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Title: IT for Decision Makers Capacity Building


1
IT for Decision MakersCapacity Building
  • By Taholo Kami
  • for UNESCO

2
Capacity Building Dilemma
  • Human Resource Capacity is only one factor of
    many other limitations including
  • infrastructure
  • regulatory issues
  • cost of access
  • How do we jump start a nation? Where do we begin?
  • New Zealand in 2001 began developing a fast
    tracking strategy to upskill the nation

3
FAST TRACKING versus traditional Education
strategies
  • Building a knowledge based society is a priority
  • Participation in the global economy is driven by
    the ability to use information
  • Traditional education strategies are too slow
  • Fast tracking is identifying critical gaps in
    capacity and focusing resources to close gaps at
    an accelerated pace

4
Human Resources.
  • Human dimension is the most important
  • Affordable and fast Internet access without the
    human capacity to optimize it is poor use of
    resources.
  • E.g. Fijis Southern Cross cable will be
    incentive to speed development of IT initiatives
    but until human resources are able to utilize
    access, it has little impact on development.

5
The Challenge
  • Currently less then 5 of Pacific populations
    have anything to do with the Internet
  • We lack skills at all levels from general
    awareness to specialist technical skills to
    management and leadership.
  • We need to develop cultures that embrace
    innovation and initiative and support
    entrepreneurship

6
Who are we Targeting?
  • Government Employees
  • Private Enterprise
  • Civil Society
  • General Public
  • School Students

7
What kind of Skills?
  • Tangibles
  • Administrative
  • Management
  • Operational
  • Technical
  • Legal and Regulatory
  • Security
  • Intangibles
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership

8
Administrative
  • High level Commitment
  • Agency or multi sectoral mechanism to drive the
    transformation
  • Necessary resources

9
Management
  • Plan, organize, direct and control activities
  • Define new working procedures and ethics
  • Solve problems and make decisions
  • Establish and maintain good interdisciplinary
    relations
  • Ensure customer satisfaction through quality
    control of services and products

10
Operational
  • Capable Manpower
  • Availability of necessary resources
  • Effective operating procedures
  • Good Systems backup services

11
Technical
  • Network hardware and terminal equipment
  • Systems and network software
  • Compatibility with Internet standards
  • Networks and systems integration
  • Upgradable systems and networks

12
Legal and Regulatory
  • Protection of right to privacy
  • Setting and maintenance of Standards of ethics
  • Establishment of framework that effectively deals
    with computer crime

13
Security
  • Protection of systems hardware
  • Protection of information and database
  • Organizational security
  • Controls over data input, processing and output

14
Intangibles (the x factors)
  • Difficult to produce but these are essential
    People factors
  • Long term cultural change
  • Culture of organizations / nation must be
    addressed
  • Involve Schools, Communities and Families.
  • In the short term -
  • spot potential champions at all levels and
    develop and support
  • Provide Incentives that encourage innovation
  • Highlight successes

15
Assessment
  • Identifying Critical Gaps in Capacity
  • Available Skills
  • Training Facilities
  • Available Resources

16
Assessment
  • Existing Training Facilities
  • Education Institutions
  • Private agencies / facilities
  • Consultants / skilled trainers
  • Internal or In-house facilities
  • Distance education via Internet
  • Overseas Scholarships

17
Fast Tracking Strategy
  • Set Benchmark objectives
  • Must be realistic and attainable
  • Formal Education - examples
  • Every grade 6 primary school student will have
    basic level computer skills by 200_
  • All high schools will offer IT courses by 200_
  • All teachers will have IT usage certificate by _
  • Technical and tertiary institutions will offer
    international standard IT courses by 200_
  • 10 scholarships per year for overseas IT training

18
Benchmarking continued
  • Integrate into workplace egs
  • All Government employees level 1-9 must have
    basic IT usage certificate by 200_
  • All new Government employees must have IT usage
    certificate
  • Wage increments for further IT training
  • Incentives for private enterprise and
    institutional employment training schemes by 200?

19
New Tracks.an example
  • Raising awareness and basic IT Skills
  • IT License / Passport Scheme
  • Objective to ensure passport/license holder has
    basic computer and Internet skills
  • Passport / License holder needs to sit 4 to 5 one
    hour courses and a test
  • IT license /passport becomes necessary for all
    employment.
  • Incentives provided to various institutions to
    provide training

20
Fast Tracking
  • Link to existing Institutions
  • Financial Incentives for institutional
    participation
  • National recognition of special qualifications
  • Create new tracks
  • Specialist courses for specific skills
  • Special courses for high level decision makers
  • Incentives that Motivate are those that make
    sense to individuals own goals

21
Funding
  • Scholarships for overseas training
  • Incentives for new courses in local institutions
  • Incentives to organizations to upskill staff
  • Incentives and funding for new private training
    programmes
  • Incentives for individuals to participate in
    special training courses

22
Retention Strategy
  • Cut the Brain Drain / leakage
  • Package Approach
  • Rewards are more then monetary
  • Professional Development
  • Career Progression
  • Peer Recognition
  • Good People build great organizations - great
    organizations are cornerstones of national
    development

23
Conclusion
  • Upskilling a nation and creating knowledge
    society requires
  • Clear and attainable objectives
  • A realistic but often unconventional strategy to
    achieve objectives
  • Commitment of Resources
  • Remember Upskilling is a continuous process

24
The biggest pool of natural resources in the
Pacific are our people.. empowering and enabling
the people is the engine for real growth.
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