ICT foundation based in PH gets UN award

For its grassroots-based telecenter project, an ICT foundation headquartered in the Philippines has been awarded at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) being held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WSIS is a conference organized by the United Nations through its ICT agency, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Hamadoun Touré, secretary-general of the ITU, announced on Monday, May 14, that Telecentre.org Foundation from the Philippines, with its project Telecentre.org Community Learning Program, is one the winners of 18 WSIS Project Prizes.

The prizes, which are being awarded for the first time this year, recognize excellence in the implementation of projects and initiatives which further the goals of the WSIS in improving connectivity to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

More than 170 projects from 50 countries were nominated. Submissions, which were subject to a stringent multi-phase evaluation, came from governments, international organizations, civil society, the private sector and individuals, reflecting the multi-stakeholder nature of the WSIS process.

The rest of the winners is here.

Telecentre.org Foundation traces its roots in 2002 to 2005 when Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Microsoft, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and the International Institute for Communication and Development gathered over 700 grassroots telecentre leaders around the world for key conventions, workshops and consultations regarding the state of the telecentre movement and their requirements to move forward.

The discussions confirmed the need for a global support network, with a mandate to improve telecentre capacity and sustainability locally while strengthening the global telecentre ecosystem.

In a bid to meet the demand for a global support network for telecentres, the IDRC, Microsoft, and SDC launched the Telecentre.org project in November 2005 at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, Tunisia.

In its first phase from 2005-2009, the project provided grants and technical assistance to telecentre networks and organisations around the world, and facilitated the creation of telecentre networks in about 40 countries.

In March 3, 2010, supervision of the Telecentre.org program was formally passed on from IDRC to the Telecentre.org Foundation based in the Philippines.

The WSIS Project Prizes were developed in response to requests from participants at the WSIS Forum 2011 for a mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals; governments; civil society; local, regional and international agencies; research institutions; and private sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs.

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