Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016, Asia and Pacific

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Asia and Pacific

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In the period 2014-2016, WSIS Stocktaking Reports have reviewed 164 ICT-related projects and activities carried out by international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in the Asia and Pacific region, with those in 2016 highlighting the efforts deployed by stakeholders involved in implementation of the SDGs. WSIS Stocktaking reports are based on the multistakeholder approach, including input from stakeholders from all over the world responding to ITU’s official call for stocktaking updates and new entries. The inputs from WSIS action line facilitators and co-facilitators also contribute to the reports.



Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs

With the aim of making all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) digitally literate, the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), in India, embarked upon the eNGO Program to help grass-roots NGOs, which dedicate themselves to improving our world, through the Internet. In 2011, DEF, in collaboration with the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit organization responsible for global management of the “.org” top-level domain, launched the PIReNGO programme (pirengo.org) as a flagship initiative to create a network of legally validated online NGOs/CSOs (civil society organizations) with IT training and capacities in India, South Asia and Africa. As at November 2015, this initiative has reached out to 6 000 NGOs/CSOs in India and South Asia. For the next phase of development under the eNGO Program, DEF has undertaken, together with PIR, to bring all the not-for-profit organizations across India and South Asia under the new top-level domain “.ngo” – which is specifically intended for genuine, validated NGOs – in the interests of fostering transparency and governance in the social sector.


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