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04/02/08

SAF & GKP: A successful partnership

Source: Science and Arts Foundation Newsletter No. 59

 

Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is the world's first multi-stakeholder network promoting innovation and advancement in Knowledge and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Development. GKP brings together Public Sector, Private Sector and Civil Society organisations with the goal of Sharing Knowledge and Building Partnerships in Knowledge and ICT for Development. 

 

GKP's vision is: A world of equal opportunities for all people to have access to and use knowledge and information to improve their lives.

 

GKP's mission is: As an evolving network of commercial, public and civil society organisations, GKP shares knowledge and builds partnerships to realise the transformative potential of knowledge, communication and information technologies to improve lives, reduce poverty and empower people.

 

GKP has started its job in 1997. It is 10 years old and the network comprises over 100 members spanning 40 countries. GKP is a network for "Doers". Over the past 10 years, GKP has witnessed the growing importance of sharing knowledge and building partnerships to prepare a better future.

 

Science And Arts Foundation as one of active members of GKP in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) participated in the Global Knowledge Conference through 11th-13th December 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The GKP methods for addressing the challenges might change but cooperation among multiple stakeholders will remain crucial.

 

The cooperation between SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and SAF on Bam ICT Center Building is a successful partnership model. In 2003 after Bam disaster, SDC supported SAF for building the Bam ICT center. Through the GKP Network, SAF representative started to negotiate with SDC and when SDC came to Bam for more support, we built the partnership on Bam ICT center project.

 

SAF went to 3rd global knowledge conference to share its knowledge, to build new partnership at GKP network and also to say great thanks to SDC and GKP for their support. In Appreciation for vision and commitment to development, SAF dedicated a plate to Mr. Ambassador Walter Fust, the GKP and SDC chairman.

 

Here is some parts of Mr. Walter's speech at closing plenary on 13th December 2007:
 

"Youth have showed us that investing in them leads to great return on investment. What they need is proper skills, access to networks, dedicated mentors and financial resources. We have to increase our efforts to provide young people with opportunities. They simply deserve it, they are out future.
 
ICTs are central not only in early age education but also for lifelong learning. Women in particular must benefit from these opportunities. They must be given the same opportunities to successfully complete in the labor market or to become leaders of our businesses and enterprises.
 
ICTs not only reduce transaction costs for doing business and provide new business services; they bring together partners at local, regional and global levels and create new markets. Governance systems can be put in place thanks to ICTs for sound policies leading to growth and the creation of new markets.

There is a need to address the dangers of misuse of ICTs as well as to solve the issues of cyber waste. Cyber security and cybercrime are themes that deserve special attention.

ICTs offer further growing opportunities for innovation, not the least because they facilitate peer to peer knowledge sharing and collaboration.

EDUCATION is more important than ever and ICTs can make a difference in terms of quality, quantity and availability.

GKP continues to implement the strategy of sharing knowledge and building partnerships and advocate how best to connect people and promote affordable access."
 


From left to right: Dr.Yahya Tabesh(SAF Board Member),
Mr. Walter Fust (the GKP and SDC Chairman),
Mr. Alireza Masrour( Managing Director of SAF)

 

Source of the news and photo: GKP conference closing ceremony and GKP website

Science and Arts Foundation
http://www.science-arts.org
http://www.saf.ir

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