KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP AND GENDER AND ICT AWARDS
WORLD'S FIRST MULTISTAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIP IN ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT
The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)
is a worldwide network of organizations committed to harnessing
the potentials of information and communication technologies
(ICT) for sustainable development. It is the world's first
multistakeholder ICT for Development (ICT4D) partnership
at the global level, with members comprising governments,
donor agencies, private sector companies, civil society,
networks and international institutions.
to the GKP
In June 1997, development stakeholders from 144 countries
came together for the first Global Knowledge Conference
(GK97) in Canada. Hosted by the World Bank and the Government
of Canada, and supported by a large group of public and
private organisations, this was the first conference of
its kind in the world to address Information Age challenges
facing developed countries and the international community.
Five months later in New York, the GKP
Building on the success of GK97, the Government
of Malaysia hosted the second Global Knowledge Conference
(GKII) in 2000, which saw a 75 per cent representation from
developing countries. GKII effectively brought the voices
of these nations to the attention of the development community,
and areas for collective action were identified.
In 2001, the GKP Secretariat moved from
the World Bank Institute to Kuala Lumpur under a new EXCOMM
chaired by the Government of Switzerland, represented by
the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Commitment to effective partnerships sits at the core of
the GKP. This is encapsulated in its core principles:
- All Partners maintain their own identity
and autonomy, have equal rights and are enabled to design
their own future.
- Shared values and mutual respect are
- Transparency and trust are essential.
The GKP maximizes its impact by facilitating advocacy in
global policy dialogues on ICT for Development, providing
services that enhance its members' individual and collective
efficiency and effectiveness, and increasing the availability
of information and knowledge on ICT for development and
GKP Thematic Focus
GKP is harnessing the Partnership's knowledge and experiences
on ICT4D programmes that focus on gender, youth, media &
communications, poverty reduction, governance, local content
& indigenous knowledge, multistakeholder partnerships
and financing ICT4D.
Bridging the Digital Divide Consultation
and Recommendations to the G-8 Dot Force
GKP conducted a member consultation which brought in lessons
learned from concrete GKP-member projects on the ground
from around the world The GKP contribution helped the Dot
Force consult non G-8 members, particularly those in the
developing world and outside of official government channels,
on the proposed Dot Force plan of action.
A Memorandum of Understanding between
the GKP and the UN ICT Task Force (www.unicttaskforce.org)
in the third quarter of 2002 paved the way for future collaboration
and joint action in various areas. These include the sharing
of information and knowledge, including lessons learned
by GKP members and joint regional thematic events. In addition,
GKP members are represented in the UN ICT TF membership
and the advisory panel.
GKP co-organized a Gathering of Stakeholders
with the Global Digital Divide Initiative (GDDI) of the
World Economic Forum (WEF) in conjunction with the East
Asia Business Summit, held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002.
WEF expressed interest in further working collaborations
with the GKP.
The Secretariat of the World Summit on
the Information Society (www.geneva2003.org)
has recognized the importance of the GKP as an organization
that represents and embodies multi-stakeholder approaches
and initiatives towards realizing an information society.
The GKP will bring its knowledge and experience to the WSIS
process and events by channelling developing country views
and concerns, facilitating the participation and advocacy
of marginalised stakeholder groups, providing thematic inputs
based on consultations and co-organising thematic events.
The "Youth Creating Digital Opportunities"
(YCDO) Coalition, the core component of the GKP Youth Strategy,
was launched at a reception held in conjunction with WSIS
PrepCom2 in Geneva on 20 February 2003. Spearheaded by GKP,
TakingITGlobal and the International Institute for Sustainable
Development (IISD), the YCDO Coalition is comprised of organizations
committed to realizing the potential of young people as
leaders in using information and communications technologies
(ICTs) to achieve more sustainable development in their
communities and around the world.
At GKII in 2000, GKP enabled gender issues
in ICT4D to be pushed to the fore in terms of the inclusion
of a cross-cutting gender perspective as well as gender-specific
recommendations. GKII outcomes were then channelled into
the ASEAN Biennial Meeting of the Confederation of Women's
Organisations and the UN Beijing+5 General Assembly on "Women
2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first
Seminar Series for Asian Parliamentarians (e-ASSAP)
To sensitize high-level Asian parliamentarians on the use
of ICT for the development and transformations of their
constituencies and nation, the GKP, Swiss Agency for Development
and Cooperation (SDC) and the Asia-Pacific Development Information
Programme (APDIP) are organising 3 regional seminars in
Hanoi, Vietnam (for Parliamentarians from Brunei, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand, Viet Nam, China and South Korea) ; Colombo, Sri
Lanka (for parliamentarians from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,
Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan) and
Delhi, India (for parliamentarians from India).
ICTs and Gender
GKP is co-organizing this event in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia
from 20-23 August 2003 to foster a greater appreciation
of the gender-related barriers that exist in developing
and developed countries, to develop an understanding of
why women need access to ICT, and to discuss strategies
for overcoming these barriers. This will translate into
policies that support women's access to ICT and successful
networking to enhance women's participation in the information
economy, especially in the developing world.
GKP and the Government of Switzerland, represented by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are organizing
an ICT4D platform at the World Summit on the Information
Society (WSIS) in Geneva, 10-12 Dec 2003, to encourage joint
action in increasing access to knowledge and information
through ICT, strengthen the voice of the disadvantaged by
promoting the use of ICT, facilitate networking and knowledge-sharing;
and showcase worldwide ICT4D best practices and lessons
All stakeholders in ICT4D are invited
to participate in the Platform. Stakeholders can present
their programs, exchange experiences and build up new partnerships
at the ICT4D marketplace, workshops, discussions and forums.
More info: http://www.ict-4d.org
The GKP Youth Award aims to reward and bring international
recognition to the outstanding work of young people who
have used information communication technologies (ICT) for
the promotion of development around the world. The winner
of the USD10,000 award will be honoured at the World Summit
on the Information Society (WSIS) 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland.
GKP Gender &
GKP and the Association for Progressive Communications Women's
Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) have initiated 'The
Gender and ICT Awards'. Inviting submissions under the "Multistakeholder"
and "Community-based/Individual" categories, the US$8,000
per-category Awards aim to recognise gender and ICT initiatives
globally and provide further impetus for others to mainstream
gender in the field of ICTs; and therefore support a number
of internationally agreed recommendations for gender equality,
women's rights and empowerment.
Grant and Small Innovative Projects Fund (SGSIP Fund)
Supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
(SDC), GKP invites project proposals for pilot projects
or from new or ongoing small-scale initiatives, not exceeding
US$25,000, with a focus on developing countries. Projects
proposed should facilitate innovation using ICTs from the
ground-up to further strengthen and promote the growth and
maturity of civil society participation in the Information
Society. Furthermore, they should promote and facilitate
the fertilization of multi-stakeholder partnerships for
the upscaling and/or replication of small-scale and community-based
initiatives. ICT & Media
for Women's Journalists in South Asia
As an outcome of the ICT & Media Workshop held during
the GKP South Asia Regional Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh
(15-17 September 2002), a training programme for South Asian
women journalists was mooted to familiarise them to the
potential of using new media - the internet, websites, mailing
lists and discussion forums, newsgroups and multimedia -
information about the GKP and its initiatives, please view
The GKP Secretariat,
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Kuala Lumpur, 57000 Malaysia.
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