Promoting Appropriating Technologies and Policies to Uphold the Value

Details of the organization
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
Civil society entities

Information about the project
Promoting Appropriating Technologies and Policies to Uphold the Value
What we do now BNNRC Particularly Strive for Achieving WSIS Plan of action in Bangladesh To create mass awareness on ICT use and its correlation to poverty alleviation and institutionalization of democracy. To create a ICT resource base and young student catalyst especially in coastal area who will consider ICT as a basic human right not as mere privilege. To promote critical civil society in providing alternative policy options in view of ICT not as mere privilege but also as human rights and the ICT should be utilized for public good not only for mere profit. To provide support, training and technical assistance for piloting or action research on promotion of Amateur radio, Community radio, Citizen band radio, Low cost appropriate technology in power generation, Radio communication among the fishermen and launch in riverine communication, and Internet and computer practice among the disadvantage community and in outreach areas. To establish and maintenance of disaster radio network for coastal area and a rapid disaster communication deployment force. Relevancy of the objectives to the National Plan of IPRSP, MDGs, WSIS action plan and National ICT Policy The Objectives in compliance with A National Strategy for Economic Growth, Poverty Reduction and Social Development (IPRSP), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), WSIS action plan and National Policy on Information, Communication Technology (ICT) published by Ministry of ICT and Science of Government of Bangladesh The Specific objectives are determined in such a way that compliment to greater extent to the national development program which has the relevance in the following aspects: Objective: Awareness on correlations of ICT, poverty alleviation social mobilization The objective is quite relevant with the policies like IPRSP, MDGs, WSIS action plan,ICT policy because all these policies intended to alleviate poverty creating opportunities and employment through raising awareness and building capacity. ICT as a tool can create skill base professional at all levels particularly at rural levels which contribute to poverty alleviation. ICT policy also emphasizes to ensure access to rural people. All these policies are interlinked with aims and objectives. Objective: Establishment of ICT resource center and promotion of radio listeners as primary ICT catalyst in remote coastal/rural district ICT resource centre will generate skill among the rural people. All the policies emphasize to ensure training and human resource development, build up information base, facilitate research and development, e-commerce, e-governance, agriculture and poverty alleviation and other facilities like radio listeners club among coastal/rural areas which are very much linked with IPRSP, ICT policy and MDGs, WSIS action plan goals. Objective: Advocacy Campaign and Sensitization against Digital Divide IPRSP, MDGs, WSIS action plan and ICT policy aim to alleviate poverty through human resource development and building a knowledge society. To achieve the goals of these policies, the digital divide is a major obstacle. Thus the advocacy campaign and sensitization against digital divide will contribute to achieve the goal and objectives related to these policies. Objective: Piloting or experimentation of project to create set show case example for greater multiplication Research and development is an important area which are mentioned in the National ICT policy for the greater development of the people with a view to qualitative multiplication to other areas. As a piloting and experimentation the success stories/cases will be multiplied. This will help the community people to get information/knowledge which will contribute to their development. Objective: Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) During disaster period particularly in coastal areas the objectives of IPRSP, MDGs, WSIS action plan and ICT policy face obstacle because all lifeline communication like telephone, cell phone, fax etc become disrupted. RACES will help during emergency disaster period for establishing communication among the community people, NGOs, and government as well. Thus the objectives of these policies will be achievable for RACES.
National implementation:
Ongoing from 01/01/2004 to 01/01/2007
Partnership with CORDAID in collaboration with DUS- Noakhali,Speed Trust- Barisal, YPSA in Chittagong and COAST in Bhola Bnagladesh

WSIS information
* The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
* Enabling environment
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
* Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
* Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger
  • Achieve Universal Primary Education
  • Promote gender equality & empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • Project
  • Programme
  • Training initiative
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No