User distribution by Country
Argentina 1
Canada 2
Denmark 1
Egypt 7
Entire Middle East 1
France 1
Germany 1
India 3
Japan 2
jordan 4
kenya 1
Kuwait 1
Lebanon 30
Netherlands 2
Nigeria 1
Other 9
Pakistan 1
Palestine 3
Palestinian Authority 1
Philippines 1
Saudi Arabia 4
South Africa 2
Spain 3
Switzerland 1
Syria 11
Turkey 1
uganda 3
United Kingdom 2
USA 167
Yemen 5
Total Registered Users: 279
Database: Project in Across Egypt (mainly in Universities)

Project Name:

Basic Training Program

Project Description:

The Basic Training Program paves the way for more advanced IT training. It provides high school and university graduates with IT courses and training that would allow them to secure employment both in public and private sector.

The program is divided into 2 levels:

1. Basic Skills Development (initially 96 hours now 360 with a course beginning every 3 month); At the end of the Basic Skills Development section students must take the UNESCO-approved International Computer Driving License (ICDL). If they receive their ICDL, the trainees can continue on to a more advanced level called the Super User.

2. The Super User (360 hours of training)
At this level trainees select one of four streams of specialization: Office Applications, Financial, Engineering & Design and Repair & Maintenance.

Database: Project in Egypt (Siwa)

Project Name:

Establishment of Community Access Centers (CACs)

Project Description:

CACs in Siwa, is a local program that illustrates the positive role ICT can have in assisting governments to reduce poverty and improve socioeconomic development. It addresses how ICT can be used as a tool for development, the possible role of promoting its use in the oasis, specific areas where ICT can be applied, and the overall strategy for utilizing ICT.

The introduction of CACs to Siwa would open up opportunities for Siwa's people to access information and technology and to improve their living standards through introducing information technology.

The ultimate goal of the Siwa CACs is the development and implementation of a flexible, local approach to community development with an emphasis on non-formal education, using information technology and human resources to increase dramatically the role of training and education in the life-long learning of all community members.

Database: Project in Egypt

Project Name:

ICT for Development Programme

Project Description:

- The initiative builds on Technology Access Community Centers that help the poor, remote communities gain access to computers and the Internet in the battle against illiteracy and social disadvantage;

- It will provide pupils in 50 schools with special courses in computer literacy through the Smart Schools network, which has set up e-learning links between school. This initiative will be a first step towards making all Egyptian students computer literate by introducing an ICT learning package;

- It will also set up mobile Internet centers that will visit schools and community centers in remote parts of the country and teach basic computer and Internet skills;

- The programme will establish a community portal on the Internet, which will offer access to information on issues of interest to citizens and local communities, such as employment opportunities, citizens rights, health, education and business data. It will create electronic libraries to collect and store information on communities and foster the use of ICT for research in local communities;

- The ICT for Illiteracy Eradication initiative, will use multimedia CD-ROM technology to teach people to read and write. The CD-ROM will be distributed through an IT Club network, schools and civil society groups;

- Though all Egyptians stand to benefit from these activities, with female illiteracy at over 40 per cent, there is a special focus on reaching out to women.

Database: Project in Egypt (Lebanon and Syria are still on hold)

Project Name:

ICT Support Center for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Project Description:

The ICT center for SMEs will provide Arab SMEs with a one stop shop for their ICT needs.

By providing multiple services and resources allowing Arab SMEs to leverage the use of ICT, the project will increase the capacity of SMEs, especially in terms of employment generation.

The interventions towards SMEs will aim at the retooling of existing business practices with added ICT emphasis for efficiency, markets outreach, the cross-fertilization of information related to market creation, innovation and technology adoption. The program will tend to promote, support and complement large scale and replicable employment generation initiatives.

The overall objective of the center is to provide resources and services to SMEs in the usage of ICT. Such resources and services will allow SMEs in the Arab region to increase competitiveness and efficiency.

Project will cover the following activities:
- Set up an ICT Hub (service provider) in partnership with government, NGOs, professional associations, local authorities and the private sector
- Create nodes through existing Community Access Centers (2nd phase)
- Develop Entrepreneurship specially for Women and Youth
- Develop an SME Info Portal and Toolkit

The centers will be implemented nationally in several Arab Countries based on a regional e-business model replication mechanism through the region.

Project Objectives:
-To foster SMEs creation
-To bring IT jobs to rural areas to address unemployment, underemployment, and population loss
-To enable local development

Database: Project in Egypt (Yemen is on-hold)

Project Name:

ICTARB – Information and Communication Technology in Arab Region for the Blind

Project Description:

ICTARB is a regional project initiated by UNDP/ICTDAR, which aims at employing Information and Communication Technology towards assisting the visually impaired in:
- Achieving better social rehabilitation,
- Achieving access to capacity building programme,
- Achieving access to new job opportunities.

The importance of ICTARB is derived from the high percentage of the visually impaired population in the Arab Region.

Egypt is the pilot country and implementation of ICTARB will be in partnership with Sakhr and MCIT. ICTARB will be implemented in existing IT clubs, visually impaired schools and Mobile ICT Units by dedicating a section to the visually impaired people. ICTARB will be rolling out to all the IT clubs and visually impaired schools in Egypt ultimately.

Database: Project in Egypt (Siwa)

Project Name:

Siwa Technology Access Community Center (TACC)

Project Description:

TACC Siwa is a local programme initiated by UNDP, Microsoft Egypt and MCIT. The programme illustrates the positive role ICT can have in assisting government to reduce poverty and improve socioeconomic development in Siwa. It addresses how ICT can be used as a tool for development, the possible role of promoting its use in the oasis, specific areas where ICT can be applied, and the overall strategy for utilizing ICT.

UNDP has witnessed the extensive role of the TACCs in empowering local communities, especially in rural areas towards development and poverty alleviation. Introduction of a TACC to Siwa would open up opportunities for Siwa' people to access information technology and to improve their living standards through introducing information technology into their lives.

Immediate Objectives:

1- To create an awareness and impart a vision across the members of Siwa's community on the impact of information technology on job creation, empowerment, learning, growth and job opportunities.

2- To build human and technical capacities and to facilitate access to and utilization of information technology.

3- To train, educate and foster an informed participatory decision making by stakeholders for sustainable development and empower those affected by poverty with access to a wide range of information and data, partners, networking and resources.

4- To stimulate the development of new electronic learning tools and services by and for rural communities.

5- To promote sustainable livelihood by helping to create opportunities for young people, women, the illiterate and others.

6- To stimulate the instantaneous access to a wide range of electronic delivery of government and other services and allow participation by members of the communities.

Long-Run objectives:

1- Economic Benefits through knowledge and E-Commerce
Farmers' access to information can increase the transparency of commodity prices and assist in identifying better markets and suppliers. Having access to daily market prices will subsequently lead to an increase in their revenues by eliminating the middleman; the technology simply allows diversifying the farmer's activities-he can now choose to sell to one or another market instead of being forced to accept the middle-man's offer. Also, having access to farming information will lead to an improvement in the quality of their products ( dates and olives ), as well as better farming and cropping methods, thus allowing Siwa to gain a comparative advantage in this area. Also, efforts should be focused on the production of olive oil which could have a comparative advantage as well. Olive oil is known to have many benefits it is not only used for cooking but also for hair and beauty products, especially in nature-based products which are en-vogue in international markets. The TACC's role here is to offer training on e-marketing of these products, as well as linking Siwan micro-enterprises to relevant business sectors across Egypt, and opportunities for export-marketing.

Also, women could benefit from the e-commerce aspect of the TACC in Siwa by e-marketing their products for export and attracting tourists, which would bring more income to the Siwan women.

Furthermore, the e-marketing of Siwa's mineral water, which is abundant all over the oasis, will foster economic growth as well.

The growing area of eco-tourism is an activity that can benefit from e-commerce offered through the TACC. It provides information to the public while also facilitating bookings and management tasks.

2- E-Health Application
An investment in IT can also be measured as a social good. Siwa is short on experienced doctors. Also, doctors do not have access to the latest finding in the field of opportunity to have the technology to contact a hospital and describe the symptoms of a very sick person and receive a written procedure back.

3- E-Jobs
With today's technology, jobs could be made available where people live. Microsoft partnership will help identify what kind of online jobs to offer for the Egyptian community taking into consideration the current technological facilities found within the country> Therefore, once the initial processing and training is completed, a training based on the following assessment will be provided (Phase III of the Microsoft training) determining what e-jobs could be offered at the national level. This offers real opportunities to the young and eager unemployed.

4- Internet Cafes
TACC will also add a new dimension to the Siwan business sector by generating an Internet Cafe sub-sector. The addition of this new dimension will result in increases in job opportunities.

5- Citizen's Rights
Other benefits of access to IT include information about citizen's rights-having access of hoe a country's social system operates, for example. If a wife is abandoned by her husband, she might be eligible for alimony payments. But without knowing how the system works, without being "plugged in", the woman cannot access her rights. TACCs can play a role here by acting as efficient providers of that information and a link between the system and the citizen.

6- E-Learning
In the education sector, TACC will improve the quality of education available to the community. Teachers can gather more information about a specific topic, and hence work more efficiently. Also, they will transfer the knowledge they have acquired at the TACC to their peers and students, which will increase the future prospect of all parties. Furthermore, the quality of education among community members will improve as well by the direct use of the TACC by researchers and students for the purpose of searching for information, developing educational web sites and consulting professionals.

7- Communication
Siwans will be able to communicate, more easily and frequently with their families and friends, outside the Oasis, via the Internet (using emails, chat programs or similar programs) which is cheaper than making phone calls.

Database: Project in IT clubs in Egypt

Project Name:

Support to existing Community Access Centers (CACs)

Project Description:

MCIT has established over 600 technology clubs, to provide access to underprivileged community. These technology club one hosted and managed his government led organization and / or NGOs. The main objective is to provide access and IT skills to all sectors of the society especially the under served ones.

The technology centers are facing some challenges. The quality of the training and the curriculum given varies from one place to the other with no control or supervision, rendering the performance of the clubs ranging from good at some places to very poor at others. All the trainers received basic IT training either directly from the Ministry or via a secondary source rendering the quality of the trainers and there ability to deliver curriculum not up to standard in various Governorates.

The main goal of this project is to spread social awareness of information technology among Egyptian children and youth, and to train young people in skills that will maximize their productivity and let them enter the information era.

The project's primary objectives are:
- To upgrade the IT skills of 210 trainers at IT Clubs in 70 centers, and
- To provide basic IT training to 700 fresh graduates who rank amongst the underprivileged youth with the ultimate aim of assisting them in finding employment (10 youth per center)

ICTDAR is responsible for:
- Needs assessment development
- Identification of the Trainers
- Assisting in the design of the training program
- Adding and executing the component of ICT4D in the training program
- Providing technical assistance/expertise especially related to direct ICT for development activities to be more relevant to poverty reduction
- Producing one business model and business plan to ensure sustainability and the potential replication in similar environment at CTLC
- Preparing the community members especially youth to meet work force requirement
- Extending support in the area of capacity building

Database: Project in 6 major cities in Egypt

Project Name:

The Professional Training Program

Project Description:

The initiative is an intensive human resource development that aims at training a cadre of IT and communications specialists who will help upgrade Egypt’s ICT infrastructure.

The program is available for all Egyptian faculty graduated fulfilling the program criteria, and it is divided into two sections: Information Technology and Communication & Networking.

MCIT has set a target in the fall of 2000 to achieve in its 5 years plan training program, which is to train 20,000 to 25,000 IT professionals, and 4,000 to 5,000 communications and networking specialists (i.e. Annually performing training of around 5,000 IT professionals and 1,000 communications and networking technicians).

To materialize this initiative, MCIT started to create partnerships with multinational IT companies and launched a series of tenders. There are currently eleven multinational companies involved in the professional training program:

- IT Training: IBM, ICL, Orascom and Arab Academy for Science & Technology.
- Communications & Networking Training: Cisco, Nortel, Ericsson, Lucent, Siemens, Huawei, and AlcaTel.

The IT training focuses on developing software applications. There are 40 training centers throughout Egypt’s major cities. The contributing companies offer different tracks, each lasting six months.

The IT section is open to university graduates who have completed their studies within the latest three calendar years.

Database: Project in Egypt

Project Name:

WRCATI - Promoting the rights of women and children through the use of ICT

Project Description:

The project is to help empower women to address and resolve issues related to family law, including child support payments, marriage and divorce, labor, adoption and custody, etc… The project will produce user-friendly, readily understandable legal information in textual and video format in local language. The information will be delivered on the Internet (where applicable), CD-ROM and through telephone hot lines.

Already existing community centers and/or women support centers in rural and urban areas (47 in Lebanon, 1000 in Egypt) will be used to help access the information and advice. These centers will be equipped with computers and printers. Women will access the information with the help of a social worker, who will be trained in the basic use of ICT.

The project will produce CD Rom and Web-site on women rights laws, FAQs, family court automation and capacity building.

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