Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP)
The Third Global Knowledge Conference (GK3) is a gathering of 2000 global visionaries, innovators, practitioners and policy makers, all geared to sharing knowledge and building partnerships. It will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 11 to 13 December 2007. The GK3 theme Emerging People, Emerging markets, Emerging Technologies is a dynamic focus on the interplay, interface and interweaving of issues related to Knowledge for Development and Information and Communication Technologies for Development within the context of evolving societies, economics and technologies worldwide.
As a member of Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), ICVolunteers organised a round table and participated in a high level panel jointly organized by the Global Alliance for ICT for Development (GAID) and GKP. ICV also lead the cybervolunteering group exhibition together with other NGOs from different parts in the world.
SS4: Special Cross-Cutting Session on Volunteerism
Volunteerism in the Digital Age
Volunteering is a mass social phenomenon and an expression of solidarity in development action involving hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In an era when the international community and decision makers are grappling with the challenges of spreading opportunities for human development as widely as possible, it is timely to consider the role and contribution of Volunteerism in the Digital Age.
Rapid advancement in the field of ICT has made the world more connected. It has also led to a vast divide between those with ICT access and skills, and those without. Without ICT access and skills, people are unable to connect and reap opportunities presented by a networked world, and are thus in danger of being left behind. ICT Volunteerism has a crucial role to play in furthering the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in bridging this divide.
ICT Volunteerism provides one of the solutions to the problem of building human capacity that helps nations harvest the benefits of the digital age for development purposes. It also helps under-served communities to be part of the Information Society, particularly in developing countries, by enabling a transfer of valuable ICT skills and knowledge.
This session organised by GKP and the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN-GAID) aims to raise awareness on the impact and importance of ICT volunteerism in spreading digital dividends worldwide with examples drawn across sectors and thematic areas covering health, education, disaster management and more. Challenges in delivering ICT volunteerism effectively will also be highlighted. Discussion with participants will revolve around issues of how to sustain volunteer initiatives with the support of public and private sector players, how to enhance collective advocacy on ICT Volunteerism, and how to continue the knowledge sharing on lessons learned.
Barbara Waugh, Director, University Relations Hewlett-Packard Company [presentation]
Paul Jhin, Director of Special Initiatives, Peace Corps Headquarters [presentation]
Quinn Sutton, Executive Director, Digital Alliance Foundation [presentation]
Sobri Ahmad, Secretary-General of the Committee of ASEAN Youth Cooperation [presentation]
Viola Krebs, Executive Director, ICVolunteers [presentation]