!! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WHICH ORIGINALLY WAS TO BE FOR ONLY 2 WEEKS HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 30!! INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE 2 week Informal Survey/Discussion on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development **Ceck our Web site at http://www.bvx.ca/ict/ for this same message in a friendlier format** This is an interactive event in which to participate and let us know how you believe information technology tools can impact on the developing world. This is a pilot exercise restricted to this particular initiative We at CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) wish to hold an informal electronic survey/discussion on the "impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on sustainable development"; we wish to collect people's ideas and experiences on how these tools can affect the lives of men and women, and so could favour development in developing countries We're asking you to ponder the potential impact of information and communication technologies, and the services they provide, on the development process, and to let us know what you think. With this informal electronic discussion/survey we hope to obtain a substantial input of ideas and information to help us in improving our international development assistance for developing countries. Apologies in advance if you've already received this message, but we are trying to reach out to the greatest possible audience. We do hope you'll contribute some thoughts on THE USE OF ICTS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (which include basic telephone service, data transmission, informatics, the Internet, radio, television, satellite systems, remote sensing, geographic information systems and the services they enable). Visit our Web site (http://www.bvx.ca/ict/), where we will be posting the interesting inputs we receive, as well as some background documents on development, and hot links to other interesting sites. PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE ON TO OTHER INTERESTING PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN DEVELOPMENT ! WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU AND THE SNOWBALL EFFECT TO GIVE THIS MESSAGE WIDE CIRCULATION! Thanks! Gerry Kenney - Senior Advisor, Telecommunications and Information, Policy Branch, CIDA Kim Hendi - Project Manager For assistance or further information : [log in to unmask] ************************************************* CIDA invites You to a 2-week Informal Survey/Discussion on INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT http://www.bvx.ca/ict/ [log in to unmask] INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE ============================== As part of CIDA's efforts to maximize its use of Information and Communication Technologies and services in its collaboration with developing countries to make our World a better place to live, we are conducting this 2 week survey/discussion and inviting you to be part of one of the first truly electronic fora on development issues in the digital age. We will collect your input from March 17 to March 29, 1996. A wrap-up of results will be published on the Web and will archived on CIDA's Web site. Stop and think : Newsweek for February 1995 carried a picture of a kikoi-clad African farmer on the scrubby veld with a spear in one hand and a wireless phone in the other. Perhaps he is phoning Nairobi to find out the selling price of cows. Could we have imagined that 5 years ago? Nor did we imagine using the Internet to provide medical information to remote areas. Now, every day, something utterly mind-blowing turns up with a point and a click. This is a pivotal era, and a perfect time to ask the digital world to pause, and ponder the opportunities and implications of digital media for development. WANTED : INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PIONEERS ============================ We invite all who have knowledge and/or interest in Information and Communication Technologies in Development to actively participate in this survey/discussion. This is a chance to contribute to the mutual understanding of important subjects under discussion and to have the satisfaction of knowing that your views will be disseminated widely. We are searching for compelling input on the basic issue of how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be used in international development assistance programming in the digital age to further the 6 priorities identified in Canada's foreign policy and described in the Canadian Government brochure "Canada in the World". They are: - BASIC HUMAN NEEDS: to support efforts to provide primary health care, basic education, family planning, nutrition, water and sanitation, and shelter. Canada will continue to respond to emergencies with humanitarian assistance. - WOMEN IN DEVELOPMENT : to support the full participation of women as equal partners in the sustainable development of their societies. - INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES : to help developing countries to deliver environmentally-sound infrastructure services, with an emphasis on poorer groups and on capacity building. - HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE : to increase respect for human rights, including children's rights; to promote democracy and better governance; and to strengthen both civil society and the security of the individual. - PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT: to promote sustained and equitable economic growth by supporting private sector development in developing countries. - THE ENVIRONMENT : to help developing countries to protect their environment and to contribute to addressing global and regional environmental issues. What we need is YOUR input. How can global digital media and information technologies assist development cooperation in these 6 priority areas?.. What are the challenges ahead?.. How can both women and men benefit from these new tools to achieve sustainable development ?.. What are Canada's opportunities vis-?-vis the developing world and the Information Revolution?... What does this mean in practical terms, etc.. ? You don't have to comment on all 6 priorities. Just address those (or the one) that you feel comfortable with. As you will see below, we have also provided a 7th category for comments of a general nature that do not address any particular priority. 2 WEEK COUNTDOWN ======================================================= During the days from March 17 to 29, we will focus on the 6 program priorities, identified in Canada's foreign policy, and which are described in the Canadian Government brochure "Canada in the World". The question for each of the categories is, "How can ICTs be used in the developing world to promote sustainable development?" The examples given for each category are just that - examples. The possibilities are endless. 1. Basic Human Needs -- Basic education, health and family planning information, brought to isolated areas by electronic means; natural disaster preparedness /mitigation... 2. Women in Development -- Access to knowledge and training, involvement of women in the new media, participation in the design and implementation of ICT projects... 3. Infrastructure Services -- Telecommunications and its socio-economic impact; Energy; Transportation; Water, Irrigation and Sanitation... 4. Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance -- Mass media, informed citizenry, visibility of government, rule of law, justice system, HR education, public participation, electoral process, responsible government, active civil society, dialogue on policy.. 5. Private Sector Development -- The business environment, entrepreneurship, partnership, direct foreign investment, micro-enterprises and small businesses, financial institutions for savings and credit ... 6. The Environment -- Geomatics, remote sensing, global positioning, geographic information systems, coexistence and co-evolution of natural and virtual worlds, natural disaster preparedness/mitigation, environmental assessment, environmental management (audit, compliance, management plans), capacity development in environment... 7. General Comments on Development -- Reflections of a general nature on the use of ICTs to promote sustainable development in the developing world. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ====================== On March 29, the last day of the survey/ discussion, a CIDA team will begin editing your inputs and will publish the results on the Web. We expect that these inputs will constitute a dynamic mosaic of the opportunities and challenges for development that the dawning digital revolution which is transforming our planet can bring not only to the industrialized world, but to our developing partners as well. HOW TO DO IT ======================================================= ====== 1. Through the World Wide Web: http//www.bvx.ca/ict/ 2. By e-mail, send specific remarks to: [log in to unmask]: general reflections on information and communication technologies for development [log in to unmask]: comments relating to basic human needs [log in to unmask] : women in development [log in to unmask]: infrastructure services - telecommunications, transportation, power,water, irrigation, and sanitation [log in to unmask]: human rights, democracy, good governance [log in to unmask]:private sector development [log in to unmask]: the environment 3. For more information, E-mail to : [log in to unmask] ABOUT YOUR INPUT: ======================================================= == Your input is important to help us explore the trends in Information and Communication Technologies and Development; to provide insight into the opportunities and challenges that developing nations and international assistance agencies face today; insight into how to incorporate information and communication technologies and services into the development process. Selected responses will be archived and may be used by CIDA for purposes that will advance public understanding of this event. Some material will be selected and arranged for appearance on the Web accompanied with author attributions. Copyright for such published material will remain with CIDA.