More than 500 Projects Seek Support from UNESCO's Information for All Programme
The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme will meet from 4 to 6 April at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to examine 502 proposals and select those that could be funded under the Information for All Programme, UNESCO's international information society initiative.
The Bureau the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) has received proposals from organizations all over the world further to a call for proposals that was launched end of last year.
In determining the project support, the IFAP bureau is guided by priorities, according to which projects should contribute to a) promoting information literacy, through capacity building particularly for information professionals; b) strengthening awareness about the importance of preservation of information of all kinds; and c) promoting a better understanding of the ethical, legal and societal implications of ICTs.
The Information for All Programme (IFAP) provides a framework for international co-operation and international and regional partnerships. It supports the development of common strategies, methods and tools for building inclusive, open and pluralistic knowledge societies and for narrowing the gap between the information rich and the information poor. IFAP contribute to the fulfillment of UNESCO's mandate to contribute to "education for all", to the "free exchange of ideas and knowledge" and to "increase the means of communication between peoples".
The Special Fund of the Information for All Programme (IFAP Special Fund) is supported by voluntary contributions from UNESCO Member States or any other donors. The total level of funding available for 2005 is US$750,000.