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The IFIP World IT Forum (WITFOR) contributes to taking the World Summit on the Information Society's (WSIS) Plan of Action a step forward and to helping developing countries to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). WITFOR investigates successful, sustainable ICT strategies in developing countries and examines different initiatives and projects on effective, context sensitive development and use of ICT applications. This work is conducted in eight thematic commissions and the result of this preparatory work is presented as policies, initiatives and best practices every second year in the WITFOR conference, organized by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) in co-operation with its member societies and local governments in developing countries.

In particular WITFOR intends to:

·  help put ICT-enabled development initiatives on the agenda of different organizations, governmental bodies, and groups currently involved in information and communications technologies.

·  work with different groups to ensure that the issue of ICT diffusion and sustainable effective use is on the agenda of senior policy makers and political leaders.

·  assist international organizations and donor agencies to build issues of the spread of ICTs and access to information into their loan and funding programs with adequate financial and institutional allocations.

·  develop guidelines on these issues and advise governments, to formulate and follow the best strategy for the use of ICT in order to achieve global ICT-equity.

      WITFOR 2007 is organized by IFIP and hosted by the Federal Government of Ethiopia (the Ethiopian ICT Development Agency EICTDA) in cooperation with the Ethiopian Information Technology Professional Association (EITPA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The theme for WITFOR 2007 is:


International Federation For Information Processing
In collaboration with
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Ethiopian Information and Communication Technology Development Agency
Ethiopian Information Technology Professional Association

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