Connecting Communities is an ambitious New Zealand government strategy to enable individuals and communities to participate fully in the economic, social, educational, cultural and democratic opportunities available in an information society.
The strategy was developed on the premise that improving community access to ICT is a responsibility shared by central and local government, the philanthropic, voluntary and private sectors, and communities themselves.
The strategy sets out seven action plans for government:
Working with communities to develop guides to assist communities in planning for ICT
Co-ordinating government assistance to community ICT initiatives
Strengthening those non-government organisations that provide support to communities working to address their ICT needs
Sharing of good practice
Creating a research and evaluation programme for community ICT
Identifying training for community advisers to enable them to support community ICT development
Building partnerships and relationships with all funders involved with community ICT to gain maximum leverage from new and existing initiatives.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 2. Information and communication infrastructure
Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
Related MDGs: MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
no information available, Government Strategy
Connecting Communities is a New Zealand government stratey. The starategy is co-ordinated by the Department of Labour.
Additional Information on National Implementation Mechanism
Strategy for coordinating WSIS Implementation at the national level: No