User distribution by Country
Argentina 1
Canada 2
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Egypt 7
Entire Middle East 1
France 1
Germany 1
India 3
Japan 2
jordan 4
kenya 1
Kuwait 1
Lebanon 30
Netherlands 2
Nigeria 1
Other 9
Pakistan 1
Palestine 3
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Philippines 1
Saudi Arabia 4
South Africa 2
Spain 3
Switzerland 1
Syria 11
Turkey 1
UAE 6
uganda 3
United Kingdom 2
USA 12
Yemen 5
Total Registered Users: 123
Database: Project in Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon

Project Name:

Achieving e-Quality in the IT Sector

Project Description:

“Achieving E-Quality in the IT Sector” initiative was designed to meet the UNIFEM strategy of targeting the issue of unemployment among women and to help them generate income by developing their IT skills and linking them to the job market.

According to findings from the study published by UNIFEM, "Jordanian Women in the ICT Space”, there was an urgent need to close the widening gender gap currently existing in the ICT sector and to ensure a positive policy environment guaranteeing women’s full participation in this vital sector. The project came as a direct response to this need, attempting to enable women to build their technical and professional capabilities, allow them the opportunity to compete effectively in the currently male-dominated ICT market and secure their access to high-quality jobs.

“Achieving E-Quality in the IT Sector” Phase I provided CNAP (Cisco Networking Academy Program) training to men and women from ten academies, parallel to their technical training, the students received soft skills training to enhance their skills in areas such as CV writing, communication and creative thinking and therefore increase their chances of finding employment. Upon completion of the program, students received career counseling and were guided to quality jobs in the IT sector.

Phase I of the project proved very successful: over 1600 students received 280 hours of technical training. Around 1000 of them participated in the career counseling activities and over 400 graduates went on to get employment in the IT field.

As UNIFEM worked closely with the individuals and the academies, many academies and organizations witnessing the success of the project expressed their interest in joining. The interest in joining was also driven by Jordan's government policy towards building IT capacity amongst Jordanians as well as by the e-government initiative to incorporate IT into all ministries. Both public and private sector institutions were encouraged to approach UNIFEM and empower their students and staff through training.

Given the reasons mentioned above, the need to continue on with the project became apparent. More work must be done in order to maximize the benefits by allowing more participants to gain from this initiative and help them find quality jobs in the ICT market. Therefore the project was extended to Phase II and is being replicated in Morocco and Lebanon.

UNIFEM will ensure that the program reaches a diverse group of women, prioritizing those who have low-income and who would not normally be able to access this type of capacity building. More specifically, target students within the project include: women entrepreneurs, university and college students, NGO staff as well as women interested in gaining IT skills and joining the ICT sector.

Database: Project in Jabal Al-Natheef, Jordan

Project Name:

Al-Karma Center in Jabal Al-Natheef

Project Description:

Al-Karma Center was inaugurated on September 16, 2002 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, and includes the following five components:

- The Training Institute
- Al-Karma Kitchen
- Jordan River Designs Project
- Wadi Al-Rayan Project
- The Karma Nursery

Only the first of the above listed five project components is directly related to ICT in the context of poverty reduction.

This project was established to serve the underprivileged community that is in dire need for productive income-generating activities that focus on employing the greatest number of community members. They are implemented through the effective participation of the community in terms of contribution in research, supervision and follow up on these projects so that revenue through employment benefited families in need.

Database: Project in Jordan

Project Name:

Arab Network for Bridging the Digital Divide

Project Description:

Project Goals:
- To promote and support ICT skills training in the Arabic and English languages in all the countries of the Arab region
- To enable everyone, if possible, to develop basic competencies in specific IT applications and programs, and hence spread computer and Internet literacy throughout the Arab world.

Database: Project in Jordan

Project Name:

Arab States Regional Network

Project Description:

Project Goals:

1. To use the modern information and communication technologies to realize the human development objectives, reduce poverty, as previously agreed during the Millennium Summit in the United Nations.

2. Employing the concept of information and communication technologies as a successful means for all development efforts.

3. To serve as a bridge between the ICT and development communities and examine how to use ICT to leverage and enhance development programs and projects.

4. To provide a forum for integrating ICT into development programs and address such issues as strategy, infrastructure, enterprise, human capacity, content, applications, and smart partnerships

5. To explore partnerships of public, private, non-profit, civil society and multilateral
stakeholders by helping develop new models of leadership and collaboration to
significantly advance the global effort to bridge the digital divide, foster digital opportunity and firmly put ICT at the service of development for all.

6. To help coordinate, mobilize and link existing and new public and private resources, at
national, regional, and global levels, to comprehensively address the issues of
connectivity, capacity, and content with a view to promoting universal, affordable, and
meaningful access to ICT, particularly for the poor and disadvantaged. Opportunities for
preventing, reducing and eliminating gender disparities in participation in the ICT sector,
and in access to and use of ICT for development will be pro-actively identified.

Database: Project in Beqaa, Zarka, Gharandal Village

Project Name:

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

Project Description:

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) finances small projects (maximum $50,000) implemented by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities in areas related to child protection, democracy, poverty alleviation, employment, and the environment.

The Safe Childhood Centre in the Beqaa (one of the beneficiaries of the CFLI) refugee camp provides children with a secure place where they can develop their capacities under the care of trained supervisors. The centre offers access to a library, computer centre, and playground.

In the area of poverty alleviation and employment, the fund is assisting in the creation of an electronic database for employment opportunities in Zarqa; providing support to two programs developing sustainable housing for the poor; and supporting training sessions, funding, and advice for women in Gharandal Village to start their own income-generating projects

Database: Project in Jordan

Project Name:

Cisco Networking Academy Program

Project Description:

The project aimed at improving women's information and communications technology (ICT) knowledge and skills, through:

- Training women in the skills needed to compete in a male-dominated job market
- Establishing Cisco Networking Academy Programs with a gender focus
- Linking graduates of the Cisco program with local and regional ICT job markets
- Raising awareness on women's participation in the ICT sector
- Positively influencing national IT policies

Database: Project in Jordan (Zarqa and Ajloun)

Project Name:

Enhancing Technical Training and Employment Opportunities for Women

Project Description:

The main objective of the project was to ensure that women are provided with opportunities to obtain the necessary skills required to effectively compete for employment;

The project targeted community colleges in particular, due to the high rates of unemployment and low rates of return among women community college graduates (6.4% as opposed to 21.4% rate of return among post graduate level education);

The project therefore aimed at building the institutional capacities of community colleges and ensure that technical programs offered are designed to meet and adapt to changing labor market needs;

Two pilot ‘non-traditional’ training programs were introduced into the academic curricula in the fields of Information Technology (IT) and Textiles. Further funding opportunities are being explored in order to expand the project and implement new training programs to equip the female community college graduates with the necessary technical and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that meet labor market demands in relevant sectors.

Database: Project in Lib and Mleih

Project Name:

E-Village Initiative

Project Description:

In line with fulfilling UNIFEM’s strategic objectives to increase awareness of opportunities for women’s participation in the economy and ensure gender equality with respect to the labor market, the proposed project seeks to address the need to increase the capacities and economic opportunities of rural women in the field of information and communications technology within the villages of Lib and Mleih, as a model to bridging the country’s digital divide.

This project combines several of the country’s ongoing IT initiatives into one pilot village, so that in addition to benefiting a rural community, collaborating initiatives can work together, as well as share resources, experiences and best practices. Through the network created in the e-Village, gender-sensitizing initiatives will be achieved thereby creating a gender-mainstreamed development approach.

Through ‘E-Village’, multiple stakeholders have, for the first time in Jordan, joined together to achieve one goal, this has resulted in a model development approach that could be replicated in other villages and cities leading to the creation of His Majesty’s vision of an e-Jordan. This gender-sensitive model can also be tailored to fit the needs and requirements of other villages and cities in the region.

Database: Project in Amman

Project Name:

Improving the Life Conditions of People with Physical Disabilities through the use of ICT Tools and Applications

Project Description:

The aim of this project is to ensure that this national vision applies to all segments of the Jordanian population, including disadvantaged groups such as people with physical disabilities. With an estimated prevalence of 3-7% worldwide, disability represents a great challenge for real human development. As a consequence of cultural beliefs, lack of awareness, and/or inadequate services people with disabilities are often marginalized and are not given the same opportunities of contributing to and participating in local community life.

The main objective of the project is to provide people with physical disabilities with equal educational and employment opportunities through access to ICT applications and services. This will be achieved through the development of three main components:

1) Establishing a specialized IT center with adequate equipment and training for people with physical disabilities. This center will fall under the broader umbrella of the Knowledge Stations initiative that has established 75 IT centers to date, with another 25 to be established by the end of 2004.

2) Developing a programme to increase awareness among community members on the rights and opportunities of people with physical disabilities.

3) Providing business development advice and services as well as other income-generating projects for people with physical disabilities.

In the future, the specialized IT center will also aim to become a research center for the collection and dissemination of data and information on the situation of the physically disabled people in the country.

Database: Project in Jordan covering all Governorates of Kingdom

Project Name:

Internet Bus

Project Description:

With the ultimate aim of eradicating Internet illiteracy, enhancing Internet discovery and training the younger generations on Internet usage, the Jordan Telecom Fund launched the Internet Bus concept.

Equipped with computers connected to the Internet through VSAT, the bus reaches schools in remote areas where no Internet services are available and provides Internet connectivity and awareness building to school students local communities.

The Internet Bus continues its rounds during the summer months by visiting summer camps, youth centers, and cultural centers.

Database: Project in Jordan

Project Name:

Jordan Information Technology Community Centers Initiative (JITCC)

Project Description:

The projects aims at establishing Information Technology Community Centers throughout the Kingdom to create ICT awareness, provide access and train Jordanians for new age skills.

The objectives are to bridge the digital divide among various communities, enhance capacity building for local community development, promote economic opportunities and sustainability, complement other National initiatives, and engage local communities in socio-economic development.

JITCC is a three-phase project.

Database: Project in - Project Management Unit - Amman; - 100 Knowledge Stations in 12 Governorates around the Kingdom

Project Name:

Knowledge Station

Project Description:

This project is one in a series of government initiatives to utilize the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution as a means to enhance the national economy and further establish the country as a leader in the provision of IT services and products.

There is a recognized digital divide that characterizes Jordanian society, which may be attributed to a number of IT infrastructure limitations such as high computer access costs, lack of relevant facilities and opportunities for affordable basic IT skills training, and geographical location of Internet providers which are predominantly in the North of the country. In order to address these challenges and to act on His Majesty’s vision for all segments of the Jordanian society to move as one towards computer literacy, the Government has embarked on establishing a network of IT Knowledge Stations throughout the Kingdom.

The main objective of the project is to provide equal opportunities for all to benefit from the potential of ICT as a tool for sustainable human development. To this end, the project aims to assist the Government of Jordan in establishing a network of IT centers that offer both rural and urban communities the possibility of gaining access to sophisticated low cost IT services, enhancing their skills and knowledge through specialized IT training, accessing global, regional, and national information through the Internet, and providing consultancies and advice to small businesses.

Database: Project in Petra, Jordan

Project Name:

MENA Regional Roaming Institute for Women’s Leadership and Training of Trainers

Project Description:

Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) convened the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women’s Leadership and Training of Trainers from December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan.

Thirty women leaders from twelve Arab countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen took part in the week-long Institute.

The goal of the Regional Institute was to empower and train Arab women activists in the Middle East and North Africa to become better trainers and advocates for women’s rights and full participation in civil society, and to enable them to provide ICT training to their constituencies that help improve job skills, secure employment, and strengthen micro-enterprise businesses.

Database: Project in Jordan

Project Name:

Support to Jordan's E-Learning Initiative

Project Description:

The project responds to a call from the Jordanian government to assist in the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in the national education system.
The project comprises three main initiatives:

1) The launching of ICT in education. This initiative ($1 million) raised the awareness among senior officials and administrators of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of the wide range of ways in which Internet-based computer technology could be used in the schools and introduced them to various Canadian experiences in this area.

2) Supporting E-Learning in Jordan: This initiative ($3.5 million) is directed at developing the capacity of the Ministry of Education at the policy and operational levels to integrate ICT in public schools.

CIDA support provided the Jordanian E-Learning Coordination Unit with equipment, training, and professional development in the areas of curriculum and material development, training delivery, change management, monitoring, workshop delivery, and communications.

Canarie Inc., a Canadian company, is helping design and organize a broadband network linking 8 universities, 17 colleges, 3,100 schools, 400 post offices, and 70 telecentres throughout the country.

3) Supporting E-Learning in Jordan II: This initiative ($5 million) supports educational interventions led by the Ministry of Education in the field of E-Learning in Jordanian schools according to the principles of the Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy.

Database: Project in Jordan

Project Name:

The Human Resource Development Information System (HRDIS)

Project Description:

The project focused on assisting Jordan in the establishment of a world-class Human Resource Development Information Service by supporting the creation of an Internet-based National Labor Market Information System, a National Business Database, National Electronic Recruitment Services, and a Professional Counselor Program within the national educational institutions.

The Professional Counseling program demonstrated to individuals how to plan their career using technology and market information and included on-line manuals, self-evaluation tests, and advice.

Jordan is committed to establishing a fully functioning national labor information network to allow it to better employ the graduates of the country's education and training systems.



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