APCICT Partners with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to Organize Training on ICT in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) for Caribbean States

APCICT supported the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to convene training on ICT in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on 17-18 September 2013. The workshop marked yet another important step in taking APCICT’s flagship training programme for government officials beyond Asia and the Pacific region, and expanding its impact through inter-regional collaboration.

The workshop was based on Module 9: ICT and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) of the ‘Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders’ (Academy). The 2-day training provided participants with an overview of DRM focusing on matching ICT with identified DRM information needs in the context of the Caribbean. It also examined existing ICT applications, benefits as well as barriers in utilizing ICT in DRM.

As the module’s design allows for easy customization to varying local contexts, the participants are expected to benefit from its flexible curriculum. During the workshop, the participants discussed customization at the country level for introducing the modules in their respective countries, and recommended strategies on programme implementation at sub-regional and national levels.

In line with the South-South cooperation approach, the training was delivered by an ICTD expert from the Government of Tonga, Mr. Siaosi Sovaleni, who was one of APCICT’s regional trainers for ICT in DRM.

As the first ICTD training in Latin America and the Caribbean utilizing APCICT’s Academy curriculum, the workshop helped strengthen the capacities of 15 government officials working in the field of DRM from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat and Suriname. It also broadened the pool of trainers who could deliver training on the strategic use of ICTs for disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean.

The ‘Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders’, one of the flagship initiatives of APCICT, has been rolled-out in 27 countries in Asia and the Pacific region thus far. Outside of the region, it has been implemented in Africa and West Asia.