Based on the outputs presented and the recommendations generated from the plenary discussions, the working groups drafted one of the main outputs of this consultation, i.e. a framework for action.
|Thrust||Focus||Goal||Organizations aligned with area||Possible time frame||Comments|
|Capacity Building for ICT use||Web site development & use for NARES||Increase NARES public profile & information flows (both internal and external)||
through APAARI initiative.
|Information collection, analysis and use skills||Capacity building with regional & national org. staff||APAARI, FAO, Thai AGRIS, PhilAgriNet, etc.||Ongoing||
Training workshops of various organizations.
|ICT skills within NARES||Facilitate & encourage use of ICT to improve work||Ministries, PhilAgriNet||2006–7||
linked to national level workshops (e.g. USP, SPC) and also to regional level
initiatives of FAO, APAARI, etc.
|Community level ICT skills development||Facilitate & encourage use of ICT to improve work||PFNet, Ministries, NGOs, communities like Ban Samkha||2007–8||Can be linked to ongoing work including that of NGOs, UNESCO, APAARI, SPC, USP, etc.|
|Content||Document innovations & success stories on application of ICT in rural development||Facilitate exchange of information & encourage dynamic use of ICT||APAARI, FAO, UNESCO, other UN agencies, SPC, other regional orgs., HAII||2006–9||
this subject ongoing.
specific contents for different functions & target different audiences
with different media:
|Ensure relevant information is available to meet identified needs||APAARI, FAO, Ministries, NARES, USP and other academic institutions||2006–9||
Media should include traditional as well as new technologies, with linkages
|Information management standards||Critical need to raise awareness of standards and bring more participation to identifying and agreeing upon common standards.||ICRISAT, FAO, Kasetsart Univ., others||Ongoing||
workshop schedule for mid-2006.
|Networking||Face-to-face events as appropriate||Enable training, update and upgrade professional networks||All organizations||2006–9||To reduce costs, these should be tied into existing activities as much as possible.|
|Strengthen existing COPs||Facilitate virtual networking and exchange of information and ideas||APAARI, FAO, SPC, USP||Ongoing||New IMARK module
on e-communities could serve in capacity building role.
exist, but they need support/action.
|* COP = community of practice|