New Concepts and Mechanisms for Networking

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New Concepts and Mechanisms for
Networking


Edo Stork,

Deputy Resident Representative,

United Nations Development Programme, Trinidad and Tobago

edo.stork@undp.org.tt



Vidyaratha Kissoon,

Devnet, Guyana

vidyak@devnet.org.gy


Fifth Summit of the Americas Civil Society Forum,

15 April 2009 (with additional edits in the Notes)

Outline


Case Studies


Sustainable Development Networking
Programme


Caribbean ICT Virtual Stakeholder Community
(CIVIC )


Success factors

About UNDP

UNDP is the UN's global development
network, an organization advocating for
change and connecting countries to
knowledge, experience and resources to
help people build a better life.

Sustainable Development Networking
Programme (SDNP)

* Emerged from Agenda 21 endorsed by over 185
national governments in UNCED, Rio de Janeiro 1992:
Launched in late 1992, ended in 2002

* Support to chapter 40 of the Agenda: Information for
decision makers and stakeholders to support
sustainable development

* Active in almost 50 countries, 10 or so projects still
operate independently from UNDP (as NGOs or
foundations)



Projects in OAS countries:


Colombia
, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,
Guatemala,
Guyana
,
Haiti
,
Honduras,

Jamaica
, Mexico,
Nicaragua


Colombia
-

http://rds.org.co/


Guyana
-

http://www.devnet.org.gy


Haiti
-

http://rddh.ht


Honduras
-

http://rds.hn


Jamaica
-

http://jsdnp.org.jm


SDNP


Critical Success Factors


Focus on Connectivity, Capacity and Content (the
3 Cs!), not only ICTs


Participatory/multi
-
stakeholder approach in
project implementation


Sustainability built into the project from day 1


Links to national sustainable development
priorities


Public access points and training


Use of Open Source Software to reduce costs,
build national ICT capacity

SDNP


Lessons learnt


Access to information via ICTs is not only feasible but needed
to foster better sustainable development


Increased awareness on the use of ICTs by NGOs and civil
society in general
-

they are usually ahead of governments


Building national capacity and national and international
networks is essential to guarantee some level of success


A pure technological approach can kill any initiative rapidly as
technologies evolve very quickly


Successful SDNPs required support of dedicated and
committed national staff and managers who fully owned the
operation and work independently from the donor


SDN Honduras http://rds.hn/


Launched in 1993 with 200USD on a multi stakeholder platform
including national government



Quickly moved from providing connectivity to becoming an
information center for civil society and development NGOs



Played key role when Hurricane Mitch hit the country in 1997.



Provided critical training not only on ICTs but also on sustainable
development issues and programme design


Become an independent NGO in 2001 and is still running as such
with support from many donors and local partners


SDN Honduras http://rds.hn/

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Caribbean ICT Virtual Stakeholders
Community (CIVIC)


Formed after Caribbean ICT Roundtable in October
2002


Support from the Institute for Connectivity in the
Americas/International Development Research Centre
(
http://www.idrc.ca

)


Currently a multi sectoral, regional virtual community
of 300 persons from 30 countries


Details of supporting project at
http://www.carisnet.org



Partnership includes SDN participants from Guyana, Haiti
and Jamaica and Fundación Taigüey from Dominican
Republic

CIVIC


How do we use ICTs


Dgroups platform


Mailing list


Resource directory for members

CIVIC


In implementation


CIVIC 2.0 Platform


Starting with thematic channels


Channel managers have been trained


Multilingual (French, Spanish and English)


Based on Drupal CMS


Various applications available


mailing list/ forums integration


blogs in the first phase


Resource sharing

Demonstration CIVIC 2.0 Platform


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Success factors


What are the tools which are available?


How do we ensure that we do not exclude persons who are not familiar with the
technology?


How accessible is the technology?


Bandwidth quality, electricity?


Affordability, adaptability?


Convergence with print and other technologies such as radio?


Who will manage the technology for the networking?


AHTIC, DevNet, JSDN and Taiguey collaboration for CIVIC


Who will be the hub of the network?



Volunteers or paid workers?


Who will moderate/manage content ?


Who will animate?


Can we do it?



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