Willie Currie outlines the current financing trends and challenges in the ICTD sector at the panel “Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Financing for women's equitable access to Information and Communication Technologies”, organised by APC WNSP, UN DAW and IWTC during the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York in February 2008.
Willie highlights key findings from an assessment on the financing ICT for development landscape, undertaken during the World Summit on the Information Society, Phase II, in 2004-5 by the Task Force on Financial Mechanisms, and identifies gap areas which may gain increasing significance in the coming years. He also calls for engagement of gender equality advocates with financing mechanisms at the local level and with domestic models of financing to address ICT regarding content, applications, capacity building, consumer rights and building demand for ICT at local levels. In the international context, the author recommends linking this mobilisation of domestic financial resources to the Monterrey Consensus and the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID).

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