Foundations of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development by United Nations

By United Nations

The worldwide Alliance for info and verbal exchange applied sciences and improvement used to be introduced after complete world wide consultations with governments, the non-public quarter, civil society, the technical and web groups and academia. This ebook intends to be an invaluable source for knowing the genesis and evolution of the worldwide Alliance and its motion in the direction of harnessing the ability of data and communications know-how for sustainable improvement and poverty eradication.

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In this respect, Ms. Cobb added that there is a set of requirements that can facilitate the replication of initiatives: common rules, strong technology, and open standards, as well as a sound legal framework; and agile bureaucracy. Mr. W. Khan summarized the panel discussion in two main areas - ICT and poverty reduction, and ICT and education - and highlighted the link between poverty and education and lack of empowerment. He pointed out that the intervention of ICT in poverty reduction needs to be performed through information and knowledge and empowerment.

For the past ten years, the Malaysian Government had been focusing on strategic programmes in ICT for development, and she gave two examples from the Bridging of the Digital Divide Programme. In presenting the “Connecting all Schools” programme, she highlighted how Malaysia successfully connected 10,000 schools, benefiting about 5,000,000 students from both primary and secondary levels. She described how this project was conceived through ideas that Malaysia acquired from some experiences in Thailand and was then implemented through the Malaysian Multimedia Communication Act.

To help advance this cause, on 28 March 2006 the United Nations SecretaryGeneral approved the establishment of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID). The decision was based on the internationally recognized need for an open, multistakeholder forum that brings together governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector, media and other stakeholder constituencies in a common effort to better harness ICT – including community media and such traditional mass broadcast media as radio and television and communications media as fixed and mobile phones – for advancing development.

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