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AFRIK-IT  November 1998

AFRIK-IT November 1998

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New Panel Discussion on Impact Y2K Problem on Developing Countries

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We thought members of this list might be interested in a new discussion
which the Global
Knowledge list is holding on the impact of the Y2K or Millennium Problem
on developing countries.

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                JOIN GKD'S PANEL ON THE IMPACT OF THE
                 Y2K PROBLEM ON DEVELOPING COUNTRIES


Global Knowledge for Development (GKD) is a moderated discussion list that
examines how information/communications technologies (ICTs) can contribute
to developing countries' efforts to improve economic, social and political
conditions for their people. Supported by UNDP, the World Bank, and UNESCO,
GKD has 1000+ members from 78 countries around the world, with significant
representation from developing countries. Launched in April 1997, in
support of the Global Knowledge Conference (Toronto, June 1997), GKD was
considered by conference evaluators to be "one of the most exciting and
interesting aspects of the conference." GKD continues to provide a unique
and important forum for a vibrant discussion of issues related to ICTs and
development.

During November 5-19, 1998, GKD will focus the discussion on the impact of
the Y2K problem (Millennium Bug) on developing countries. In highly
automated societies such as the United States, government, business, and
civil society are growing increasingly nervous about the consequences of the
Millennium Bug. The problem seems deceptively simple -- programmers used
only two digits instead of four to represent the year in time-and-date
computations; thus the year 2000 will be calculated as 00, which could mean
1900 instead of 2000. Yet many knowledgeable professionals fear that the
impact could be massive disruption of public services and the business
operations.

Key questions are:

What initiatives are being undertaken by various stakeholders in developing
countries, including multilateral organizations, to prepare information
systems in those countries for the new millennium?

To what extent are public sector and commercial private sector
organizations in developing countries preparing effectively to prevent, or
mitigate, negative impacts of the Y2K problem?

What can NGOs and other civil society organizations do to make their
electronic systems Y2K compliant?

In order to address these questions, the Y2K Panel discussion will examine:

* Analyses of current Y2K compliance in various developing countries
* Examples of public policies in developing countries aimed at preparing
the public sector for the impact of the Y2K problem, including public
awareness campaigns
* Examples of training programs, tools and practical tips for
developing country businesses, government agencies, NGOs, and other
civil society organizations, which are endeavoring to make their
information systems Y2K compliant
* Additional resources (listservs, web sites, etc.), requests for
information and support

We extend a special invitation to those in the South, and hope you will
share your experience and express your needs!

HOW TO JOIN THE <GKD> LIST AND Y2K DISCUSSION

Anyone who has electronic mail with Internet access can subscribe to
the GKD List. To join, please send an e-mail to the LISTSERV host:

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Do *not* enter a subject.  In the body of the message, type the
text:

     subscribe gkd

Do *not* put anything after <gkd>.  You will receive a
Welcome Letter to the GKD List.


WORLD WIDE WEB SITES FOR THE GKD DISCUSSION LIST

The Global Knowledge for Development Partnership web site
<http://www.globalknowledge.org> provides information about the
Global Knowledge list, as well as archives of GKD messages.
The World Bank web site (http://www.worldbank.org> provides
access to the GKD archives as well as related material and
presentations.


WORKING GROUP ADMINISTRATOR

GKD is administered and moderated by the Education Development Center
(EDC), a
nonprofit organization.  EDC is directly supported by UNDP, UNESCO, the World
Bank and the Global Knowledge Partnership for the activities in this project.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about the Y2k Panel and the Global Knowledge for
Development Discussion List, please contact:

Janice Brodman
EDC
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