Promoting Appropriate Technologies and Policies to Uphold the Value “ICT as Basic Human Right”

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

Information about the project
Promoting Appropriate Technologies and Policies to Uphold the Value “ICT as Basic Human Right”
BNNRC now strives for following core interventions to achieve PRSP and WSIS action plan and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)through 3 years project on Promoting Appropriate Technologies and Policies to Uphold the Value “ICT as Basic Human Right” 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 PRSP, MDGs, WSIS action plan and National ICT Policy The Objectives in compliance with Unlocking the Potential- A National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction(PRSP),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 PRSP, 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 PRSP, ICT policy and MDGs, WSIS action plan goals. Objective: Advocacy Campaign and Sensitization against Digital Divide PRSP, 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) Dur Awareness on correlations of ICT, poverty alleviation and Institutionalization of Democracy (Right to Information); Establishment of ICT Resource Center and Promotion of Radio Listeners Club as primary ICT catalyst in remote rural areas; Advocacy and Campaign for Bridging the Digital Divide/Information Divide and open up air waves for Community Radio - voices for the voice-less; Piloting ICT4D projects at rural areas to create show case examples for greater multiplication Establishment of Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction This project has been snbmitted to the Golden Book database.
National implementation:
Ongoing from to 2008
CORDAID- Netherlands

WSIS information
* Capacity building
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
* Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger
  • Project
  • Training initiative
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No