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Institution: UNDP
Internet Care Society
Theme: Institution and HR Management
Implementation Date: Oct 07, 2005
Summary: The vast majority of Internet users in Egypt are based in urban areas. Cognizant of this fact, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has launched a programme to bring the Internet to citizens in all 26 governorates. Plans have been put in place to establish more than 300 publicly accessible telecentres for Egyptians without private access to the Internet. Each telecentre has Internet access, is equipped with 10 personal computers and offers training in a variety of fields related to information technology.

A partnership has been created with UNDP, national post offices, local libraries and the Government of Egypt to bring the Internet to remote and high-cost areas otherwise unconnected to the digital age. By using existing infrastructures (i.e., libraries and schools), the Government hopes to help to bridge the domestic digital divide between urban and rural communities.

Impact: UNDP has helped to create technology-access community centres in urban and rural areas of Egypt. These centres seek to promote civil society; the provision of training for isolated communities; women and youth empowerment; and indigenous content creation. They are equipped with personal computers, fax machines, printers and Internet access, and they have the added advantage of offering to community users access to expert advice and services that cater to specific industries (e.g., health care, e-commerce). The centres have provided previously disadvantaged communities with information on health care, agriculture, industry and other sectors that are of concern to them.

In an effort to give the children of Egypt the opportunity to become savvier about information technology, 21st Century Kids Computer Clubs have been designed to help to connect those who are not connected. Drawing on resources from the Government (training), a non-governmental organization (NGO) (management) and the private sector (equipment), this programme helps children to prepare for the ever-evolving globally networked society.

Source: International Telecommunication (ITU)
Project Home URL: http://www.ics.org.eg

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