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Capacity building and digital inclusion


Connect a School, Connect a Community in Gambia (9RAF10084-04)


This Project is designed to promote broadband connectivity in schools in remote, rural or underserved areas of GAMBIA, so that 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, managers of the ICT centres 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 of this Project including any emerging best practices which ITU will identify around the world.
In addition, in order to ensure a common vision and understanding of the roles of all stakeholders, a national workshop will be organized for senior Government officials and other national stakeholders, to discuss based on the implementation of this Project and the best practices identified in the ITU "Connect a School, Connect a Community" toolkit (www.connectaschool.org) future steps that the country stakeholders can take to extend connectivity at country level.
The ITU in cash contribution to this Project is funded by a donation of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, while in kind contribution is provided through direct support to this Project by ITU staff and experts.

Connect A School, Connect A Community in Tanzania (9RAF10084-02)


This Project is designed to promote broadband connectivity in schools in remote, rural or underserved areas of Tanzania, so that 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, managers of the ICT centres 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 polices, 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 of this Project including any emerging best practices which ITU will identify around the world.
In addition, in order to ensure a common vision and understanding of the roles of all stakeholders, a national workshop will be organized for Senior-Government officials and other national stakeholders, to be funded by ITU, to discuss and agree on a work plan that will guide the implementation of this Project, building on assistance provided to Tanzania in 2010 to develop a National School Connectivity Plan for Tanzania, based on the best practices identified in the ITU “Connect a School, Connect a Community” toolkit (www.connectaschool.org).
The ITU in cash contribution to this Project is funded by a donation of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, while in kind contribution is provided through direct support to this Project by the Government of Tanzania as well as by ITU staff and experts.

Global Girls in ICT Day (2GLO11069)


Information and communication technologies (ICT) are important to every aspect of our lives, making them richer and more comfortable. There are no longer any limits to a career in the ICT sector. Jobs range from traditional engineering or programming to designing new types of mobile phones or saving the environment. However, studies show that not enough young people are choosing careers in ICTs - especially not enough young women.
This project relates to ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) which calls on Member States to organize Girls in ICT days annually, every fourth Thursday in April, in order to encourage girls and young women to choose to study and work in the ICT Sector.
Under this project, Serbia and ITU aim to encourage girls and young women to choose to study and work in the ICT sector, including its expanding spectrum of ICT career options, and to provide related guidelines through the ITU Girls in ICT (www.girlsinict.org) and WITNET (witnet.org) Portals.

ITU Human and Institutional Capacity Development Project (9GLO11067)


This project aims to contribute concretely to build human and institutional capacity in developing countries by supporting the development and implementation of human and institutional capacity building programmes and activities for the benefit of the ITU membership. This shall be done through several avenues, such as development of an appropriate capacity building strategy, aligned to the priorities in the industry, the needs of the membership and the visions of the BDT management. It also seeks to develop and make available high quality Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training courses, material and related resources (for both face-to-face and distance learning training) and make them available through the ITU Academy Portal at http://academy.itu.int, the main ITU repository for telecommunication/ICT resources and training materials to build human and institutional capacity. Courses and resources will cover a wide scope of ICT-related topics — ranging from specialized training programmes for government policy makers and regulators, to professional business-focused curricula for senior ICT executives and managers, to technical and certificate-based programmes for technical and operational staff.

This project will initiate a study to review major capacity building interventions, and in particular, the Centres of Excellence and , based on this review, recommend a strategic way forward that is accompanied by defined structured processes and procedures for its implementation. The project seeks also to develop a train-the-trainers programme by conducting training sessions for front-line trainers from ITU Centres of Excellence (CoE's) and Internet Training Centres (ITCs) on how to use and deliver the courses and resources developed and made available through the ITU Portal.

Overall, this project will enable countries to develop their human capacity using the latest learning tools, targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures in order to create an inclusive information society able to capitalize on the innovative technology available to meet development needs.

Licensee Monitoring and Compliance Framework (9THA10012)


The ITU-NTC joint project of licensee monitoring and complaince aims at assisting the Office of National Telecommunications Commission (ONTC) Thailand in reviewing its existing regulatory framework with prime focus on monitoring, compliance and enforcement of licence in terms and conditions. While examining the existing framework, the project will suggest improvements in practices, recommend and develop necessary tools and reports, build the necessary human capacity and suggest reform of relevant policy and regulations for effective and efficient monitoring and compliance licensees. ITU has a long history in working with its members in the area of regulatory reform. The focus area of enabling environment was reiterated by the Membership during WTDC 2010 both in the global programs and in the Asia-Pacific regional initiatives for the period 2011-2014.
Key beneficiaries are the ONTC as well as industry and consumer of telecommunications services in Thailand. Collective case examples as a result of the implementation of this project, will be shared with National Regulatory Authorities of ITU member countries.

Promoting Transformational Power of Broadband (9RAS13046)


Broadband has been recognized for its impact on nations’ socio-economic development and achieving Millennium Development Goals. Therefore, access and usage of broadband are increasingly considered as essential prerequisites that need to be universally available to all citizens. Convergence, digitalization and change from network centric to device centric architecture has provided tremendous opportunities for creation of User Generated Content. This has enabled the possibility of participation for anyone, anywhere, anytime in the information society through socio-economic advances and improvements in entrepreneurship especially rural / remote / marginalized communities in improving quality of life.

Based on the successes and lessons learned from countries, especially Malaysia through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) which have played a critical role to promote broadband and encourage the communities at the roots for their betterment in their lives through the belief that “Everything is possible with broadband”, MCMC has captured five stories which were told in video format about how broadband transforms lives. The stories have inspired people, not only the citizens of Malaysia, but also many in other parts of the world who have seen the videos. It is demonstrated that the approach adopted by the MCMC is so productive and effective that it should be expanded to the international level with an aim to create wide impact and awareness to as many as possible.

Recognizing the common objectives, ITU and MCMC wish to initiate a contest on promoting the transformational power of broadband – “Connecting at the Roots” - which will invite applications for capturing stories about broadband and its impact to individuals and society, based on true stories.


Rehabilitation of the Information Communication Training Institute (9AFG02002)


Under this project ITU will provide expert services for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Information and Communication Training Institute (ICTI) in Kabul. This includes rehabilitation of the existing and construction of a new building, a dormitory for 120 students and other premises required for normal functioning of the Institute. The project also covers development of training programmes, including upgrading of existing and establishment of new training courses and related laboratories to meet actual and long term training needs of the country in the area of information and communication technologies. For this purpose, at least 20 instructors/ trainers will be trained abroad in training courses development and delivery in information and communication technologies. At the end of the project the ICTI in Kabul will be equipped to deliver (1) short training courses on ICT related subjects for young Afghan students (Male & Female), (2) on duty refresher courses for MoC staff, (3) two-year technician-level academic courses, and (4) academic courses in 4 years training programme for engineering levels. The project is a donation of the Government of the I. R. of Iran to the Government of Afghanistan

Rural ICT Policy Advocacy, Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing (9RAS09030)


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have agreed to collaborate to assist the Asia and Pacific Region in the design , planning, implementation and monitoring of strategies and programmes for rural ICT infrastructure development and universal service in consideration of their level of development of ICT. This collaboration is built on ADB's Rural e-Development Initiative and ITU's support the Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on Rural Communications-Infrastructure Development, which was adopted at the ITU-organized World Telecommunication Development Conference in Doha in 2006. The Project is divided into two phases namely: Phase 1 for development on case studies and policy toolkits for rural ICT development; and Phase 2 for improvement of policy environment for rural ICT development in Cambodia and Mongolia through policy analysis and recommendations, and country training programs and regional conferences.

Seminar on Universal Service Obligation in Thailand (9THA10011)


ITU and The Office of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Thailand would like to establish a partnership to strengthen human capacity building and to provide a forum for policy makers, regulators, experts and interested people to discuss various issues related to telecommunications and ICTs. To this effect this project aims to enhance the skills of TRIDI, NTC and other participants in the areas of Universal Service Obligation, ICT accessibility for Persons with Disabilities, and Broadband policy through organization of a three-day seminar in Bankok.

Strengthening the Training Capacity of the Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (7LAO12002)


Information and communication technologies (ICT) are widely recognized as key drivers of private sector investment, employment and socio-economic development. Linked to this is the critical role that capacity building plays in supporting the dynamic ICT sector, as emphasized at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS, Action line C04).
This project relates to Regional Initiative 1 of Asia-Pacific: Unique ICT needs of least developed countries, small island developing states and landlocked countries (Resolution 17, WTDC-10), which aims at providing special assistance to meet the priority ICT requirements of these countries.
Under this project, Lao PDR aims at strengthening its local human and institutional capacity as it relates to the country’s telecommunication/ICT sector, through review and improvement/upgrade of the educational and training programs, facilities and faculty of Lao PDR’s Institute of Posts and Telecommunications.

Support for the Establishment of Harmonized Policies for the ICT Market in the ACP (7GLO08061)


This project is being implemented under three separate sub-projects in order to customize it to the needs of each region:
• Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub-Sahara Africa (HIPSSA);
• Enhancing competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures (HIPCAR);
• Capacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for Pacific Island Countries (ICB4PAC).

Youth Education Scheme (9GLO05055)


The Youth Education Scheme (YES) is a scholarship project of the ITU-D "Children and Youth" Special Initiative, in support of needy and deserving young people, from LDCs and developing countries who wish to complete their tertiary education in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and related fields.
Youth Education Scheme scholarship project cover tuition fees (registration, studies and examination), up to a maximum of ten thousands US dollars (US$10,000).
The objective is to enable young people to contribute to the development of their communities, country and region using their achieved ICT knowledge and skills.