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G3ict Keynote Remarks at "Accessible ICT: International Trends and Implications for World Bank Operations" Workshop

  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • December 4, 2008
  • The World Bank

Read the post-workshop article: "Accessible ICTs: Beyond the Convention," infoDEV, The World Bank (12/04/08)

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
at
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

Chair

Aileen Morse, Chief Enterprise Architect, ISGAC, World Bank

Introduction
Deepak Bhatia, e-Government Applications Practice Leader, GICT, World Bank tbc

 

Keynote Speaker:

Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict

Panel Discussion:

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

       

Program Description

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.