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Commonwealth Secretariat


The Commonwealth Secretariat work as a trusted partner for all Commonwealth people as a force for peace, democracy, equality, and good governance; a catalyst for global consensus building; and a source of assistance for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Karat Coalition


KARAT is a regional coalition of organizations and individuals that works to ensure gender equality in the CEE/CIS countries, monitors the implementation of international agreements and lobbies for the needs and concerns of women in the region at all levels of decision-making fora.

Open Society Institute

The Open Society Institute is an international organisation related to George Soros with a mission to support the building of civic society.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UN body responsible for trade and development issues

World Bank Group

The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world.

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UNECE serves as a regional arm of the United Nations. It ensures that regional problems are addressed at United Nations world conferences, and facilitates follow-up at the regional level. The main areas of activity of UNECE are economic analysis, environment and human settlements, statistics, sustainable energy, trade, industry and enterprise development, timber and transport.

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

Financing for ICT for Development in India

By Weiting Xu, Research Associate at IT for Change

Information and communication technologies (ICT) is increasingly recognised by governments, the private sector and civil society alike in its potential to address existing obstacles to social and economic development of disadvantaged groups, as well as to transform the very systems that create inequalities in the first place. To this end, the work of ICT for Development (ICTD) is critical. GenderIT writer, Xu Weiting examines the role of the State and the private sector in creating enabling environments for the sustainability and success of ICTD initiatives, as well as the importance of women's inclusion and participation to ensure that they meet their broad development objectives of social, economic and political empowerment.<br /><br /><strong>Read more on the 52nd Commission on the Status of Women panel report, "Why the Purse Feels Empty: Financing for women's equitable access to information and communication technologies":</strong><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95573" class="category">What are the current financing trends and challenges in the ICTD sector?</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95570" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Role of ICTs in securing funds for women's groups [part 4] </a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95568" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Donor's perspective on financing gender and ICT initiatives [part 3]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95567" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Effective Financing Mechanisms to Progress Gender Equality [part 2]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95566" class="category">LISTEN:Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Financing Trends and Challenges in the ICT for Development [part 1]</a><br />

Where is the Money for Women's Rights Work on ICT? A brief look at the funding landscape for women’s organisations working on information and communication technologies

<img width="220" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="220" border="1" align="left" src="" alt="AWIDFundHer.gif" />In collaboration with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Lucía Carrasco, Fernanda Hopenhaym and Cindy Clark focuses the findings from "Where is the money for women's right? Strategic Initiative" onto the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) and gender. <br /><br />In addition, it includes some highlights from an interview conficted with Ms. Sonia Jorge, a specialist in Communications Policy and Regulation working on Gender and Development. This article presents a good overview on the financing and budgetary landscape of women's rights organisations working in ICT, and provides valuable recommendations on how to re-think the relationship between money and movements.

Do women’s access to ICTs lead to empowerment? Looking at the CEEWA ICT project in rural Uganda

By Patricia Litho

Is there a direct connection between empowerment and access to information and communication technologies? Patricia Litho interrogates this question through the CEEWA ICT project case study in rural Uganda. She examines the conceptualisation of empowerment, and its relationship with infrastructure, skills, connectivity, access and participation.