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Global ePolicy Resource Network (ePol-NET)
Institution: Canadian International Development Agency; Industry Canada
Theme: Information Access (and sharing)
Implementation Date: Dec 01, 2003
Summary: Championed by the Government of Canada (Industry Canada), the Global ePolicy Resource Network (ePol-NET), an initiative of the Group of Eight Digital Opportunities Task Force, was officially launched under the auspices of the United Nations ICT Task Force during the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in December 2003.

The network provides ICT policy-makers in developing countries with the depth and quality of information and resources needed to develop effective national e-policies and focused ICT e-strategies that can serve as enablers for social and economic development.

Canada contributes to the ePol-NET partnership through the Canadian ePolicy Resource Centre, which is an initiative of the Canada Fund for Africa. The Centre (http://www.ceprc.ca/index_e.html) serves as a Canadian source of information, expertise and mentoring in support of national policy-makers and regulators in African countries.

In collaboration with other ePol-NET resource centres around the world, the Canadian ePolicy Resource Centre addresses a wide range of ICT policies, regulations and strategies in areas such as e-commerce legal and policy frameworks, spectrum management, e-government, and information society metrics and analysis.

Canadian examples of activities supported under the ePol-NET partnership include an e-government workshop for Tanzanian Members of Parliament in May 2004; a conference on gender equality entitled Women and ICT: Challenges and Opportunities on the Road to Tunis; and a workshop on the strategic priorities of East Africa with respect to e-government.
Impact:
The Global ePolicy Resource Network brings together partners from a range of organizations around the world who contribute e-strategy and e-policy information and expertise for the benefit of individuals, organizations and governments in developing countries.

This enables organizations and countries to develop policies and strategies much more quickly and at a much lower cost than they could on their own.
Source: ITU
Project Home URL: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/canadafundforafrica
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