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The Canadian e-Policy Resource Centre (CePRC) serves as a focal point for consolidating Canadian expertise and resources to support the efforts of African countries to develop national e-strategies and e-policies.
The CePRC provides African policy makers with off-the-shelf resources on Canada's policies and strategies including strategy papers, reports and surveys on the following themes: Telecommunications policy and regulation; E-commerce and Internet governance policy; Connectivity program policies i.e. applications in health and education; E-government policies; Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) policy issues, Information Society metrics and analysis, Spectrum management policy; and ICT security policies.
The CePRC will respond to specific requests with tailor-made solutions and will engage Canadian policy experts or local African policy experts on a consultancy basis for approved projects.
Information on available off-the-shelf resources and services is provided through this web site. Information on specific services can also be requested by contacting the CePRC directly.
The CePRC aims to support the efforts of African countries to develop national e-strategies and e-policies. As part of Canada's commitment to the G-8 Africa Action Plan, the CePRC furthers the policy agenda of the Digital Opportunity Task Force by mobilizing global efforts to bridge the digital divide.
Any Canadian organization or individual with expertise in e-policy or e-strategies should contact the CePRC Secretariat if they wish to contribute products or services to the CePRC.
Industry Canada is leading this initiative, in cooperation with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS), who is hosting the CePRC Secretariat. Currently, various government departments are contributing resources and expertise to the CePRC. Representatives from each of the following government organizations are members of the Board of Governors and provide strategic direction to the initiative: Industry Canada, Canadian International Development Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Treasury Board Secretariat, Public Works and Government Services, Canadian Heritage, Statistics Canada and Natural Resources Canada.
Funding will be provided for selected projects which support the development of national e-strategies and e-policies in Africa. Projects need to focus on specific policy issues and aim at helping policy makers in African countries build their expertise. Projects could include organizing seminars, workshops, or engaging Canadian government or non-government personnel or local African experts on a consultancy basis. Priority will be given to smaller scale projects in the range of $25,000 - $50,000 that clearly demonstrate relevance to capacity building in ICT policy development.
Individuals, government and non-government organizations from African countries are eligible to submit projects.
Project proposals should be submitted to the Economic Commission for Africa - (ECA). The ECA will liaise with the CePRC as well as with the ePol-NET Secretariat in analysing proposals.
Projects will be considered on an on-going basis.
The Economic Commission for Africa and CePRC Board of Governors will assess each project against specific criteria including feasibility, amount of funding requested, other resources leveraged, scalability and potential impact.
The Canadian e-Policy Resource Centre (CePRC) was created as Canada's specific contribution to ePol-NET, funded through a $10 million contribution, over three years, from the Canada Fund for Africa. A portion of this contribution was provided to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to establish an African regional centre for ePol-NET. The ECA's ePol-NET regional centre will coordinate African demand for expertise in ICT for development, as well as reach out to national and sub-regional networks for the supply of knowledge within Africa. ePol-NET consists of national virtual centres of expertise as well as regional virtual centres around the world. These centres are focal points for the dissemination of off-the-shelf information to policy and regulatory experts in developing countries. The ePol-NET secretariat, located in Ireland will distribute proposals to interested partners and, coordinate the response to requests requiring a high degree of involvement and/or multi-disciplinary effort.