Report on ICT activities

Report
The Second Session of the Committee on Development
Information, Science and Technology
CODIST-II
2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ECA's activities in ICT in 2009-2010, highlights on
the implementation of CODIST-1
recommendations and the work programme for
2011-2012
Eskedar Nega
Programme Officer
ISTD/ECA
The Second Session of the Committee on Development
Information, Science and Technology
CODIST-II
2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contents
 Activities undertaken by ECA in ICT since CODIST-I
 Policy Formulation & Implementation
 ICT Measurement
 Capacity building activities on the Information
Society
 Research and pilot programmes in ICT4D in Africa
 Implementation of CODIST-II resolutions
 Planned activities for 2012-2013
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CODIST-II
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Developing national and sectoral ICT Policies and
plansPolicies and Strategies as part of NICI implementation
 Sectoral
plans:
 Burkina Faso: Development of e-government and e-health
strategies
 The Gambia: Developing NICI Implementation Plan (Focus on Egovernment+ strategies in additional sectors)
 Mali: Development of sectoral e-strategies on e-commerce and eagriculture
 Niger: Development of e-commerce, e-education and e-health
strategies
 NCI Review and implementation plans (Rwanda +Ghana)  Support
on NICI policy review, development of tele-innovation centers, and digital
mapping expertise
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Developing national and sectoral ICT Policies and
plans
 e-Legislation
 Ethiopia: Developing a national e-commerce law and supporting the
newly created Ministry of Communication and Information
Technology
 Ghana: Review of cybersecurity policy + Computer Emergency
Response Team
 Capacity building + online observatory
 Sub-regional level
 eSADC initiative
 Support from ECA Regional Office in other sub regions
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
Measurement and evaluation of ICT for
development in Africa
Capacity Building on ICT Measurement in Africa in collaboration
with ITU & UNCTAD

Development of e-government indicators in the framework of the
International Partnership on ICT measurement

Scan-ICT programme in Nigeria

Capacity building for Parliamentarians

African eLearning Initiative
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TIGA Awards
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Information, Science and Technology
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The Second Session of the Committee on Development
Information, Science and Technology
CODIST-II
2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Research activities and pilot projects to
complement ICT Policy and Strategies and support
 Model for Rural Electronic Schools in African Languages
informed
decision-making
process
(ERELA) in
Cameroon

ICT socioeconomic impact Indicators coordinated by the
University of Manouba, Tunisia

E-employment projects in the Republic of Congo and Gabon

Development of web and mobile based applications in pilot
projects in Ethiopia

Tele-innovation centre initiative
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Information, Science and Technology
CODIST-II
2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Library activities

International Conference on African
Libraries and Archives (ICADLA-1)

Institutional Repository

Access to Scientific Information in Africa (ASKIA)
Digital
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Information, Science and Technology
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Collaboration with the African Union

Side event of ECA-AU Conference of African Ministers of
Finance and Economic Planning: Consultative Meeting on
“Financial regulatory models and reforms for sustainable socioeconomic growth in the ICT sector”, 28 March 2010, Lilongwe,
Malawi

Extraordinary Session of the African Union Ministers in charge
of
Communication
and
Information
Technologies
–
Johannesburg (2009)

The African Union Heads of State Summit, 31st January to 2nd
February 2010, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Meeting of the African ICT Ministers, Abuja (2010)
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Lessons learnt

Commitment to policy and regulatory change in order
to develop an enabling ICT environment remains
crucial

Member States need to facilitate buy-in and ownership
by all stakeholders and also ensure that the ICT policy
formulation process is sympathetic to national goals

Strengthening various stakeholder’s capacity is
important to promote ownership and ensure a
conducive environment for better implementation
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Lessons learnt
 More attention should be paid to gender equality, the value of
women and youth’s knowledge and the importance of integrating
women and youth into the knowledge society at all levels and in
all sectors
 Member States, ECA and other partners need to ensure adequate
mechanism for securing sustained funding for national and
regional strategic actions & implementation plans particularly
with regard to support to RECs
 Need to secure sustained funding for ECA’ s information
management activities both for in-house and outreach activities
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Future activities for the period of 2012-2013

Strengthening the capacity of member States for the
formulation, adaptation, implementation and
evaluation of appropriate ICT policies and
programmes to enable Africa’s integration into the
Knowledge EconomyNext Generation NICIs

Advocacy and consensus building

Continue mainstreaming & supporting gender
sensitive strategies for building and sustaining the
African Digital Economy and creating an enabling
environment for the knowledge economy
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Future activities for the period of 2012-2013
 Emphasis on activities aiming at collecting and
providing, accurate, timely and relevant data from
member States on a continuous and sustainable
basis to evaluate the ICT policy effectiveness
 In collaboration with the African Union, support RECs
in the area of harmonization of policy and legal and
regulatory frameworks as well as capacity building
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What do we expect to achieve by end of 2013
 Improved capacity of African countries to formulate,
implement and evaluate inclusive and gender-sensitive
national and sectoral ICT and STI policies and
strategies for development
 Enhanced capacity of member States to nurture and
harness ICTs, gender sensitive and STI for development
at the national, subregional and regional levels
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What do we expect to achieve by end of 2013
 ECA’s ICT4D programme is expected to achieve its objectives and
expected accomplishments on the assumption that:
 Government development policies continue to include information and
communications technology, science and technology as a priority;
 Governments prioritize budget allocation for identified activities in ICT
for development;
 Partners continue their support in various activities; and
 Continued involvement of stakeholders at national, sub-regional and
global levels.
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Information, Science and Technology
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Implementation of CODIST-1 recomm. (Highlights)
 Facilitate an appropriate research environment, capacity
building and fund raising ==> CREATIC4AFRICA in
collaboration with the spanish based CTIC foundation +
Support to Mozambique MOSTIS+ SWA with specific
sessions on ICT based innovation & entrepreneurship
 Follow up on WSIS has been done through review of
indicators as well as strong collaboration with regional and
international organizations
 E-security ==> support to Ghana and Ethiopia + workshop
in North Africa (SRO-NA)
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Information, Science and Technology
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Implementation of CODIST I recomm. (Highlights)
 Peer review among member states & exchange of best
practices TIGA
 Support countries & RECs with guidelines on cyber laws
 Encouraging the setting up of virtual libraries to facilitate
scientific and technological development ==>Institutional
repository+ ASKIA
 Framework for the regulation of m-banking and mpayments
==>eSADC initiative
The Second Session of the Committee on Development
Information, Science and Technology
CODIST-II
2-5 May 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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