In October, the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT/ESCAP) released three new issues of the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth (Primer Series) on the topics of Project Management and ICT; ICT for Disaster Risk Management; and ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth.
In October, the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT/ESCAP) released three new issues of the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth (Primer Series) –resources designed to strengthen ICT for Development (ICTD) capacity of youth in Asia and the Pacific.
The latest Primer Series issues build on the foundational ICTD framework offered in the inaugural publication titled “Primer 1: An Introduction to ICT for Development”. While the first issue provided background information on ICT for socio-economic development introducing the linkages between ICTs and development, the upcoming three issues delve into specific topics in ICTD.
The second issue of the Primer Series, “Project Management and ICTD”, provides fundamental concepts and tools for managing ICT for development projects. It refers to the framework and case study examples from Primer 1 and includes new cases to highlight the use of project management concepts and tools. Primer Series Issue 3, titled “ICT for Disaster Risk Management”, aims to foster a better understanding of how ICTs can be applied effectively to disaster risk management (DRM) by introducing basic concepts, and the process of DRM. It also presents case studies of ICT applications in all components of DRM. Finally, the fourth issue, “ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth”, focuses on the role that ICTs can play in responding to climate change and in mitigating its impact. This issue also offers a green growth-oriented approach to development and presents various case studies on ICT applications in climate change adaptations and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Launched in February 2012 as part of APCICT’s ‘Turning Today’s Youth into Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Programme, the Primer Series aims to help educators fill the gap in ICTD coverage in universities. Since its launch, the Primer Series has been rolled out in 13 countries and 2 sub-regions in Asia and the Pacific, and it is available in 5 languages.