Sudan Telecentre movement (GDCO) Non-Paper submitted to the WSIS summit 15 – 16 December 2015

To what extent has progress been made on the vision of the people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society in the ten years since the WSIS? foundation (phase 2) is a public private people partnership (PPPP) networks of 87534 Telecentres, 76 national Telecentres network in 52 countries and 6 regional networks sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices for the development of marginalized, underserved, rural and disadvantage communities. (phase 1) was founded in the WSIS 2005 in Tunisia by Microsoft, international development research centre for (IDRC) and the SWIS development fund. Gedaref digital city organization joined the telecentre movement in 2006 as a member in MENA and also east Africa region. A lot of projects were developed in last 9 years through this partnership

1- connecting people with disability through ICT

2- empowering women through ICT and more than 1.000.000 women were trained in a partnership with ITU and many partners. In addition to women entrepreneur training courses.

3- GDCO developed and e-agriculture project to Gedaref mechanized agriculture corporation to include 10.000 farmers in system (more than 8 million feddans) for better services

4- GDCO improve the e-infrastructure of Gedaref university college of computer sciences (donation of 100 computers)

5- GDCO started a telemedicine project with the faculty of medicine @ Gedaref university

6- about 750 computers were distributed in Gedaref state donated from our partners in Eindhoven Netherlands through DSE and SPEG

7- GDCO and foundation are two of the first 6 joined  ITU 2011 in its iwrite4wsis campaign to promote for the WSIS process and implementation of the WSIS action lines.

8- GDCO participated in the WSIS forum since 2009 in its workshops, exhibitions and many intervention

9- GDCO developed a pilot out of school children with many partners to eradicate the resources of illiteracy in rural areas using solar energy which also increase mobile penetration by charging them free to the community   

10- GDCO  wrote more than 200 blogs and posted more than 4000 photos and videos promoting for the role of ICT for community development (unite-it or telecentre euorpe,, knowledge community, YouTube, YouTube channel, Flickr, flickr2, and many are deleted)

11- GDCO wrote about post 2015 agenda for development, WSIS vision beyond 2015 and sustainable development since 2012

12- GDCO has strong partnership with ITU  and participated in the WSIS forums since 2009 and join the world telecom 2012 and 2013 and spoke about role of ICT for better environment and Smart cities also reach with 7 projects the semifinal WSIS prize awards

13- SparkLab is an initiative created in PPP  to create a global network of centers specializing in innovation, digital inclusion, and high impact socioeconomic community undertakings. Also to   stimulate innovation among individuals and community organizations  

a-        To create a global network of centers specializing in innovation, digital inclusion, and high impact socioeconomic community undertakings;

b-        To coordinate an international cooperation platform that facilitates participation and international cooperation from different community, academic, public and private organizations;

c-        To stimulate innovation among individuals and community organizations;

d-       To develop ICT solutions of high added social and technological value for communities, businesses, and public and private entities;

e-        To build up social talent, projects, and businesses;

f-       To promote the establishment of multi-service civic spaces for collaborative work, discussion, learning, and better use of ICT;

g-        To facilitate access to technological exchanges, culture, and multi-sectoral knowledge at a national, regional, and global level;

h-      To facilitate the experimentation and piloting of concepts, applications, ICT services and solutions at a national, regional, and global level;

I-                   To create ICT trends for development.    

 14- global telecentre academy (Sudan national telecentre academy) This program pursues capacity building of the global telecentre movement, policy-makers, ICT4D professionals, and individuals worldwide by developing curricula, a global training and education platform, certification programs, and global standards in collaboration with strategic partners from the ICT4D global arena.  

  What are the challenges to the implementation of WSIS outcomes?

Although we work a lot in GDCO to solve the challenges but there are big challenges faced the implementation of Action Lines including:-

1) ICT is not part of the community culture and not a priority even to many governments

2) Poverty and financial support

3) Most of the Telecentres depend on donation and grants.

4) High cost of e-infrastructure and low speed internet and high running cost

5) Limited number of student in out of school classroom because all children go in the morning to bring the water from far distance and then they go with their animals looking for grazing area and in the evening they help their families in milking them

6) Limited number in al-amal deaf school because it is very difficult for the teacher to teach more than 10 deaf in the classroom

7) Reluctance to change and automation 4 senior staff

8) a big digital gap (divide) is everywhere in rural area

9) Limited access to energy sources and power supply

  1. 2.     What should be the priorities in seeking to achieve WSIS outcomes and progress towards the Information Society, taking into account emerging trends?

There are many areas should have priorities because they have being ignored or not clearly included in Geneva WSIS action lines or the MDGs

1) Empowering, people with disability and human rights through ICT for equal access because more than 16% of the world population are living with disability, in addition they had been ignored by Geneva WSIS action lines and this is why they had special session the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 23rd September 2013.

2) Promoting Women digital literacy campaign Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign is a global initiative of TCF & ITU to empower disadvantaged, marginalized and underserved women through ICT for better lives. Partners trained 914.368 women by December 2013. GDCO participated in the foundation of the first IT women network in Arab States

3) Cloud computing

4) Drying resources of illiteracy because there are 57 million illiterate people according to the UNESCO report in July 2013 where more than 50% are in Africa and 14% in in the Arab State and this is not including 28.5 million due to war and disaster.

5) supporting Telecentres as tools for community development through ICT

6) Blogging, promoting and writing for WSIS to share best practices

  1. 3.     What are general expectations from the WSIS + 10 High Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly?

There are areas need more concentration

1) Fighting against poverty

2) Increase mobile penetration in rural area with Affordable wide broadband accessibility

3) Promote e-health and telemedicine

4) Integration of ICTs e-services

5) Promotion of online crop market

  1. 4.     What shape should the outcome document take?

1- strong, clear and concrete resolution to solve the challenges

2- methods of implementations, evaluation  and monitoring

3- at least two workshops in each country for monitoring of implementation

4- strong public, private, people partnership

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Comment by ahmed eisa on September 19, 2015 at 7:18
Comment by ahmed eisa on September 12, 2015 at 6:06

Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes by the United Nations General Assembly and  Commenting on the Non-paper

With the reference to the submitted document (non-paper final draft) I agree with it that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a great and effective tool for community development. Gedaref digital city organization as a member in the telecentre movement (networks of 87534 Telecentres, 76 national Telecentres network in 52 countries and 6 regional networks) is being part of the WSIS process since 2009. GDCO is part of the WSIS community so it participated in the WSIS forums and WSIS+10 with workshops, exhibitions, high level debate and general interventions and discussion. We start blogging about the wsis process along time ago and we are one the first partners of ITU for its campaign to promote for the wsis process through iwrite4wsis initiative.  We submitted our vision for the WSIS+10 post 2015 agenda since 2012 Document Number : WSIS+10/3/12 (This article was submitted to the WTDC ITU  meeting @ Bahrain about GDCO Sudan WSIS+10 vision beyond 2015 ) and GDCO vision 4 WSIS+10 and we continue blogging and writing about it.

Telecentre movement has great experiences in bridging the digital divide, connecting the unconnected, e-agriculture, e-learning and empowering women through ICT and it has many partners including ITU. Really Telecentre movement and GDCO have a great contribution to the WSIS process and we appreciate if you mention it with those have great contribution in number 8 with  CSTD, ITU  and UNESCO. generally the document mentioned is excellent

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