"Partnerships and Participation in Telecommunications for Rural Development"
**Conference News Flash**  October 1, 1998
Item 1) http://clients.tdg.ca/snowden/conference/forum.cfm
The Online Pre-conference for the "Partnerships and Participation in Telecommunications for Rural Development" Conference starts today and continues to October 21, 1998.
Visit the website (http://clients.tdg.ca/snowden/conference/forum.cfm) and contribute your ideas, experiences and lessons learned.  Watch this website over the coming days for participant input from around the world and updates of papers and documents.  There are three conference forums:
1) Lessons Learned from the Past
2) Current Rural Development Activity
3) Future Activities
Item 2) You can also join our "face-to-face" conference at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Canada on October 26 & 27, 1998 - see http://www.snowden.org/conference/index.cfm for more details!
Item 3) The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has joined our list of sponsors, contributing to enable a number of participants from its Multi-purpose Community Telecentres (MCT) initiatives in developing countries to attend the face-to-face conference in Guelph.  Learn more about the ITU's "Rural Development and Universal Access" initiatives at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D-UniversalAccess/
Item 4) The International Development Research Centre's (IDRC) "Acacia Initiative" is not only helping fund the conference - Acacia participants will be attending the conference to share their experiences with communities and the information society in rural Sub-Saharan Africa.  Learn more about the Acacia Initiative at: http://www.idrc.ca/acacia/ and explore its extensive resources on ICTs in community development.
Item 5) Library networks, agricultural marketing, small business enhancement, social service support - all part of a unique Canadian initiative in Lanark County, Ontario: "Grow Lanark"  Janet Findlay from Grow Lanark will be attending the conference to talk about the importance of community partnerships and community outreach in a telecommunications initiative focused on long-term economic and community growth and development.  See http://www.thelcn.on.ca/lcn.htm for more details about this fascinating project!