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Academy of Information and Communications Technology Essentials for Government Leaders in the ESCWA Region

Background:

In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, policymakers and many other Government officials play a crucial role in creating and sustaining an environment that promotes the use of ICT for development, as conceptualized by the World Summit on the Information Society. Policymakers set priorities, procure and allocate funds, facilitate alliances and partnerships, and enact policies that promote the ICT industry sector and other important uses of ICT for development. Similarly, Government officials can utilize ICTs to create and maintain ICT-based systems that enhance Government efficiency, promote access by diverse ICT users and deliver important services to the country’s population. Therefore, it is imperative for ICT for development initiatives to be implemented as part of a well-structured developmental national strategy within a broader perspective on how ICT can best address the Millennium Development Goals.
The Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders in the ESCWA Region project builds upon lessons learned and the achievements of a similar academy launched by the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development in 2008. The Centre has made significant effort in the development of a structured and comprehensive ICT training curriculum, consisting of eight core modules and two editions of the ICT for development case study series, which will be revised and disseminated through the project. ESCWA would, as part of the current project, customize, localize and translate selected Centre modules, create new modules and an online platform, as well as provide training and organize workshops that are in line with the needs of the region.


The Academy’s goal is to help ESCWA member Governments to narrow ICT human resources gaps, remove barriers to ICT adoption and promote the application of ICT in accelerating socio-economic development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The Academy will serve to enhance national ICT for development capacity and will pave the way for training programme design and development through people’s participation and ownership of the process, which can lead to maximizing impact and ensuring sustainability.
During the implementation of the project, collaborative partnerships will be established with the other United Nations regional commissions, mainly with ESCAP, as represented by the Centre, and potentially with ECA.

Objective:

To enhance the application of information and communications technology in improving the socio-economic development of the ESCWA region

Expected accomplishments:

  • Narrowing ICT human resources gaps in the public sector to fully leverage the opportunities presented by ICT in the ESCWA region
  • Enhanced capacity of policymakers and Government officials in ESCWA countries to plan, manage and fund ICT for development-related projects

Implementation status:

In progress.