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bullet ICT Policy for Civil Society: Training Curriculum

The ICT Policy for Civil Society training materials build the capacity of civil society organisations to understand policy and regulation related to information and communication technologies (ICT) so that they can begin to engage and influence policy processes affecting ICT adoption and implementation at national, regional and global levels.

Materials use the modular MMTK format, which allow trainers to build up their own workshops from the components provided. For more information about the MMTK and for training materials on other topics visit
http://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/.

INDIVIDUALS UNITS

ALL MATERIALS AS
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We request that you send us any modifications or developments you make to or translation of these materials to apc-policy@apc.org so that we can share them with other people that may find them useful.

If you have any questions or are planning to run this course and would like support please get in touch with APC at apc-policy@apc.org.

ICTS & ICT POLICY

 

Core materials

Overview: Materials for use with all ICTs policy units.   Materials: (MS Word)

What are ICTs?

Developed by: Kate Wild and APC.

Overview: This is an introductory unit and is meant to consolidate an understanding of ICT and its impact/use in modern life.

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Internet basics

Developed by: APC

Overview: An introduction of the history of the internet and how the internet works, as well costs associated with internet costs.

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What is ICT policy?

Developed by: Kate Wild and APC.

Overview: This unit introduces participants to ICT policy and its various aspects.

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The ICT policy process

Developed by: Kate Wild and APC.

Overview: This unit introduces participants to the ICT policy process.

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From policy to legislation to regulation

Developed by: Kate Wild and APC.

Overview: This unit introduces participants to the links between policy, legislation and regulation.

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International and regional influences on ICT policy

Developed by: Kate Wild and APC.

Overview: This unit introduces participants to the increasing number of international and regional influential actors.

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Why should CSOs be interested in ICT policy?

Developed by: APC.

Overview: An overview of civil society’s interest in ICT policy.

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Privatization, liberalization and competition in telecommunications

Developed by: Miller Esselaar & Associates and APC.

Overview: The issues related to privatization, liberalization and competition in telecommunications.

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Human rights and ICT policy

Developed by: APC

Overview: This unit provides an overview of Human Rights conventions, the different ‘generations’ of human rights, how these can be interpreted in the context of ‘the information society’, and explicitly as communication rights, and how the securing of communication rights is a fundamental pillar in securing all human, economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights and why it is important to apply a human rights perspective in the development of ICT policy.

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African participation in WSIS

Developed by: David Souter

Overview: This paper presents a review of African participation in the first phase WSIS process (i.e. the Geneva summit held in December 2003 and the preparatory process leading up to it). It is not intended as a comprehensive analysis, but to stimulate discussion about ways in which African participation - particularly that of African civil society - can be more effectively structured during the second phase of the summit.
 

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DIGITAL DIVIDE

 

Gender sensitization

Developed by: APC

Overview: This unit provides an overview of the key concepts in gender analysis, and introduces the various approaches to gender awareness development, as well as the basis for an exercise where participants can understand their own interventions against the Sarah Longwe "Women’s empowerment cycle".

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Gender and ICTs policy

Developed by: APC Overview: This unit provides an overview of critical gender and ICT issues, their relevance for ICT policy formulation, programme design and implementation, as well as the monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of ICT initiatives. It also provides an introduction to the Gender Evaluation Methodology developed by the APC WNSP.    Materials: (MS Word)

Real Access

Developed by: bridges.org

Overview: This unit will explain the basic concepts of the Real Access/Real Impact framework and demonstrate how it can be used to improve the way that ICT is used for socio-economic development.

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Social exclusion in the information age

Developed by: Amy Mahan

Overview: This unit introduces participants to issues related to social exclusion and examines threats and opportunities arising from social exclusion and globalisation. It also examines the issue of harnessing regulation to fight against social exclusion in the information society.

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ICTs for Development

 
Developed by: Amy Mahan

Overview: This unit introduces participants to the issues involved in using ICTs for development. It also addresses the relationship between ICTs and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and has a section on indicators and measuring the digital divide.

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ADVOCACY

 

Advocacy journalism

Developed by: Vanessa Vasques, Highway Africa.

Overview:
This unit looks at advocacy journalism, what it means, how it can be used, and how it is different from traditional journalism.

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What is Advocacy

Developed by: Tracey Naughton and APC

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Defining the issue

Developed by: Tracey Naughton and APC

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Researching the issue

Developed by: Tracey Naughton and APC

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The Campaign vision

Developed by: Tracey Naughton and APC

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Stakeholder mapping

Developed by: Tracey Naughton and APC

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Advocacy Strategies

Developed by: Tracey Naughton and APC

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Campaign Monitoring and Evaluation

Developed by: Tracey Naughton and APC

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Acknowledgements

The "ICT Policy for Civil Society" curriculum was made possible with the support of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation
and
the CATIA project of the Department for International Development.

     

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