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APC has been actively working to advance ICT policy advocacy in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region since 2001. APC has focused on:
advocacy for opening up policy spaces to civil society inputs
facilitating the engagement of civil society organisations in ICT policy processes by building civil society capacities to understand ICT policy issues
providing relevant information resources on ICT policy developments.
CILAC sought to integrate research, research communications, network-building and advocacy for affordable universal broadband.
conducted research that will identify obstacles to universal affordable access to ICT infrastructure in the Andean sub-region and,
developed a sub-regional ICT policy advocacy network (AndinaTIC) that is disseminating research and undertaking advocacy on ICTD and access to infrastructure at the sub-regional level, in order to create a sound platform for sub-regional connectivity in the Andean region that will provide a platform for the effective use of ICTs in development processes.
Specifically, CILAC intended:
To support research projects on access to ICT infrastructure and ICTD.
To disseminate and discuss research findings based on the situation on the ground and link them with ongoing initiatives (both own and other existing research).
To explore ways of using research findings to inform policy advocacy initiatives.
To link research finding on practices of governance and freedom with advocacy using civil society participatory processes and gender evaluation methodology.
To undertake policy advocacy initiatives at the sub-regional level in the Andean region and to support policy initiatives at the national level.
Main expected results
A body of research on the implementation of telecom reform in the Andean region from a political perspective on sector performance, access and affordability and policy environments is now available. The research complemented and offer alternative perspectives to existing research. At the same time, a sub-regional ICTD network was developed. It is now active doing research, disseminating key information and advocating on improving access to infrastructure, enhancing the connection between e-strategies and poverty reduction strategies and taking forward the ICTD agenda.
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