The seminar took place on April 28, 2005 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC and was organized by the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM) of the World Bank as part of the PREM Learning Week.
This session showcased unique and emerging cases of how information and communication technologies (ICT) have helped increase women’s economic opportunities. It discussed the importance of public-private sector partnerships through which women have received ICT skills training for business start-up. The panel focused on cases in the Africa region and other countries where rural women have the least access to ICT infrastructure.
The panel included presentations by Sugata Mitra, Chief Scientist at the Center for Research in Cognitive Systems in the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), India; David Keogh, Deputy Director of the Grameen Technology Center of the Grameen Foundation, USA; Savitri Bisnath, Head of the Youth and Gender Unit in the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva; and Asenath Mpatwa, Coordinator of Africa Unit at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva.
The seminar was chaired by Kayoko Shibata, Knowledge Management Analyst for PREM, and moderated by Samia Melhem, Operations Officer in the Global ICT Department of the International Finance Corporation.