Least Developed Countries Initiative

Details of the organization
Cisco Systems
International
Business sector entities

Information about the project
Least Developed Countries Initiative
In July 2000, following the G-8 Summit, Cisco Systems, Inc., United Nations Development Program, the US Agency for International Development (Leland Initiative/EDDI), and United Nations Volunteers (UNITeS), announced the formation of a strategic partnership to help train students in the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for jobs in the Internet economy. The Initiative has expanded to include 39 of the world’s 50 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), plus 10 non-LDC participating countries in Africa. In 2003, as a result of the success of the LDC Initiative, the partners (UNDP, USAID, and UNV) moved into Phase II to build a pipeline reaching down to the secondary school level, out to secondary cities and beyond--providing access and opportunities to more people and contributing to the development of the countries and the success of individuals. 100 new Academies are being established in refugee camps, girls’ secondary schools, and universities in secondary cities throughout the continent.
International implementation
Ongoing from to 
United Nations Development Program, the US Agency for International Development (Leland Initiative/EDDI), and United Nations Volunteers (UNITeS), US Peace Corps

WSIS information
* The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* International and regional cooperation
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger
  • Promote gender equality & empower women
  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • Programme
  • Training initiative
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No