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UNDP Fiji and e-Pacifika Update. Edo Stork Regional Coordinator UNDP e-Pacifika & Thematic Analyst ICT for Development UNDP Fiji Multi Country Office [email protected] www.undp.org.fj/ICT.htm . Current Projects.

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UNDP Fiji and e-Pacifika Update

Edo StorkRegional Coordinator UNDP e-Pacifika & Thematic Analyst ICT for Development UNDP Fiji Multi Country [email protected] www.undp.org.fj/ICT.htm

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Current Projects

  • e-Pacifika Pacific Sub-Regional Project (facilitation of development National ICT Strategies for 14 countries)

  • Telecommunication Sector Governance Project (ended Dec. 2003)

  • JICA PFnet Impact Research Project executed by Univ. South Pacific, UNDP, PFnet/RDVA

    Upcoming: PFnet Replica Project Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands

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e-Pacifika (Nat. ICT strategies)

  • Partnership with BBC WS Trust, UNESCO (ICTs and MDGs): feeds into Nat. ICT Strategies

  • Solomon Islands ICT Strategy Roadmap

  • +: Palau, Samoa, Fiji

  • +/-: Federated States Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Niue

  • ?: Tonga, Cook Islands, Tuvalu

  • Future: PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati/Vanuatu,

  • Unknown: Nauru

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Ideas/Under Development

  • Solomons: Pilot Peace Building Project in former conflict area involving PFnet

  • Solomons: PFnet for Police Posts project

  • Kiribati/Tuvalu: Outer island development incl. PFnet

  • e-Pacifika->Fiji: Billboards for ICT Awareness with ISP Provider/National ICT Council

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Some Successes

  • ICTD established in UNDP Fiji MCO

  • PFnet proven model since 2001:

    • PFnet WSIS Best Practice in ICT4D in 2003

    • Finalist Stockholm Challenge 2002 and 2003/2004

    • Finalist 2002 ICT Stories Competition

    • PFnet project is UNDP Asia Pacific Best Practice

    • Current JICA Research (multi-bi)

    • PFnet UN TV Video

  • SOI ICT Workshop Report Published incl. methodology for ICTD Strategy Development

  • e-Pacifika partnership with UNESCO, possibly UNESCAP re BBC proposal

  • Publicity: CNN, Pacific Islands Business, various radio, magazines, newspapers

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Lessons Learnt

  • Networking and partnership building

  • Networking within UNDP crucial (f.e. POWII)

  • Evaluation of ICTD projects is crucial: builds trust and credibility

  • In Pacific grassroots projects can spark the policy process (cause: lack of awareness ICTD)

  • Start very small →show results → grow bigger

  • ICTD ‘Mainstreaming’: start with others, then yourself

  • National projects more effective than (sub) -regional ones? Less efficient however?

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Food for Thought

  • Do island/small countries need separate national ICT strategies?

  • Bad governance -> development does not trickle down? -> focus on Grassroots and private sector?

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Contact Info & Resources

  • Drop me a line:

    Edo Stork: [email protected]

  • More info:

    • PFnet web site: www.peoplefirst.net.sb

    • UNDP Fiji PFnet web site: www.undp.org.fj/PFnet.htm

    • UNDP Fiji ICTD Pages: www.undp.org.fj/ICT.htm

    • PFnet Research:www.undp.org.fj/PFnet_Research.htm