WSIS Forum 2017 will be held from 12–16 June 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. More info.

Sudan and GDCO Sudan Strong Partnership for Sustainable Development

GDCO Sudan/ NIC, NTC/ Gedaref University/ Sudacad/

Gedaref digital city organization (GDCO) is a civil society in Gedaref Sudan. It is part of the Telecentres movement.  GDCO is a win-win people, public, private partnership (PPPP) for community development through ICT founded in partnership with the digital city of Eindhoven (Netherlands) and supported by many partners. National Information Center (NIC) is a government unit in the Ministry of communications and information technology and it is responsible for an e-government program in Sudan. Sudacad (Sudatel) is a private company for high quality training and capacity building accredited and certified by ITU.  Gedaref university is strong partner for GDCO and Gezira University is a promising new partner for GDCO. 

The workshop will illustrate how those partners in Sudan work together to implement and achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030.Telecentres are strong tools for eradication of the resources of illiteracy and improve the quality of education at reduced costs through ICT.



Eng. Ahmed Abdalla Daffala (Sudacad)

Speakers / panellists
  • Eng. Ahmed Eisa chair of GDCO Sudan
  • Eng. Mohamed Abdraheim the director general of National Information Centre NIC
  • Dr. Sami Eldirdiri the technical manager of GDCO telemedicine project @ Gedaref University
  • Dr. Ahmed Hassan director general of Sudacad
  • Eng. Nabil Eid (MENA Moderator) remote participant
  • Prof. Fadl Elmola Abdallah Idris director of distance learning council Gezira University
Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • C4. Capacity building
  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • C6. Enabling environment
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-government
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-agriculture
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-science
  • C11. International and regional cooperation

There is big digital divide in Sudan between rural-urban, women- men, able- disabled people. There are more than 3 million out of schoolchildren. Women are a more vulnerable group to poverty and illiteracy and they are not equally connected. Gedaref University has an e-Infrastructure problem.  More than 16 % of the population are people with disability and they are very poor and they cannot afford to access the ICT. These challenges forced GDCO with its partners to find ways to tackle them.   
  GDCO developed many e-services community projects and is working on the second phase of
1- e-Agriculture 
a- working on connecting the geographical coordinates of farms to satellites
b- developing an online crop market even for illiterate farmers (cloud computing)
2- Development of telemedicine partnership between Sri-Ramachandra university (India) and Gedaref University plus 4 other universities, health academy and hospitals to train medical staff and final medical students.  Online consultation and physical treatment of our sick people in India
3- Connecting people with disability and constructing the first digital deaf school (fully computerized) in sudan, that will include other people with disability
4- Empowering women and girls through ICT and extending the out schoolchildren project to another rural areas

Link to the Sustainable Development Process
  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

session is linked to many of the 17th sustainable goals

WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland