I am presently completing a study on the subject above, following discussions with a leading IT institute in Nigeria — towards developing a professional course in the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), aimed at building the capacity of non-profits in Nigeria towards the application of ICTs in their respective areas of involvement. Please spread the word and ask non-profits to complete the questionnaire below — copy, paste, complete and send back to gbenga.sesan[at]pin.org.ng at your earliest convenience, but before October 30, 2007.
Position in Organization:
Organizationâ€™s Website Address:
Organizationâ€™s Operational Coverage:
Years of Operation:
Number of full-time staff:
Organizationâ€™s Training Budget:
Percentage of training budget dedicated to ICT capacity building:
Does your organization require ICT training?
Is your organization interested in using ICTs for Development?
Are you willing to pay for ICT4D training?
How many staff members will you wish to train in ICT4D?:
ICT Capacity Building for Non Profits in Nigeria
The inability of developing nations to benefit maximally from the popular opportunities that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) provide â€“ in promoting economic transformation and reducing poverty â€“ is of great concern. A recent report states that, â€œTwenty years ago, 75% of the worldâ€™s telephones were found in just nine countries, and there were more phones in Tokyo than the whole of Africa. Today, Africa has almost twice as many phones as Tokyo â€, but it will be impossible to say the same in terms of economic development. For example, the number of telephone lines in Nigeria increased from about 500,000 to almost 40 million between 1999 and 2007 , but its economy has not enjoyed a similar astronomic growth. With Tokyoâ€™s GDP (IMF 2006) put at $4.367 trillion, and â€“ for the same period and source â€“ that of Nigeria, $115.4 billion; South Africa, $255.2 billion; Uganda, $9.44 billion; Cameroun, $18.37 billion; and Tunisia, $30.6 billion; economic indices have spoken for themselves.
Recent studies and reports have rightly placed emphasis on the need for developing countries to use ICTs for development, such as the United Nations Development Programâ€™s Human Development Report which stated that, â€œâ€¦ information and communications technology (ICT) can also make an important development impact, because it can overcome barriers of social, economic and geographical isolation, increase access to information and education, and enable poor people to participate in more of the decisions that affect their lives.â€ Non-profit organizations are critical in this scenario because they often work at community levels to address socio-economic needs. If these organizations are able to use ICTs in the delivery of their work, the chances of improved livelihoods may be considerably higher.
The proposed course (in the use of ICTs for Development â€“ ICT4D), which will be developed and delivered by professionals, will combine practical applications, case studies and classroom discussions aimed at helping each non-profit to appreciate, understand and apply ICTs in the effective delivery of their work which seeks to address socio-economic growth with diverse underserved people-groups.