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Bangladesh ICT4D Resources

National ICT Policy:

National ICT Policy – 2009

Language: English

Year: 2009

Published by: Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology

 

Government Websites:

Ministry of Science and Technology

Language: English & Bangla

Ministry of Posts, Telecommunication, and Information Technology – ICT Division

Language: English

 

Case Study:

English in Action

Date: 2008 – 2017

Agency: Governments of Bangladesh & UK

 

External Resources:

ICT4E in India and South Asia: Bangladesh Country Report

Author: infoDev

Language: English

 

It was not particularly difficult finding resources, though it was definitely easier to find government resources.


infoDev and Wayan Vota

This week, we will be having a very important guest speaker leading our class discussion, Wayan Vota. As one of the prominent experts in the field of information and communication technologies for development, Vota is currently the Communications Manager at Development Gateway. However, he has also worked as the senior director of Inveneo, and as a consultant for infoDev, which will be the focus of this post.

infoDev, which is short for Information for Development Program, is “a global partnership program within the World Bank Group which works at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for inclusive growth, job creation, and poverty reduction” (http://goo.gl/gRVQZ). Since its founding in 1996, infoDev has been infiltrating various markets in over 50 developing nations around the world by providing them with the technological innovations and support needed to solve their toughest problems. Partnering with governments, non-profits, other World Bank programs, and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), infoDev works as coordinator between donors and local stakeholders in order to ensure effective creation and implementation of ICT4D programs. In 2004, infoDev transformed to become more of a “think tank” on ICT4D issues, utilizing their sponsorship of research and analysis in order to advise best practices. The program operates on three main themes: innovate, connect, and transform.

Innovate:

By supporting ICT-focused innovation by investors and social entrepreneurs, infoDev seeks to amplify the impact of those looking to do make one. The program accomplishes this tier through their network of incubators in developing countries, where partners can brainstorm innovative solutions and models.

Connect:

infoDev acts a resource for both developing nations, and the agencies looking to work with them. The program also serves as support system to connect these two entities, and ensure that any progress that is made will be sustainable. infoDev places a huge emphasis on enabling access to “information infrastructure, applications, and services” for all in a way that can be maintained in the long run.

Transform:

This partnership program conducts work in all sectors associated with ICT4D, be it health, education, business, or agriculture. infoDev acts as a consultant to stakeholders, guiding them through the best practices associated with deploying ICTs effectively. The program gains this knowledge through extensive field-based experimentation, evaluation, and research.

While I’m sure Vota will mention, even if only briefly, his work with infoDev, I would like to open up discussion about the context of a comment made about him on the infoDev website:

“Wayan is critical of the historical impact of technology on education for two reasons: First, the expense of piloting a new technology, and second, the major emphasis on the technology.”

Sound familiar? For some reason, the case study on One Laptop Per Child came to mind when I read this, what do you guys think about Vota’s supposed critiques on ICT for education?


InfoDev Knowledge Maps for ICT Use in Education

InfoDev, a company that promotes technology in developing countries, has created comprehensive knowledge maps relating to ICT in education. The maps construct a resource base of knowledge gaps in ICT use in developing countries in the domain of education. It allows for stakeholders and policy makers to see areas of focus and where improvements must be made.

The themes—impact, costs, current implementation of ICT in education, and planning—are a product of key findings identified before the compilation of the project. InfoDev attempts to narrow down the broad nature of ICT research by highlighting vital conclusions of the nature of ICT In education. Under each category, some key findings are as follows:

IMPACT

  • Disassociations between rationale for the use of ICTs in education and their actual implementation
  • Lack of standardized methods for ICT use

COSTS

  • Little data or guides presently exist

CURRENT ICT USE IN EDUCATION

  • ICTs are popular in education in developing countries, despite the difficulties they may face

POLICY

  • Practices and lessons are not easily accessible as of now
  • The argument is being made that ICT use in education is a good motivation tool for students

Due to the nature of the inclusive report, which emphasizes the issues and priorities of developing countries and of stakeholders and policy makers, organizations and governments can begin to make changes that address these needs to make ICT implementation more effective and useful in the classroom. 


Morocco National ICT Resources

National ICT Strategy:

 Digital Morocco 2013: The National Strategy for Information Society and Digital Economy

  • Also known as: Maroc Numeric (French Version)
  • Last Updated: 21 June 2010
  • Published by: Ministry of Industry, Trade, and New Technologies.
  • Language: English

Programme eGouvernement (Newest supplement to Maroc Numeric 2013)

  • Last Updated: 19 January 2011
  • Published by: Ministry of Industry, Trade, and New Technologies
  • Language: French

Government Links:

Non-Government Resources:


Bangladesh National ICT Policy

National ICT Policies

  • National ICT Policy 2008
    • Last updated: September 2008
    • Created by: The Bangladesh Computer Council
    • Language: English
  • National ICT Policy 2002
    • Last updated: October 2002
    • Created by: The Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technology Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
    • Language: English

Government Websites

External Resources

Accessing information about Bangladesh’s ICT Policies were incredibly easy. The country’s devotion to harnessing ICTs for development allows for openness in their policies.


Morocco National ICT Resources

National Strategy Documents
  • E-Morocco 2010 Strategy: Accomplishments, Perspectives & Action Plans Reference Book (Summary Version).
    • Last updated: October 2007
    • Created by: Kingdom of Morocco: Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies: Department of Post, Telecommunications, and Information Technologies
    • Language: website is in French but scroll down and you will see the document link- the document linked is in ENGLISH
  • Digital Morocco 2013
    • Last updated: June 2010
    • Created by: Kingdom of Morocco: Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technologies
    • Language: ENGLISH! All other versions I have found are in French… this is the first English version released a few days ago… I am so jealous!
    • French Version

Government Websites

External Resources

Finding ICT resources for Morocco is relatively easy! Morocco is included in most of the comprehensive reports on ICT in developing countries that are available on blackboard. It was helpful knowing French to navigate some of the websites but not necessary. I highly recommend selecting this country… Telecommunications was Morocco’s highest sector of FDI in 2010 so there are a lot of exciting things happening!