Karachi—Microsoft Pakistan and the Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) have reached an understanding to explore the potential and challenges of using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development with prominent Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country.
An announcement here on Wednesday said that under the agreement, the AKF(P), through financial assistance from Microsoft Pakistan, will organize a dialogue in Islamabad next month with prominent CSOs/NGOs who have been using ICTs to address challenges of income and other poverty, health, education, environment, cultural heritage and participation in the country. It said that Kamal Ahmed, General Manager, Microsoft Pakistan, commented that the initiative will help highlight and develop ICTs awareness amongst individuals and institutions from all across the country.
The CSOs/NGOs will become a more formidable player in the spread of knowledge and education which are the crucial tools of progress in today’s age. The one-day event will highlight areas where ICTs can benefit resource-constrained local CSOs/NGOs and identify opportunities to use these technologies as community-facing solutions that yield tangible outcomes for their beneficiaries.
Dr Karim Ali bhai, Chief Executive Officer, AKF (P) said that “the event will facilitate CSOs/NGOs to forge strong linkages and promote usage of technology for finding creative solutions to local challenges.” —APP