Washington, November 29 (ots/PRNewswire)
- US$100,000 Award to Recognize Information Technology's Role in
The Development Gateway Foundation is seeking nominations for the
second Development Gateway Award. The US$100,000 award will recognize
outstanding achievement in using information and communication
technologies (ICT) to improve people's lives in developing countries.
ICT has become an increasingly important tool for development. The
field is young, however, and the promise of using ICT has yet to be
realized in much of the developing world. In launching the 2005
competition, the Development Gateway aims to help advance the use of
ICT for development by recognizing leaders and innovative initiatives
in the field.
The 2004 award, then called the Petersberg Prize, was given to
Grameen Bank-Village Phone, through which women entrepreneurs can
start a business providing wireless payphone service in rural areas
of Bangladesh. Grameen was chosen from over 200 nominations for its
significant impact in creating a new class of women entrepreneurs who
have raised themselves from poverty while serving their communities.
An independent foundation launched by the World Bank, the
Development Gateway operates a global web portal of development
information, and it supports similar information service enterprises
around the world to advance development locally. Nominees' stories
will be shared on these portals, to advance understanding of their
work and of ICT's role in development.
An international panel of independent jurors will review and
select the finalists and winner, who will be announced by June. For
information, rules, and to access the online nomination forms, please
go to http://www.developmentgateway.org/award
. The deadline for
submission is February 28, 2005.
Web site: http://www.developmentgateway.org
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