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Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)
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publication by the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) highlights
initiatives that are using Information and Communication Technologies
(ICTs) to make a real and meaningful difference in communities around
the world, no matter how disadvantaged or isolated they may be.
These stories on Youth, Poverty and Gender are snapshots of the
learning process that accompanies the introduction and implementation
of ICTs in a community development project.
these stories, the GKP hopes to share experiences and lessons learned
to increase global understanding of how ICTs can be used to tackle
poverty, injustice and inequalities. Conceptually, the idea of knowledge
sharing and 'storytelling' underpins all of GKP programmes and projects.
Good success stories have the ability to inspire and motivate communities.
This is what the GKP hopes will happen when we award and recognise
communities which have used ICT to uplift and empower themselves.
While we are
very excited about the benefits of knowledge-sharing, we need to
also remind ourselves that success stories are in themselves sometimes
just the beginning of great possibilities. Projects need to be properly
evaluated, particularly detailing problems faced, how they were
resolved and if they could not be resolved, why. Indepth evaluation
of projects are most often put aside in favour of addressing pressing
operational and fund-raising needs, and valuable lessons, sadly,
get lost in the constant search for innovation. These lessons are
important if we are serious about replicating and upscaling successes.
were submitted under three broad categories: Youth, Poverty and
Gender. The best among them have been selected for the inaugural
GKP Youth Award, the Tony Zeitoun Awards for poverty reduction,
and the Gender and ICT Awards. The awards will be presented at the
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held in Geneva
in December 2003.
In the last
six years the GKP has shown that if communities are empowered and
engaged in shaping their own future they will be able to use technology
to step out of poverty and underdevelopment. Youth, Poverty and
Gender are three of the key focus areas of the GKP and through the
awards and success stories mechanisms, we will continue to help
increase the availability of information and knowledge on ICT4D
and enhance the global knowledge base in this area.
is part of the GKP's Knowledge for Development Series.
Executive Director, GKP Secretariat
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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