User distribution by Country
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Argentina 1
Canada 2
Denmark 1
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
Palestinian Authority 1
Philippines 1
Saudi Arabia 4
South Africa 2
Spain 3
Switzerland 1
Syria 11
Turkey 1
UAE 6
uganda 3
United Kingdom 2
USA 13
Yemen 5
Total Registered Users: 125
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 Lebanon

Project Name:

Canadian Fund for Social Development

Project Description:

The Canadian Fund for Social Development finances micro projects proposed by local communities and organizations to assist the least fortunate in Lebanese society, particularly refugees, women, unemployed youth, and displaced communities.
The fund provides financing and technical support to local micro projects proposed by civil society organizations and contributes to the economic and social development of rural and semi-urban populations.

The projects will involve initiatives such as
- job training
- health
- education
- community development.

The fund assists self-help activities designed to enhance the social and economic status of the poorest and most marginalized groups, particularly in economically deprived regions.
It also targets Lebanese and Palestinian groups working in refugee camps to help them develop the capacity to find innovative solutions that best deliver much-needed social services and economic development.

Database: Project in North Lebanon (Akkar and Tripoli region)

Project Name:

Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction

Project Description:

The project aimed at building capacities for poverty reduction in Akkar and Tripoli, and was comprised of three components:

1- Surveys and Studies: (multipurpose Survey- Social outlook)
2- MOSA Capacity Building and Social Development Capacity Centers (SDCc): This includes training to MOSA and to local NGO on issues related to social development
3- 11 interventions (Pilot /testing projects) aimed at developing a Project Support Document (PSD) for comprehensive interventions. Of the interventions was a Mobile Computer Training Center to train school students on different villages on the use of computer programs.

Other interventions included:
- Vocational training for youth
- Literacy classes and Basic Education
- Assistant Nurse training
- Crop and Soil Monitoring for farmers
- Provision of accessories for tractors,
- Installation of potable water pipes
- French language courses for intermediate students
- Agro industry workshops.

Database: Project in Beirut areas namely: - Marmkhael-Ashrafieh - Mazraa - Tarik Jadidah - Ras El-Nabeh

Project Name:

Civic Centers Program

Project Description:

Provides trainees with educational, technical and vocational skills in a variety of major fields (including Computer literacy, programming and hardware assembly) to encourage the seeking of knowledge and promoting self-reliance.

The courses are tailored to cater for the requisites of the labor market

The selection of trainees, from amongst the applicants, generally follows the rule of equal opportunity, but with special attention to candidates who are in critical need to improve their economical and social status and who are sufficiently ambitious to achieve such improvement.

Database: Project in South Lebanon: Rmeich, Khiam, Bebnine, Chebaa, Marjayoun, Bint-Jbeil, Hasbiya, Ebles Saqi, Qaroun, Hebbariyé, Beit leif, Aita Echaab, Mhaidse, and Rachaiya el Foukhar.

Project Name:

Computer Donation

Project Description:

The project entailed distribution of 280 used and refurbished PCs as a donation to entities in need within Mercy Corps’ village clusters.

Choice of the beneficiary community was guided by the possibility of the donation having a long-term impact on productivity and education in the community.

Database: Project in North of Lebanon

Project Name:

Distribution of Computer Equipment

Project Description:

The project consisted of:

- A donation of computers to schools, vocational institutes, universities, municipalities and civil associations;

- Equipping the North Lebanon Bar Association with an IT center.

Database: Project in The North of Lebanon

Project Name:

Eradicating IT Illiteracy

Project Description:

Eradicating IT Illiteracy aims to teach the basics of using computers and the Internet

The Foundation has developed a training curriculum for a nine-week course along with sixteen permanent IT training centers, four temporary summer centers, and a mobile learning center serving remote areas.

Database: Project in Lebanon

Project Name:

E-strategy – Phase II

Project Description:

Phase 1 of the National e-Strategy for Lebanon was completed in Oct 2003, resulting in the E-Strategy document for Lebanon.

The current phase, “Launching the National e-Strategy” will go on until December 31 2004, and the main deliverables are the e-Strategy Implementation Plan as well as a series of short quick win projects.

The subsequent phase will focus on kicking off the implementation.

ICTDAR is responsible for:
- Helping advocacy
- High level political endorsement
- Discussions with private sector
- Support of formulation of the quick win projects
- Organization of workshops to publicize e-strategy

Database: Project in Lebanon

Project Name:

ICT Support Center for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Project Description:

The ICT center for SMEs will provide Arab SMEs with a one stop shop for their ICT needs.

By providing multiple services and resources allowing Arab SMEs to leverage the use of ICT, the project will increase the capacity of SMEs, especially in terms of employment generation.

The interventions towards SMEs will aim at the retooling of existing business practices with added ICT emphasis for efficiency, markets outreach, the cross-fertilization of information related to market creation, innovation and technology adoption. The program will tend to promote, support and complement large scale and replicable employment generation initiatives.

The overall objective of the center is to provide resources and services to SMEs in the usage of ICT. Such resources and services will allow SMEs in the Arab region to increase competitiveness and efficiency.

Project will cover the following activities:
- Set up an ICT Hub (service provider) in partnership with government, NGOs, professional associations, local authorities and the private sector
- Create nodes through existing Community Access Centers (2nd phase)
- Develop Entrepreneurship specially for Women and Youth
- Develop an SME Info Portal and Toolkit

The centers will be implemented nationally in several Arab Countries based on a regional e-business model replication mechanism through the region.

Project Objectives:
-To foster SMEs creation
-To bring IT jobs to rural areas to address unemployment, underemployment, and population loss
-To enable local development

Database: Project in Mainly in and around Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon

Project Name:

Literacy Program

Project Description:

As part of the organization's Education Program, the literacy program aims at providing a computer training program for girls & boys to enhance their knowledge.

This comes as one project among many other initiatives aimed at enhancing the welfare of Palestinian refugees including:
- The establishment of family centers and donation programs
- Health services the like of dental clinics, mental health care and general polyclinics
- Income Generating Projects & Vocational Training that provide women with embroidery skills and men with barber, and construction training etc)

Database: Project in Akkar- North Lebanon: - Bebnine - Tal Abbas - Al Mkaybleh

Project Name:

Multipurpose Technology Community Centers (MTCC)

Project Description:

MTCC's focus on providing livelihood benefits to the impoverished segments of society and to local enterprises through the use of New technologies including ICT.

With an aim to empower community development, the Akkar MTCC is hosted within municipality and school premises. The project is a long term, non-profit venture undertaken with a view towards sustainable development on the basis of enterprise entities.

The MTCC offers a wide range of services within a flexible format to provide new opportunities and adjust to market changes.

Database: Project in South of Lebanon (Tyr)

Project Name:

PAJE Center (Points d'Accès Aux Inforoutes Pour La Jeunesse)

Project Description:

The aim of the ADR (Association for Rural Development) is to develop human and natural resources in the rural areas of Lebanon. ADR helps social actors acquire the knowledge and capabilities necessary for the enhancement of their lives.

The center provides Internet access and training on new telecommunication technologies.

It also organizes punctual activities with the other PAJE centers around the world (28 in different countries) as well as with Lebanese partners such as schools, universities, libraries, etc.

Database: Project in Lebanon: - Functional Centers: Kfarhatta, Tannourine, Beit Mery, Abadieh, Damour, Moukhtara, Maghdoushe, Jezzine, Ghassanien, Nabatieh, Britel, Beit Aal, Hasbaya, Niha,Ras el metn, Shmistar - Closed Centers: Koussaya, Wadi Jezzine - To be opened: Baalbak, Deir el Ahmar

Project Name:

PCA Internet Point of Presence- PiPOP

Project Description:

PiPop (PCA Internet Point Of Presence) is a program initiated and developed to address the “digital divide” in the Lebanese society.

PCA collaborated with several parties (civil, public, and/or international organizations) to create computer and internet facilities in various parts of the country to be put at the disposal of the local population, enabling access to the latest technology and digital information.

The main objectives of PiPop are to:
- Create several hubs in every region, thus providing affordable access to technology to the maximum number of people of all ages
- Provide communities with small training center, thus offering access to new technology.
- Improve standards of living by constructing an economic-oriented website for every village. Thirteen websites have already been established and have proved to be an ideal means of communication between village locals and their relatives in the Diaspora.
- Help in creating new job opportunities, discovering new potentials and bridging the gap between urban and rural areas.

PiPop is looking towards a promising future; up to 40 centers are to be established, to encourage citizens such as farmers and merchants, and teach them to make practical use of technology in their daily life.

Database: Project in North of Lebanon

Project Name:

Providing IT and Communication Services to Local Communities

Project Description:

The Project aims at:

- Informing the general public about the use of IT, and the opportunity it provides.

- Strengthen the skills and technical expertise needed to empower communities, enabling them to obtain information and boost their levels of knowledge.

- Encouraging communities to use IT to open new horizons for learning and for work.

- Offering community members services in the field of IT at the Safadi Foundation's computer and Internet centers

- Offering basic computer training at the said centers

Database: Project in The Pilot Programme targeting the Displaced will be delivered in three stages: - Aley (caza of Aley) - Hammana (caza of Baabda), - Beiteddine (caza of the Chouf)

Project Name:

Saradar IT programme (SITP) - Mobile Computer School

Project Description:

An e-literacy campaign through a Mobile Computer School with the objective of:

1. Introducing the world of ICT to disadvantaged social groups and economic sectors in urban neighborhoods and rural areas;

2. Linking IT training to employment

Database: Project in Aita Ech Chaab, Ain Ebel, Debel, Dehaira, Rmeich, Khalwat, Arnoun, Kossaybeh, Mutilleah, Dayer , noun, Bait Chabab, Amchit, Beit Habbak, Bchally, Ecole Professionnelle De Jbeil, Ehmeg, Joun, Maad, Hsarat, Kartaba, Kfarsala, Dotre Dame Mayfouk, , Tanourin, Official School Mayfouk, Douris, Hermel, Dair el ahmar, Seghbin, Qaroun, Rashaya, Manara, Ain Saade, Ilate, Tekrit, Bazbina, Ibles Saqi, Beit Miri, Kornet Chehoine, and Ghebiry.

Project Name:

SmartBus

Project Description:

The refurbished school bus fully equipped with state-of-the art computers, software and technology travels throughout the country reaching even the most remote villages.

With seven years of experience in this area, Mercy Corps is keenly aware of the rural communities’ needs and is well skilled in addressing them. By sparking up computer literacy in rural areas, the SmartBus can therefore help introduce computer learning in schools. The SmartBus easily responds to rural communities needs to join the information age.

Database: Project in Within Beirut city

Project Name:

Telecenters in Lebanon

Project Description:

The Hariri Foundation established 5 computer training centers within Beirut city. These are not always furnished with Internet / dial up connectivity, and serve individuals without access to PCs.

Database: Project in Palestinian Refugee Community

Project Name:

The Scholarship Fund for Palestinian Women

Project Description:

The Scholarship Fund for Palestinian Women assists women from the Palestinian refugee communities in Lebanon to pursue undergraduate university degrees in Lebanon, thus developing their professional and management skills in such key sectors as science, engineering, mathematics, and information sciences.

The project focuses on improving the status and skills of women as major contributors and stakeholders in development. Its goal is to allow these women to take a leading role in the refugee community. It is expected that these women will become income earners and play an increased leadership role in the Palestinian community along with their male colleagues.

By developing the leadership role and the capacity of women in the Palestinian refugee camps, the camps themselves will be positively impacted.

Database: Project in North Lebanon

Project Name:

Training Center for Information and Communication Technology

Project Description:

The project’s ultimate objective is to promote the development of educational and leisure services for the youth of the North of Lebanon

The project involved the creation of a training center on Computer and Information Technology based on the idea that Information and Communication Technology represents a promising niche. ICT can serve to prepare the youth of these regions to increase their employment opportunities.

In addition to basic and advanced computer training as well as Internet access, the center teaches various specialties especially those related to technological issues.

The center includes a Cyber café where youth can gather to socialize, discuss various issues, share expertise and knowledge, learn from each other and mostly enhance their computer and technological knowledge.




The center will include a Cyber café where youth can gather and meet to socialize, discuss various issues, share expertise and knowledge, learn from each other and mostly enhance their computer and technological knowledge.

Database: Project in Lebanon

Project Name:

WRCATI - Promoting the rights of women and children through the use of ICT

Project Description:

The project is to help empower women to address and resolve issues related to family law, including child support payments, marriage and divorce, labor, adoption and custody, etc… The project will produce user-friendly, readily understandable legal information in textual and video format in the local language. The information will be delivered on the Internet (where applicable), CD-ROM and through telephone hot lines.

Already existing community centers and/or women support centers in rural and urban areas (47 in Lebanon, 1000 in Egypt) will be used to help access the information and advice. These centers will be equipped with computers and printers. Women will access the information with the help of social worker, who will be trained on the basic use of ICT.

The project will produce CD Rom and Web-site on women rights laws, FAQs, family court automation and capacity building.



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