Arab Center for Information Society Statistics (ACISS) (CALL-40)
The project seeks to enable policy makers in Arab countries to take informed decisions on national ICT policies and strategies, and to encourage and facilitate private investment in the ICT sector, by enhancing the availability of comparable data and indicators on information society developments in the Arab region. In order to achieve this objective, this project proposes to create an Arab Center for Information Society Statistics (ACISS) which will serve as the main regional hub for ICT data and analysis. The ACISS will be closely linked to the ITU Global Observatory for the Information Society and be responsible for the implementation of its activities in the Arab region. The implementation of the project will be carried out by ITU in cooperation with other relevant stakeholder in the area of ICT data and statistics, including members of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, and will build on existing national and regional initiatives.
Broadband Networks (CALL-23)
The objective of the project is to provide low cost digital access to public institutions including schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations including those in rural and remote areas in the Arab States by development and implementation of broadband connectivity and ICT applications.
e-Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in the Arab States (CALL-39)
This project "e-Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in the Arab Region" aims to ensure that accessible information and communications technologies (ICTs) and ICT services are available and affordable for persons with disabilities in the Arab region so they may be used to ensure an inclusive education and provide job opportunities for persons with disabilities in line with WSIS Declaration of Principles & Action Plan with the Tunis Commitment, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Articles 9, 24, 27 and 32 as well as the UNESCO Salamanca Statement and Framework for Action on Special Needs Education.
The main areas of activity include:
1. Development of national e-accessibility policies and regulations for every country in the Arab region; development of model voluntary codes of conduct for ICT service providers in the Arab region and the provision of related capacity building to government and industry stakeholders to implement these policies, regulations and codes. National policies and regulations to cover accessible television, mobile phones and services, web sites, applications and social networks.
2. Development of an open source text-to-speech engine in Arabic for screen readers for websites and mobile phones.
3. Provision of training to government agencies on making their websites accessible for persons with disabilities and training on the role of public procurement in fostering a market for accessible ICTs.
4. Provision of training of Persons with Disabilities on the use of accessible ICTs for employment.
5. Provision of training to teachers on the use of accessible ICTs for inclusive education.
6. Capacity Building for Disabled Persons Organization (DPOs) and National Disability Councils ( NDCs).
7. Data Collection.
e-Government for Arab States Region Software (CALL-28)
The main goal of the project is to assist Arab States Region by implementing secure e-Government services and applications to further assist countries in providing efficient public services delivery while improving the lives of citizens and to facilitate secure inter-government operations.
Establishment of a Network to Support Open-Source Software (CALL-27)
This project is part of the Arab Regional Initiative for "Open Source Software" (hereafter referred to as "FOSS') development. The project aims to establish a network of open source software support centers in the Arab region. Open source software development in the Arab region has lagged other regions. ITU support for open source software centers will help the Arab countries to utilize FOSS for ICT development as many other developing countries have done. The center main activities will be to disseminate FOSS and manage a portal to provide FOSS users with a link to FOSS resources and relevant news in the Arabic language. The center will also provide e-learning to potential FOSS users. The project will be implemented in close cooperation between ITU/ARO and partner.
Establishment of Training Centres in Linux Curricula and Certification (CALL-42)
The introduction of open-source curriculum courses and industry-recognised certification, specifically Linux skills in this project, will enhance the training offerings of the ITU, through the Internet training centre initiative, to Member countries.
In keeping with the WSIS outcomes as well as the WTDC resolutions, this project supports both the Arab regional initiative for “open source software” development and the crucial aspect of capacity building for development. This project leverages formal training and certification in Linux skills to enhance employability of the participants as a means to technological empowerment of an individual towards economic and social development of a country.
Human Capacity Building in the Arab Region (CALL-38)
The aim of this project is to strengthen the Human and Institutional capacity of the countries in the Arab Region, in order to maximize the benefits of ICTs for socio-economic development. The project will build on already existing Human Capacity Building interventions such as the Centre of Excellence, the Internet Training Centre initiative and others, with a view to forge synergies and avoid overlaps. This will be achieved through the strengthening of a self-sustainable capability to provide relevant, high quality training and capacity building for the region.
All Institutions will work regionally and complement each other in order to best create a critical mass of courses, thus setting up a sound and self-sustainable capacity building environment in the Arab region. Training areas will be guided by the priorities reflected in the Arab Regional Initiatives and the projects emanating therefrom.
The project also aims to create a pervasive e-learning culture throughout the entire Region. Therefore, the project will provide the necessary resources to achieve this objective.
Internet Exchange Points (IXPs): Keeping Local Internet Traffic Local (CALL-24)
The project will contribute towards the building of strong Internet Connectivity in all countries of the Arab region. The overall aim is to provide affordable Internet access and connectivity through the implementation of national and regional Internet exchange points plus any other critical infrastructure identified by the partners during the project’s implementation, including technical, policy and regulatory capacity building.
IPv4-IPv6 Transition for Developing Countries (CALL-37)
The main goal of the project is to assist Member States by supporting smooth and well managed transition from IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) to IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) by appropriated infrastructure, services and applications deployments, raising awareness trough conducting trainings and workshops.
National CIRT Establishment (CALL-25)
The main goal of the project is to assist Arab States to establish its national CIRT (Computer Incident Response Team), to serve as a trusted, central coordination point of contact for cybersecurity, aimed at identifying, defending, responding and managing cyber threats.
Support for Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting (CALL-26)
The project "Support for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the Arab States" is designed to assist Arab States in the smoothly transitioning from analogue to digital broadcasting through the development and promotion of harmonized guidelines (policy and regulatory, economic, market and business development, and technologies and networks issues) for the development and implementation of roadmaps for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting , development of a toolkit for broadcasting policies and regulations, as well as human and institutional capacity building, and provide the necessary frequency plans, transmitters, antennae, set top boxes, studio equipment.
The project will address the regulatory, political, technological and economic challenges which the beneficiary countries will face and support them in implementing the transition. It will bring together governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, regional and international organizations dealing with broadcasting.