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The Jamaica Sustainable Development Network Networking at the National Level. Prepared for Workshop on “ Using Information for Decision-making on Sustainable Development- Issues and Challenges for Caribbean SIDS ”

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The jamaica sustainable development network networking at the national level

The Jamaica Sustainable Development Network Networking at the National Level

Prepared for Workshop on

“ Using Information for Decision-making on Sustainable Development- Issues and Challenges for Caribbean SIDS”

Organisation of American States and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

May 27-28, 2003, Rex St Lucia, St Lucia


Genesis of the sdn
Genesis of the SDN the National Level

  • SDN - a UNDP initiative developed in response to Agenda 21.

  • Objectives: To facilitate access to information and support the process of SD through the use of ICTs.


Attributes of ict4d
Attributes of ICT4D the National Level

ICTs offer a powerful mechanism to:

  • Facilitate cost effective access to and dissemination of information

  • Promote non discriminatory dialogue

  • Establish communities of interest across borders

  • Provide visual representations of complex development issues eg through GIS

  • Provide opportunities for modelling various outcomes based on specific scenarios


Jsndp
JSNDP the National Level

Jamaica SDNP operationalised in 1998

Mission

To enhance citizens’ capacity to access, understand, distribute and utilise information to enable them to sustain their livelihoods and socio-cultural values while conserving their natural environment.


Institutional arrangements
INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS the National Level

  • Multidisciplinary steering committee including private sector, public sector and academia representatives

  • Institutionalised in October 2002 as not for profit NGO

  • Multidisciplinary Board

  • Continued support from UNDP/GOJ


Focus
FOCUS the National Level

  • Connectivity

  • Capacity

  • Content

  • Cost


Activities
ACTIVITIES the National Level

  • Rural telecentre establishment

  • Capacity building in basic computer use and the Internet as well as other applications

  • SD web site establishment & maintenance

  • Web page development and hosting

  • Database establishment and information management


Community focal points
Community focal points the National Level

A combination of a community telecentre and information focal points

Partnerships developed based on criteria:

  • Must have a community development and or an information dissemination mandate

  • Must have a secure location

  • Must have trainable staff

  • Must be willing to function as a node for a community information network


Community focal points cont d
Community focal points the National Level(cont’d)

  • Must have proven ability to network and serve a wide constituency of community interests

  • Location must have community consensus


Features of agreement
Features of Agreement the National Level

JSDNP provides:

  • Equipment

  • Training for staff and community members

  • Training material, operating guidelines


Features of agreement cont d
Features of Agreement the National Level(cont’d)

Partner delivers:

  • Secure location

  • Trainable staff

  • Ready access and assistance to public

  • Quarterly reports on # users, user profile, revenue, expenditure

  • Information sub-committee


Focal point partnerships
Focal point partnerships the National Level

  • Liguanea Cybercentre, St Andrew

  • Bluefields Peoples Community Association

  • Browns Town Branch Library

  • Montego Bay Marine Park

  • International School of Jamaica, St Mary

  • Caribbean Coastal Area Management Programme, Clarendon


Where we are
WHERE WE ARE the National Level

  • Six rural community focal points established-several have leveraged additional support for their activities

  • More than 500 persons at the community level trained in basic computer applications and use of the Internet

  • Provision of Internet/computer access to over 4,000 persons in the seven locations which are served by JSDN cybercentres

  • Standardized operating guidelines and business model established for community cybercentres

  • Business Development programme underway to ensure financial sustainability of the Network


Where we want to be
WHERE WE WANT TO BE the National Level

Want to

  • create a culture that values information at all levels

  • make the point that information, unlike other commodities, increases in value the more it circulates

  • foster recognition of the value of local knowledge and have communities recognised as legitimate custodians of their own information


Where we want to be1
WHERE WE WANT TO BE the National Level

  • support focal points in their quest to respond to the development needs of their constituents:

    • Via literacy, distance learning, online discussions

    • Livelihood enhancement using tools such as ecommerce, digital art, digital music

    • Increased involvement of youth in community development process


Where we want to be2
WHERE WE WANT TO BE the National Level

  • Support new and emerging resource management groups such as local forestry management committees, local watershed committees, water users associations etc

  • Facilitate emerging governance structures and processes such as Parish Development committees, and local sustainable development planning processes


Strategies to get there
Strategies to get there the National Level

  • Development of community web sites,

  • Development of a community information network involving local partners and stakeholders

  • Establishment of a GIS based Development Information system with community level detail

  • Provision of access to tools and relevant applications to emerging local management groups

  • Extending the network of community focal points


Features of community websites
Features of community websites the National Level

  • Community profile -demographics,economic activities, resource organisations

  • Projects-ongoing and planned

  • Community events

  • Issues of concern

    Plans to link these with online newsapers


Development information system
Development Information system the National Level

  • Should be a community owned and maintained resource

  • Should make use of GIS and overlay demographic and other social and economic features on natural resource base maps


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned the National Level

  • CBOs NGOs and other CSOs have an increasing role to play in the SD process

  • ICTs are a valuable tool to support the SD process on a number of fronts and at various levels

  • CSOs operating at the community level are well placed to introduce the technology and adapt to the development needs of the community

  • Capacity building at the local level to harness use and disseminate information using available technology needs to be an ongoing process

  • The process of empowerment of citizens to effectively participate in SD is a time consuming and involved one and should not be compromised for short term gains


Thank You the National Level

For Your Attention


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