The Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is convening 2nd 2 Day International Workshop on ‘ICTs for Development: Mainstreaming the Marginalized’ is being planned to be conducted on October 5 – 6, 2017 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Professor Tim Unwin will be the Principal Resource Person alongside prominent experts on ICTs for Development hailing from Academia, Development, Industry and Government sectors in Pakistan. The said Workshop is aimed at developing a further understanding of the ICTs for Development landscape for Pakistan pertaining towards rural needs, accessibility, governance and multi stake holder partnerships. The target participants for this Workshop comprise of academics, policy makers, technology sector representatives, non-government organizations and development sector representatives. The Workshop program shall consist of presentations, panel sessions and open discussions around the defined themes which are as follows:
· Lack of collaboration between the academic sector and the corporate sector;
· Lack of awareness of the government efforts on the use of ICTs for development;
· Absence of a clear and concise government policy for the provision of ICTs for the marginalised and the disabled;
· Lack of technical expertise of the marginalised community to use ICTs;
· Lack of infrastructure for provision of ICTs in the rural areas.
Based on the above identified problem areas it is imperative to devise a strategy on how Pakistan can effectively contribute towards the use of ICTs for development.