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Fwd: [GKP_List1] PARTNERS January 2003

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Some useful information in this including :
 >Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
 >Learning materials developed by Kabissa


Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2003 08:28:28 -0500
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Subject: [GKP_List1] PARTNERS January 2003

Partners   n e w s l e t t e r
• Improving lives • Reducing poverty • Empowering people • January 2003

A HAPPY 2003!

Welcome to PARTNERS, the monthly newsletter that brings you the latest news
and views from the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP).

To usher in the new year, the GKP Secretariat is pleased to announce fresh
elements in Partners. First, vibrant colours have been incorporated for
your reading pleasure. Second, starting from this issue, subject matter
specialists will be featured as guest editors for the different themes.
Third, in the spirit of knowledge-sharing, Partners is now cross-linked
with other leading ICT for Development (ICT4D) e-newsletters. It is our
hope that this enhanced newsletter will be able to better serve all our
colleagues in the ICT4D arena.

The theme for this month's newsletter is ICT & Youth. For the online
version of this newsletter, please visit www.globalknowledge.org.

Submissions for the next issue on "Media & the Information Society" are
welcome. Please email [log in to unmask] your articles by 12
January 2003.

In this issue:

HIGHLIGHTS
SPECIAL FOCUS: ICT & YOUTH
ICT4D NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
NEW RESOURCES
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
EVENTS CALENDAR
LINKS TO OTHER ICT4D NEWSLETTERS


HIGHLIGHTS

Global Knowledge Russia

The Chairman of the GKP, Mr Walter Fust, and the Chairman of the UN ICT
Task Force, Mr José Maria Figueres, were two of the chief dignitaries who
welcomed 172 participants from 21 countries to the International Conference
"Partnership Networks as Tools to Enhance Information Society Development
and Knowledge Economy", held in Moscow on 9 December 2002.

Organized by the Russian e-Development Partnership (coordinating
organization is the Institute of the Information Society - a GKP member)
and supported by the GKP Secretariat, the conference is a part of the
Global Knowledge Russia initiative, aimed at involving Russia with its
unique scientific, educational and cultural resources and immense creative
potential into the activity of Global Knowledge Partnership. It was also
aimed towards promoting the development and realization of a national
e-Strategy and Program to facilitate the country's transition to an
Information Society and its full-fledged participation in the global
Knowledge Economy taking into account specificity of Russia, Europe and
Central Asia region and international experience.

During the event, the first official presentation of the Russian national
e-Strategy was made as well as presentations of the GKP and its activities
as a global multistakeholder partnership. Discussions were also held on the
Knowledge Economy, the national ICT strategies of Malaysia, Estonia and
Canada and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE)
approach to e-Policy strategies for transition economies.

The participants of GK Russia hailed from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Moldova,
Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the
United States of America, Uzbekistan. They comprised representatives from
academia, government, business and civil society sectors.

Full report: http://www.globalknowledge.org

GKP at ITU Telecom Asia 2002

The Global Knowledge Partnership was well represented at two panel sessions
during the International Telecom Union's Telecom Asia Conference, held in
Hong Kong from 2-7 December 2002. In the first panel session, chaired by
the Executive Director of the GKP Secretariat, Ms Rinalia Abdul Rahim,
discussions revolved around "Ubiquitous Access: Redefining Universal
Access". In the second session, Mr Gerolf Weigel, Head of Multilateral
Initiatives for Bridging the Digital Divide, Swiss Agency for Development
and Cooperation (SDC) was invited as a speaker for the panel on
"e-enablement: Using the Internet to Create New Digital Opportunities".

Full report: http://www.globalknowledge.org (Under "Events Calendar" - Dec
2002)


SPECIAL FOCUS: ICT & YOUTH

Editorial

If ever there was an area where young people are leaders not just of
tomorrow, but also of today, it is in the field of information and
communication technologies for development. They are early adopters and
adapters of technologies ranging from mobile telephones to email to instant
messaging to radio and television. Many youth are already using technology
for innovative causes - often expanding access to information and
development opportunities to those without personal access to technology.

Yet, youth actions to create digital opportunities often suffer from
critical deficiencies including the lack of: mainstream support,
participation in decision-making, communication, and continuity. With the
adoption of its Youth Strategy in April 2002, the GKP seeks to address
these challenges to make youth leaders in ICT for development more
effective and rapidly involve more youth in such activities.

The pool of potential talent and energy is vast. According to UN reports,
young people aged 15-24 equal more than 18% of the world population. At
least 85% of these young people live in developing nations where they are
up to 40% of the population within their countries. These young people are
only beginning to gain access to many forms of ICTs and to experiment with
their use in a wide variety of social and cultural contexts. If we take up
the challenge of networking and engaging these young innovators, they will
continue to act as development champions and focal points within their
communities - leading to a more equitable, connected, and inclusive world.

Terri Willard, a Project Manager of the International Institute for
Sustainable Development, helped develop the "Youth, ICTs and Digital
Opportunities Network" to highlight the efforts of young people using ICTs
to assure opportunity, empowerment, and inclusion for all. This network
incorporates youth perspectives into the work of the GKP.


Youth Creating Digital Opportunities Network

YCDO.net is an online portal designed to enable youth to share experiences
and seek new opportunities and partnerships in the area of ICT4D
(Information Communication Technologies for Development). Launched in
December 2002 with support from the GKP, YCDO.net seeks to strengthen the
efforts of young ICT4D leaders by connecting them to one another, as well
as to mentors and supporters within the broader development community.

More details: http://www.ycdo.net

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria is a youth-led initiative that seeks to employ
low-cost options to empower Nigeria's youth with appropriate information
technology skills that will promote personal development, national
responsibility, regional cooperation and global participation. In November
2002, the Paradigm Initiative volunteers developed and facilitated an
online African youth dialogue for the World Summit on the Information Society.

More details: http://www.pin.itgo.com

Young Asia Television (YATV)

More than half of Asia's 3 billion people are under the age of 24. Despite
their predominance, Asia's youth have had few opportunities to express
their ideas, concerns, creativity and vitality through the powerful medium
of television. At the same time, there is a growing need in Asia for
programs that celebrate the culture and heritage of the world's most
diverse continent. Young Asia Television is helping the young people of
Asia to fill this gap in cultural television content. YATV operates from
offices and production centres in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal,
Thailand, India, Pakistan and Lebanon.

More details: http://www.yatv.net

Rede Jovem (Youth Net)

Rede Jovem aims to provide access to Information and Communications
Technologies and to open up opportunities for low-income Brazilian youth,
as well as to create environments for youth to exchange information and
experiences among themselves. Their work includes establishing telecenters
across Brazil and supporting a network of young people via 10 Youth Spaces
in different regions of the country. These Youth Spaces are rooms with 5 to
10 computers each and serve primarily as Internet access centers and places
for social interaction.

More details: http://publique.redejovem.org.br

Free Bytes, Inc.

In 1992, twelve year-old Charlie ShufelUK looking at ways of re-engaging
young people at school age back into learning. These young people have been
out of the more traditional educational systems for a variety of personal
and logistical reasons. They include the phobic, ill, disaffected, sick,
pregnant and the excluded. Notschool.net provides mentors, buddies, experts
and the use of new technology to help disadvantaged youth develop their
self-esteem and be reintroduced to learning.

More details: http://www.notschool.net

ICT4D NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Cellphones for the Deaf

People who are deaf or hard of hearing will soon be able to communicate
through wireless phones. Cellcom, Israel's largest mobile phone operator,
and Israeli startup SpeechView have launched LipCcell, a software that
translates voice into a 3D animated face on a computer, whose lips move in
synch with the voice of the caller, allowing the user to lip-read. The
software is installed on a user's computer, which is connected via cable to
a cell phone. The software also uses colour cues on the face's nose or
cheeks to differentiate between similar sounds. All phonemic languages can
be translated by the software.

More info: http://shorl.com/hynafomobrojy

2 in 3 Singaporeans frequent e-government site

Designed as a one-stop shop for public services, the Singapore government's
website, www.ecitizen.gov.sg has proved to be a big hit, with two out of
three people in the city-state saying they have used the website.
Approximately 80% of all government services are online and interactive.
The other main reason for its success is the high Internet penetration rate
in Singapore. Broadband services are affordable and easily available. In
recognition of its contribution to bridging the digital divide, the site
was recently awarded best e-government site by the Stockholm Challenge
Awards, which focuses on pioneering technology projects worldwide.

More info: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2406855.stm
                 http://www.ecitizen.gov.sg

Lifelong Learning 'Thai Style'

All of Thailand's libraries will be connected via a common network next
year in a joint project involving the Culture Ministry, ICT Ministry and
Education Ministry. The library network will eventually be developed into a
virtual library that can serve the public from anywhere in the country. The
project is part of the national ICT plan to develop libraries into
life-long learning centres.

According to Fine Arts Department deputy director-general Vira
Rojpojchanarat, an electronic library system would be used to digitally
archive ancient documents, rare books, royal original copies and material
on microfilm, microfiche, cassette tape, and video tape. The project will
involve the national library, public libraries, school and university
libraries as well as specialist libraries. It is estimated that the
technology for the project could be implemented within a year.

More info: http://www.bangkokpost.com/Database/06Nov2002_data52.html

e-Commerce Policy Framework in 3 months

Recognizing the

NEW RESOURCES

The Swiss Education Server offers support for teachers using the Internet
for teaching purposes. Available on its Information Platform at
http://www.educa.ch are 10,000 educational units which can be used as
teaching materials. Furthermore, teachers can subscribe to a free monthly
newsletter with advice and background information on the use of ICT in
school. Portfolios on recent developments and links to resources on
e-Learning, Best Practices, property rights and other themes are also
available. Its second portal at http://www.educanet.ch contains an
interactive platform for communication and cooperation between teachers and
students. It also provides support for the building of websites. Educanet
can be used instantly without the need for additional software. The content
on these portals are available in German, French and Italian.

DiploFoundation has published a new handbook entitled "Building.Org: A
Manager's Guide To Creating Successful Websites for International
Organizations". Building.Org introduces the reader to each step, from
defining goals to choosing the right technology, working with content, and
obtaining and analyzing user feedback.

More info: http://www.diplomacy.edu/Books/publications.asp

Learning materials are being developed by Kabissa to enable non-profit
organizations in West Africa to use the Internet more effectively in their
work. The project, "Time to Get Online: Simple Steps to Success on the
Internet", will initially target organizations whose main agenda concerns
human rights, freedom of information, responsive government and
democratization. The material will be piloted in workshops with Nigerian
rights groups in February 2003. After the pilot phase, Kabissa will be
distributing the materials throughout West Africa via their website,
partner organizations and on-site workshops.

More info: [log in to unmask]
                 http://www.kabissa.org

Information Technologies and International Development, a new journal by
the MIT Press will be launched in July 2003. Through the journal, the
publishers hope to create a network of thinkers and strategists to discuss
critical issues on ICT and Development. The editors are also soliciting
full-length articles as well as shorter research notes for the publication.
Contributions should be high quality original research, which will be
subject to rigorous peer review. The intellectual landscape will span
conceptual to empirical work, social sciences to the engineering sciences
and macro-policy to grass-roots practice.

More info: i

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

The OECD and APEC will be holding a joint Global Forum on Policy Frameworks
for the Digital Economy in Honolulu, Hawaii on 14-17 January 2003. The
objective of the event is to promote the achievement of overall economic
and social development goals by following a coherent broad-based strategy
for the deployment of ICTs -- in short, to promote the global digital
economy and information society.

More info: http://www.oecd.org/sti

LEARNTEC 2003, the European Conference and Specialist Trade Fair for
Educational and Information Technology will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany
from 4-7 February 2003. This year, the annual conference, which combines
both a conference with workshops and a trade fair, will focus on
inter-disciplinary topics around e-learning.

More info: http://www.learntec.de

The Pan Asia ICT R&D Grants Programme has launched its January 2003
competition for R&D grant applications. Proposals addressing the themes of
the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) from organizations in
the Asia-Pacific are sought. Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2003.

More info: http://www.panasia.org.sg/grants

AMARC 8 will be held from 21-27 February 2003 in Kathmandu, Nepal... One of
the key objectives of the conference themed, "Voices for a Better World:
Community Media and Social Justice" is to strengthen the international
community broadcasting movement as a progressive force for social change
and as crucial means of democratic empowerment through the people's access
to mass communication.

More info: [log in to unmask]
                 http://kathmandu.amarc.org

'Sharing Indigenous Wisdom: An International Dialogue On Sustainable
Development' will be held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in
Green Bay, Wisconsin, between 8 - 12 June, 2003. The conference aims to
uncover principles derived from indigenous wisdom that might offer clues
from which the modern world can learn as it seeks development alternatives.
Submissions of conference papers are invited. Submission Deadline: 31 Jan,
2003.

More info: [log in to unmask]
                 http://www.sharingindigenouswisdom.org

Submissions of papers are called for 'Building the Information
Commonwealth: Information Technologies and Building Prospects for the
Development of Civil Society Instit

EVENTS CALENDAR

Due to limited space, only selected events are listed in Partners. For the
more comprehensive GKP Global ICT Events Calendar, please visit
http://www.globalknowledge.org/gkps_portal/eventsmaster.cfm?&action=view&menuid=85.

The Arab Business Forum for Information and Communication Technology Annual
Conference
Date: 11 January 2003
Venue: Cairo, Egypt
Website:
http://www.globalknowledge.org/gkps_portal/eventsmaster.cfm?action=detail&menuid=85&retrieveid=496

WSIS Asian Regional Conference - Tokyo
Date: 13-15 January 2003
Venue: New Takanawa Prince Hotel (Center City of Tokyo), Japan
Website: http://www.itu.int/wsis/events/asia.html

OECD-APEC Global Forum: Policy Framework for the Digital Economy
Date: 14-17 January 2003
Venue: Honolulu, Hawaii
Website:
http://www.oecd.org/EN/document/0,,EN-document-0-nodirectorate-no-20-33462-0,00.html

WEF Annual Meeting
Date: 23-28 January 2003
Venue: Davos, Switzerland
Website: http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Annual+Meeting+2003

COMNET-IT: Connecting the Commonwealth: Strategies for Countering the
Digital Divide
Date: 28-29 January 2003
Venue: London, UK
Website: http://www.comnet.mt/ctc

WSIS Latin America and The Caribbean Regional Conference
Date: 29-31 January 2003
Venue: Bavaro, Dominican Republic
Website: http://www.itu.int/wsis/events/lac.html

CTO Digital Africa Summit: Building Digital Opportunities through
Public-Private Partnerships
Date: 3-6 February 2003
Venue: Accra, Ghana
Website: http://www.cto.int

WSIS Prepcom-2
Date: 17-28 February 2003
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
Website: http://www.itu.int/wsis/events/events_WSISandITUEvents_Prepcom2.html

The ICT World Forum@CeBIT 2003
Date: 10-11 March 2003
Venue: Hannover Congress Centrum, Germany
Website: http://www.ictwf.com/1event/event-e.htm

LINKS TO THE NEWSLETTERS OF OTHER ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

British Council
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Information for Development Program (infoDev) - World Bank
http://www.infodev.org/exchange

International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)
http://www.iconnect-online.org

ProPoor Infotech Centre
http://www.propoor.org

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
http://www.sdc.admin.ch/news.php?userhash=9f51fe09f2b88f7211db2f8c0a1dda57&l=e#2

Alternate access point to all linked newsletters:
http://www.globalknowledge.org/gkps_portal/index.cfm?menuid=249&parentid=92



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Partners is the newsletter of the Global Knowledge Partnership, a growing
partnership of public, private and not-for-profit organizations working
together to help people access knowledge and harness information and
communications technologies towards equitable, sustainable development.

The Global Knowledge Partnership Secretariat, Lot L2-I-4, Enterprise 4,
Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-8996 2379 Fax : 603-8996 2382
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