Testimonials and Case Studies in Global Development
At present, the world is affected by a digital divide; that is, the gap in the level of access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) between developed economies and less developed countries. The disparity between richer and poorer countries is not only in terms of ICT infrastructure, but also a gap of digital literacy skills. Digital literacy has the potential to be a powerful tool in the field of development. By raising the rates of digital literacy in developing nations, individuals, organisations, and societies become more empowered, efficient, and able to avail of the new opportunities provided by the information age. Here are a selection of ECDL Foundation and national operator initiatives in the field of global development:
Flexible ICDL Training Solutions Boost Productivity - Community Development Fund, Sudan
ICDL is being used to bring the ICT skill levels of CDF employees to a uniform standard.
Colombian e-Citizen - Bringing Access to Technology and ICT Skills to all Colombians
The aim of ‘e-ciudadano’ is to train and certify 75,000 Colombians in the basic use of ICT.
ICDL in Rural Schools - Cambodia
(KAPE) - greatly increases the potential penetration of Cambodian schools in rural settings with sustainable ICT facilities.
'ECDL for Teachers' - Republic of Kosovo
All teachers must become equipped with necessary competences to operate successfully within their profession.
Education in Gaza - Supporting Education in Conflict Zones
UNESCO Cairo Office (UCO), ensuring that digital literacy and basic computer skills are made available to everyone in the region.
Introducing ICDL certification into the national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.
The Government of Sri Lanka introduces basic digital literacy skills to state employees as well as its citizens.
ECDL training and certification helping the setting up and successful operations of SMEs.
ICDL for Arab states
UNESCO Cairo office prompted by the drive to promote computer literacy for all citizens in the Arab States and through its function as a standard-setting agency.
ICDL training in Burundi
UNHCR Provides ICDL in Burundi
In April 2007, UNHCR initiated a joint project with ITU and Coopération Française, in Burundi.