ICT for Development Case Studies Series
III. Livelihood & Skills Training
- Egypt: Youth Clubs for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Since 2001, the Egyptian government has undertaken a campaign to bring technology skills to the country’s youth. It has established more than 1,000 IT clubs offering a range of training opportunities for students. For isolated communities, the government has launched mobile IT clubs. Two container trucks with satellite internet access and computer labs have already visited 10 communities, each stay generally lasting several weeks.
- Business Development Support Services for SMEs using ICT – Ghana
A Business Development Centre will be established in the office of PEPS-C to support and promote small and medium size private sector businesses. Using the ICT facilities, the project will provide capacity building in business skills, give access to market information and establish a platform to share knowledge. Ordina has agreed to assist IICD in implementing the capacity building activities of the project. They will train the entrepreneurs to blend ICT with marketing and accounting skills. They will also provide a career advice tool.
- Teleworkers, homeworkers and business owners using ICTs [Malaysia]
The eHomemakers portal is not only a platform that contains valuable information in how to coming up with a business plan or registration requirements with the government. It also features IT tips and home-based profiles of the 400+ home-based businesses that work in fields as diverse as landscaping, accounting, translation and cooking. Parallel to the website, eHomemakers also provides ICT training, research and advocacy. It runs the Salaam Wanita project, which is designed to promote the skills of homebound disadvantaged women in the Klang Valley and Ipoh area. A marketing website called Just marketing  was developed to promote the services and products these women generate. This platform integrates SMS, fax, email and mobile phone technologies, thereby making the access to a common “marketplace” much easier. In the Salaam Wanita project, the women beneficiaries were provided with training and with second-hand mobile phones for their livelihoods projects.
- Empowering Self-Help Groups in Kenya Through ICT for Better Education and Alternative Livelihood Opportunities
The project initially sponsored a number of trainees, mainly women, to attend a computer college. The computer course included an introduction to some Microsoft products, including Windows, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as internet use. Others have been trained in the workings of a ‘community payphone’ project and were supplied with the necessary equipment to set up this type of phone service, including mobile phones. All the groups have also been provided with calculators to aid in calculations, for increased accuracy and efficiency in income, expenses, and contributions accounting. Each participant is also provided with a cashbook for data recording. One of the women’s groups received a computer, furniture, and financial support to install electricity.
- ICT Basic Training in Uganda
In 2001, the Netherlands-based IICD committed resources as well as technical assistance to Kyambogo University to establish an ICT training center under the project name ‘ICT Basic Training’ (IBAT). This project as the name suggests was meant to train and sensitise students at the university and the community around in basic ICT skills. The project aimed at filling the ICT gap at the university and over the last five years the gap has been narrowing. It also aimed at creating ICT awareness for development among the students and the surrounding communities such as, Kyambogo residential area, Banda trading centre and the Ntinda industrial area.
- Argentina – TEDEL Rural ICT entrepreneurs
Telework and New Working Methods for Local Development (Teletrabajo y Nuevas Formas de Trabajo para el Desarrollo Local, TEDEL) Project was developed by the Argentine Telework Association (Asociación Argentina de Teletrabajo, AAT). The project consists of settling in five young professionals who want to go back to their original area, town or city in the interior of the country. They will help to promote local development conditions such as market opening, value creation and employment development through their education and technical knowledge. The different components of the project involve a range of training courses to teach basic technological and organisational skills. In other words, these young university graduates return to their home to involve the local community in ICT-related projects and help the community develop its own activities.
- Community Multimedia Centres
UNESCO’s International Initiative for Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) promotes community empowerment and addresses the digital divide by combining community broadcasting with the Internet and related technologies. The CMC programme offers a global strategy for addressing the digital divide in the poorest communities of the developing world and also among countries in transition. The CMC opens a gateway to active membership of the global knowledge society by making information and communication the basic tools of the poor in improving their own lives. A CMC combines community radio by local people in local languages with community telecentre facilities (computers with Internet and e-mail, phone, fax and photocopying services).
- The Role of ICTs in the Development of Sustainable Livelihoods: A set of Tables
This documents is to couple the practicalities of ICT work with the framework to make it easier for ICT specialists to discuss their programmes with social advisers, and to assist the project planning to take adequate account of all the factors revealed in the livelihood framework.
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