Governments and international organizations have been donating billions of dollars in financial assistance to developing countries to improve ICT and telecom infrastructure and expand e-Government capabilities. This support is spread across countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and is expanding year on year. A new report from Information Gatekeepers Inc. (ICI) identifies market opportunities for communications equipment manufacturers, service providers and consultants due to new and expanded financial assistance programs. The ICI certified report, Opportunities in Government and Non-Government Funded Telecom and ICT in Developing Markets, details the grants, loans and technical assistance programs of 60 donor countries and international organizations.
This 250-page report contains information gleaned directly from websites of governments and international organizations in late 2010. The websites for all donors are identified for additional details and contacts. Priorities for assistance are specified, such as development of infrastructure, establishing national ICT strategies and embarking on major development programs. Also described are the regions and countries of the intended recipients, governmental bodies at national and regional levels as well as private sector donor corporations.
Details of donor programs are outlined including how vendors can prepare strategies for assisting recipient countries apply or design strategies for seeking financial support. The size of grants or loans, intended recipients, and conditions for programs to be implemented are presented for each donor government and organization. The donors are organized into four sections: National Government Donors, International Governmental Organizations, Global and Regional Donor Organizations, and Private Foundations and Corporate Donors.
Some examples are the Canadian Fund for Africa e-Policy Resource Center programs; Korea’s development assistance that provides integrated aid programs involving IT and public administration; the World Bank funding for ICT Development specifically to facilitate access to ICT and communications capabilities, and the UN Development Program, which provides funding for ICT expansion and improvement projects in Africa and Asia.
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