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“Nebny Masr” NGOs Use Technology to Re-build Egypt

This morning, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Egypt Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Trust Fund, Microsoft Egypt and the School of Business at the American University in Cairo (AUC) jointly launched a workshop entitled “Nebny Masr” (Let’s Build Egypt).

Recent events in Egypt have raised expectations for the emergence of an increasingly well-informed and well-educated public that looks forward to a liberalized economic system, an improved job market and more opportunities to be part of the decision-making process. And it is becoming clear that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are to play a crucial role alongside the state to meet such expectations. Furthermore, CSOs are capable of adding a new dimension to traditional politics-as-usual approach, and helping Egyptians find new ways of addressing the challenges of the transitional phase.

 

The two-day event aims to engage local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in discussions on the potential positive impact of ICTs on socio-economic development during Egypt’s transition to democracy. In particular, the workshop focuses on raising NGOs’ awareness on: the ICT perspective of current national issues of importance, the use of ICT tools to improve the efficiency of NGOs, and the use of ICT tools for knowledge and experience sharing. Around 400 participants representing 200 national NGOs participate in the workshop hosted by the AUC, in its Downtown Campus.

 

The workshop’s sessions will cover a wide range of ICT-related topics, including the use of ICT in the areas of democracy, health, the environment, employability and education, community participation, in addition to providing the participants with trainings on online marketing and branding; communication skills; project management; business planning; proposal writing; and planning for ICT needs.

 

For the duration of the workshop, representatives from the NGOs will have access to a resource booth, dedicated to helping them plan their projects and develop their organizations; connect with donors; meet with Microsoft employees and university students to find solutions for their technical issues; apply for software donations; and network with other NGOs for potential collaboration.

 

For more information about this event:

Egypt ICT Trust Fund

TEL: (02) 35341814

FAX: (02) 35341813

E-MAIL: info-ictfund@mcit.gov.eg

 

ABOUT the Egypt ICT Trust Fund: The Egypt ICT Trust Fund was established as a partnership between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2002 to assist the Government in the socio-economic development of Egypt. It aims at using information technology to further sustainable human development (SHD) and to build an information society capable of capitalizing on the emerging knowledge revolution. For more info on the Egypt ICT Trust Fund: www.ictfund.org.eg

ABOUT UNDP: UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. For more info on UNDP Egypt: www.undp.org.eg

About AUC: The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC’s academic program is rooted in liberal education. The university’s rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university — an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures. For more info on AUC: http://www.aucegypt.edu

About Microsoft: At Microsoft, our mission is to help people and businesses around the world realize their full potential. Since the founding of our company, we have felt an intense responsibility to change things for the better. It is underscored by our citizenship programs, which focus on increasing access to technology to help people improve their lives, particularly in underserved communities. As the world’s largest software company—with nearly 90,000 employees and almost 700,000 partners in over 100 countries—we recognize that Microsoft has an important role to play in helping to advance social and economic opportunities in communities around the world.