Nigeriaâ€™s non-profit institutions play a major role as they connect citizens with diverse services that they would otherwise have had no access to. Many of these NGOs work in rural areas or with underserved groups and could benefit a lot by employing the use of ICT tools, but they are yet to have their appropriate introduction beyond the meetings they have with consultants who provide them with one-off ICT services. Building on Microsoftâ€™s work around giving much-needed support to NGOs across the world, hosting a Microsoft NGO Connection Day in Nigeria will help fill a huge gap that will improve organizational efficiency while also helping many non-profits save cost. The Academy will offer an intensive capacity-building program to further enhance skills in ICT, allow NGO staff learn more about Microsoftâ€™s opportunities for non-profits, provide technical demonstrations of Microsoft products, give NGOs the opportunity to network with relevant institutions and also host an ICT Clinic that will allow participants get answers to everyday ICT questions.
In partnership with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) and the Centre for Information Technology and Systems (University of Lagos), National Planning Commission, Federal Ministry of Youth & Development, and Lagos State Government, Microsoft will host a 2-day program at the Computer Centre of the Centre for Information Technology and Systems, University of Lagos on December 17 and 18, 2009. The program will train participants on the use of ICT tools to improve their operations â€“ and they will also get information about Microsoftâ€™s many initiatives specifically designed for the third sector. On December 19, PIN will host an ICT Clinic that will provide on-the-spot answers to technology-related questions while also discussing the ongoing research on â€œDigital Lifestyle of Connected Nigeriansâ€. You are therefore invited to confirm your participation by writing to info[at]pinigeria.org or ugo.nwosu[at]ajegunle.org by December 4, 2009.
Please note that all participants will be responsible for their travel and lodging but training, materials (including a copy of the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum CD), coffee break and lunch will be provided by Microsoft â€“ at no cost to participants â€“ on December 17 and 18. We are also glad to announce that an event partner has announced the gift of free domain names and hosting (for 1 year) for up to 100 NGOs. This offer comes with an optional website design offer which will be discussed during the ICT Clinic on Saturday, December 19.
We look forward to hosting you.