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Project ID: 1103282391
Entity: Cisco Systems
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Activity: Least Developed Countries Initiative
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Activity description: 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.
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Entity from: International
 
Geographical coverage of the activity: International - Africa, Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean
 
WSIS action lines related to this activity:
Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
Theme 13. Digital Solidarity Agenda (PoA, Section D)
Theme 14. Follow-up and evaluation (PoA, Section E)
 
Related MDGs:
MDG 1. Eradicate poverty and hunger
MDG 3. Promote gender equality & empower women
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
 
Activity type: Programme, Training initiative
Time scale: Ongoing
Partners: United Nations Development Program, the US Agency for International Development (Leland Initiative/EDDI), and United Nations Volunteers (UNITeS), US Peace Corps

 

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