(1) Linkage between ICT and development (2) ICT for development policies (3) e-Government: policies, strategies and applications (4) Internet Governance
The project aims to assist policymakers in Arab countries to build capacities in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development, in order to reduce barriers to ICT adoption and promote the application of ICT in accelerating socioeconomic development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals. It builds upon lessons learned and achievements of a similar academy that was launched in 2008 in Korea by the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), within the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
ESCWA prepared the aforementioned four training modules within this project, the themes of which were based on a regional survey and needs assessment in the area of ICT for Development; and seeks to disseminate these modules in the Arab region through organizing regional and sub-regional training of trainers sessions and workshops. The project also aims at enhancing the capacity of national partners, mainly public administration teaching institutions, information technology or e-Government authorities and agencies, as well as paving the way for the development of training programmes (including new training modules) through promoting the participation of concerned and interested national institutions and individuals and ownership of the process, towards maximizing the impact and sustainability of the Academy.
The main objectives of the workshop are as follows:
(1) Train the trainers nominated by the Arab countries on the four modules; (2) Present the training packages for the four modules to all participants in the workshop; (3) Conduct discussions on national plans for the participating countries towards the national roll-out of the project.
The workshop will cover the themes of the four modules, and participating experts will discuss the case studies selected from the Arab region; and a closing session will be held to discuss the national training plans and the proposed mechanisms for follow up on these plans and utilization of the project's online training platform under development.
Participants in the workshop include experts who have either prepared or reviewed the training modules, and experts nominated by the participating institutions as well as the focal points from the participating Arab countries. The workshop will use Arabic as the working language in its training sessions.