Sustainable development and technological empowerment of communities in remote areas

Mar 31, 2016

From Left to Right: Dr. Magued Othman; Telecom Egypt Chairman of the Board of Directors, Minister of MCIT HE Eng. Yasser El Qady, Head of ICT Trust Fund Eng. Hoda Dahroug, UNDP Country Director and Assistant Resident Representative Sherif Tokali

On 31 March 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) held a one-day conference on sustainable development and technological empowerment of communities in remote areas.

This event celebrated the success of the project implemented by MCIT that employed one of the most innovative community development models, designed especially for remote areas and piloted in Siwa in 2008, then replicated in Nuba in 2012. A development intervention, both holistic and complex, tackled education, health, economic development, and women empowerment. The project was tailored for the very specific cultural context of both areas, all with the aim of reducing vulnerabilities, exclusion and gender disparities.

The event also highlighted the collaboration between UNDP, MCIT and Arab Gulf Programme for Development, Microsoft, Orange, Injaz, Nafham, the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC), Cairo University and Tele-Med International in the implementation of the integrated development model in Nuba.

Quoting UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, UNDP Country Director Ignacio Artaza said: “The challenge of the Sustainable Development Goals will be to lift all people in extreme poverty out of it within a generation, and keep them out of it. It will be to turn the tide on rising inequality and to tackle entrenched marginalization and exclusion. This can only be done if development stakeholders rise to the complexity of the development challenges we face, and design and adopt more innovative approaches to tackling them”.

On the integral role of technology in sustainable development, Minister of Communication and Information Technology H.E. Engineer Yasser El Kady confirmed that the communications sector provides a wide range of technological solutions to enhance the government services. He also stated that they are working to ensure sustainable development in all governorates.

This event also witnessed the signature of a tripartite protocol between MCIT, IMC and e-finance, and a bilateral protocol between MCIT and Faculty of Medicine, Kasr El Eini Hospital, Cairo University.




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