HDNSP Disability & Development Team, e-Development TG/Global ICT, infoDev, and G3ict
invite you to a Practitioner Workshop on
Accessible ICT: International Trends
and Implications for World Bank Operations
Dec. 4, 2008, 9:00-11:30 a.m. ET
MC-C2-137, 1818 H Street NW, Washington D.C.
and at GDLN Center in Sri Lanka and WB COUNTRY OFFICES in Tunisia and South Africa
and via LIVE WEBCAST
The webcast will be available at: http://www.worldbank.org/edevelopment/live
Aileen Morse, Chief Enterprise Architect, ISGAC, World Bank
Deepak Bhatia, e-Government Applications Practice Leader, GICT, World Bank tbc
Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict
Tim Kelly, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, InfoDev
Charlotte McClain Nhlapo, Africa Regional Coordinator, HDNSP, World Bank,
Carlo Maria Rossotto, MNA Regional Coordinator, GICT, The World Bank
Chitranganie Mubarak, Programme Head, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka
There is increasing attention from developing countries for Accessible ICT, driven by both domestic and international regulations as well as local demand. The Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities, signed by 136 Countries, explicitly foresees in several articles principles of “accessibility” as well as of “international cooperation”.
We expect that client countries will request WB technical assistance in the implementation of this Convention which sets the benchmark for signatory countries and that is also binding for those Countries that ratify the Convention.
Since other development actors are already engaged in mainstreaming accessibility with policies and best practice, there is a need for raising awareness also within the WB Group to avoid reputational risks and to move from normal to good practices.
This workshop is indented to present current international trends and available standards relevant to the WB, as well as a brief on relevant Convention’s principles and some good practices in the WB operations.
All workshop materials will be available at: http://go.worldbank.org/disability and http://www.worldbank.org/edevelopment
Participants from outside the Bank will need a building pass for this seminar to attend in person in Washington DC so please RSVP to Mswan@worldbank.org. Requests for disability accommodations (i.e. sign language interpretation) should be submitted by November 25 to Mswan@worldbank.org.