Int'l Law & Organization
NGOs & IGOs
July 07, 2006
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Activity Information Management
Global Knowledge Partnership
The Global Knowledge Partnership's
"Activity Information Management System" is an extensive repository
of organization and project profiles, documents pertaining to ICT and
development, and information on upcoming events.
PowerPoint presentation on the
"Technological Revolution and the Global Digital Divide" by Dr.
Robert J. Beck at 2001 Global Studies Summer Institute, University of
Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Interactive Map: The Geography of
Technological Innovation and Achievement
Valuable tool offered in UNDP
Human Development Report 2001, "Making New Technologies Work For
Internet World Stats
An International website featuring up to date
2005 worldwide Internet Usage, the Population Statistics and the Area Data,
for over 233 countries and world regions. Includes statistics for Top Internet Penetrated Countries:
QuickLinks Index - "Digital
Edited by Richard Swetenham, European Commission Directorate General XIII
Quicklinks provides links to news items about legal and regulatory aspects of
Internet and the information society, particularly those relating to
information content, and market and technology. It consists of a free
electronic mail newsletter and a Web site that includes news items organized
by category such as "Digital Divide."
"Virtual Villages: Technology
and the Developing World"
A companion site to the CNN program. Features essays and reference,
With offices in Washington, DC, and Cape Town, South Africa, Bridges.org seeks
to help people in developing countries use technology to improve their lives.
This international NGO approaches its mission by implementing discrete
projects that, taken together, represent a comprehensive approach to the range
of problems of the digital divide.
Digital Divide Network
The Benton Foundation and the National Urban League, with private foundations
and companies from across the Internet, computing, telecommunications and
software industries have launched The Digital Divide Network, arguably
"the first-ever initiative to coordinate information, strategies and
efforts targeting solutions to the Digital Divide." The new site is a
comprehensive clearinghouse on completed and ongoing efforts to expand access
by underserved communities to the Internet and information technology.
A project of the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank, the
"Digital Dividend" advocates "a business approach to closing
the global digital divide."
The Digital Opportunity Initiative
A public private partnership of Accenture, the
Markle Foundation and the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). DOI was launched at the G-8
Okinawa Summit in 2000, with the aim of identifying the roles that information
and communication technologies (ICT) can play in fostering sustainable
economic development and enhancing social equity.
Global Knowledge Partnership
The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is an evolving, informal partnership of
public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Partner organizations are
committed to sharing information, experiences and resources to promote broad
access to, and effective use of, knowledge and information as tools of
sustainable, equitable development. The GKP emerged from the cooperation of
several dozen organizations in sponsoring the Global Knowledge 97 conference,
"Knowledge for Development in the Information Age" in Toronto,
Canada in June 1997.
infoDev - The Information for Development
Created in 1995, infoDev is an international consortium of official bilateral
and multilateral development agencies and other key partners, facilitated by
an expert Secretariat housed at the World Bank. Its mission is to help
developing countries and their partners in the international community use
information and communication technologies (ICT) effectively and strategically
as tools to combat poverty, promote sustainable economic growth, and empower
individuals and communities to participate more fully and creatively in their
societies and economies.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Task Force
A multi-stakeholder initiative launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2001.
In supporting the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
in December 2003, the Task Force successfully helped in placing the United
Nations development objectives at the heart of the Summit and mobilized the
participation of the multi-stakeholder networks, organized a series of side
events and launched new initiatives, including on education. This
comprehensive portal site includes "Accessible Information on Development
Sustainable Development Networking
Programme - UNDP
Features a "Networking and Information Technology Observatory,"
documents collection, technical help desk, virtual help desk, and case
studies. There are Sustainable Development Networking Programmes [SDNPs] in 40
developing countries now, up from the initial 12 country pilot projects in
1993. Each one encompasses making Information Technology [IT] more accessible,
more usable and more understandable to civil society.
Creating a Development Dynamic
Final Report of the Digital
Opportunity Initiative, July 16, 2001. Seeks to demonstrate the
critical role that information and communication technologies (ICT) can play
in helping developing countries to enhance the lives of their citizens.
The document lays out a strategy for developing nations to work with developed
countries, and the private and non-profit sectors, to generate sustainable
development and achieve a range of social goals. These include improvements to
education, healthcare, and increased economic opportunity.
The Global Information Technology Report
Since it was launched in 2001, the Global Information Technology Report has
become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT
strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. It also highlights the
continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth.
The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), covering a total of 102
economies in 2003-2004, to measure "the degree of preparation of a nation or
community to participate in and benefit from ICT developments".
infoDev Publication Library
Spanning the Digital Divide: Understanding and Tackling
Practical Action, formerly known as the Intermediate Technology Development
Group, is an international non-governmental organization that specializes in
helping people to use technology for Practical Answers to Poverty.
Practical Action emphasizes
technologies that are affordable, accessible and appropriate for poor people.
Its portal site features many documents of interest, including "Technology,
Poverty and the future of the Developing World," a September 2001 "progressive
response" to the UNDP Human Development Report, "Making new technologies work
for human development."
Concludes that "ground level efforts and government policy are
fundamental to changing the status quo and spread the benefits of ICT. Only
with a concerted effort will the potential of ICT impacts on and improve
people's quality of life, whether they are underprivileged or not."
Human Development Report 2001
"Making New Technologies Work For Human Development"
Released July 9, 2001, the UNDP's 2001 HDR argues that, while advances in
information and communications technologies often bypass the world's poor, ICT
has a potentially significant role in development. The report highlights
examples of technology being used for political empowerment, distance
learning, and job creation.
Global Issues: "The Evolving
Special issue of electronic publication of Department of State.