable use of ICTs in their day-to-day social and economic activities.

Best practices in promoting school connectivity related to policies, regulation, applications, services and practical experiences included in the ITU “Connect a School, Connect a Community” Toolkit (www.connectaschool.org) will be used in the implementation (...)

Beneficiary Countries:
Arab States : State of Palestine
From 2014
until 2016
Funding Partners:
ITU (ICT-DF)
United Arab Emirates
Financial Scale (in CHF): 100'000 - 500'000

Connect a School, Connect a Community in the State of Palestine
2PLS13003

Brief Description:

This Project is designed to promote broadband connectivity in schools located in remote, rural or underserved areas of the State of Palestine, so that such schools can be used as community ICT centres (CICs). This Project aims to improve ICT access and use by school children and members of the local community, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups such as women and girls, indigenous and rural people, older persons and persons with disabilities.

This Project will connect schools to broadband Internet services, provide individual or shared computing devices to school children, and establish in the connected schools community ICT centres that can be used both for the socio-economic development of community members and to provide fee-paying services to foster sustainability for the community ICT centres. Furthermore, this Project will also provide relevant training for teachers and the trainers who will provide socio-economic relevant training for community members to enable use of ICTs in their day-to- day social and economic activities.

Best practices in promoting school connectivity related to policies, regulation, applications, services and practical ex (...)

Beneficiary Countries:
Arab States : State of Palestine
From 2013
until 2015
Funding Partners:
ITU
MTIT
Financial Scale (in CHF): 100'000 - 500'000

Translation & Arabization of ICT Terminology
2RAB09020

Brief Description:

ITU produces handbooks and guidelines which were/are translated into Arabic by companies external to the ITU. ICT terminology used by these companies sometimes differs to a great extent which implies some confusion or misunderstanding among specialists using such ITU products. Due to the fact that Arabic language is widely spread in the Arab countries and in some other countries, it is important to unify, align, harmonize and, if necessary, translate the terminology of the ITU-T, ITU-R and ITU-D. Recommendations and publications produced over the past five years, thus, creating an integrated database that is/will be updated and improved, and that will be used for compiling English-French-Arabic dictionary as an online service, CD-Roms and printed version. It is a fact, that the lack of commonly agreed upon terminologies within the Arab region impacts negatively on the spread of ICTs, as well as on education in the region.

Beneficiary Countries: Arab States
From 2009
until 2011
Funding Partners:
ITU (OP)
Syrian Computer Society (SCS)
Financial Scale (in CHF): 100'000 - 500'000

Memory of the Arab World Project
ARB-12-01

Brief Description:

The Hyderabad Action Plan includes regional initiatives that should help achieve economic of scale in ICT development. During the WTDC-10 preparatory process, each region grouped its initiatives and selected the top projects that best met its particular priorities. WTDC-10 adopted 28 initiatives. The BDT regular budget provides seeds money that will be used to attract extrabudgetary funding from development partners. "Arab Digital Content" is one of the 5 initiatives for the Arab Region, and "Memory of the Arab World" is one of the designated project to achieve this initiative. This project aims at documenting and collecting the Arab heritage in addition to making it available on the internet.

Beneficiary Countries:
From 2012
until 2013
Funding Partners:
Beneficiary countries
ITU
MCIT
Financial Scale (in CHF): Less than 100'000

Facilitating the Registration of Arab Top Level Domains
7RAB12023

Brief Description:

Taking into consideration ITU PP10, Resolution 133 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) on the Role of administrations of Member States in the management of internationalized (multilingual) domain names, WTDC-10 Regional Initiatives, and a request from the Arab Telecommunication and Information Council of Ministers, this project financinces the registration of theArab Top Level Domains by ICANN. This Arab Top Level Domains will contribute to the development of Arabic digital content.

Beneficiary Countries:
Arab States : Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros (Union of the), Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
From 2012
until 2013
Funding Partners:
ITU
Financial Scale (in CHF):