High-level experts representing Arab countries today participated in the opening of the 2nd Regional Training-of-Trainers (TOT) workshop within the implementation of the “Academy of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Essentials for Government Leaders in the ESCWA Region (AIGLE)” at the UN House, Beirut. They have either prepared or reviewed the AIGLE four training modules.
The workshop, which closes on Thursday 27 August, also hosts experts from the participating Arab countries including concerned focal points and coordinators.
Participants will discuss the same four modules of the first workshop held in June, which are: Linkage between ICT Applications and Development; ICT for Development Policy, Process and Governance; e-Government/e-Governance: Strategies, Policies and Applications; and 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 (MDGs) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 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.
Currently, an online training platform is under development to host content on the AIGLE project and the training modules to be accessible to all stakeholders. Collaborative partnerships are being initiated with various entities, including national governmental and academic institutions related to public administration.
For details on the workshop: http://www.escwa.un.org/information/meetingdetails.asp?referenceNUM=3668e
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