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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capacity Development Project

Location/Client: Solomon Islands/GRM/AusAID
Budget/Time frame:
AUD 5M, 2006-2009

Objectives:

  • Developing policies and guidelines to manage existing government ICT assets
  • Strengthening local capacities for the effective use of ICT in the public sector

Activities: ICT audit, centralised procurement, standard operating system, establishment of local ICT support unit

The ICTCDP, which runs from 2006 to 2008, is an AUD 4.9 million project funded by the Australian overseas development agency (AusAID). It aims to address some of the most pressing ICT-related issues facing the Solomon Islands Government, which are: inconsistent levels of ICT capabilities; ad hoc approaches to procurement and deployment of equipment and software; poor supporting infrastructure; and inadequate security measures.

This initiative focuses on the development of policies and guidelines to manage existing government ICT assets, as well as strengthening local capacities for the effective use of ICT in the public sector. Thus, the ICTCDP targets improved planning, procurement, implementation, and management of ICT systems across all government departments, complementing these activities with ongoing dialogue with stakeholders.

Over its three-year cycle, the ICTCDP contemplates a multi-staged approach to improving the management of the Government's ICT systems. In 2006, the project carried out the following activities:

  • Provided direct ICT support to all Ministries and capacity-building ICT staff across government
  • Concurrently established and strengthened an ICT Support Unit through on-the-job training and mentoring
  • Carried out a situational analysis of major ICT systems to gather baseline data
  • Performed an ICT audit of all hardware and software systems
  • Decided on a government-wide operating system
  • Developed a centralised procurement policy and capacity-building relevant administrative and financial staff.
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