June 2007

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On Line Citizenship: Emerging Technologies for European Cities

Edited by:
Eleonora Di Maria, Stefano Micelli
Published by: Springer
ISBN: 0387234748
Pages: 218

Cities are traditionally identified  as places for generation of collective memory, where knowledge and experience expand, develop and are shared. In  the scenario of a developing knowledge economy, relative connections between distributed innovation processes in specific contexts lead to the identification of a new model for value creation.

The book thus discusses the evolutionary trends of cities in terms of e-Government in the technological scenario. It focuses on the connectivity factor between  city administrations and citizens due to ICTs and the emerging technologies. It also gives an  analytical overview of the projects and activities undertaken by TeleCities in order to contribute actively to the development of an inclusive information society in Europe with a particular focus on the role of cities administration as the fundamental engines of economic growth and social inclusion. It enumerates original contributions and documents presented at the International Conference 'On Line Citizenship – Emerging Technologies' for European Cities promoted by Telecities-Eurocities and the City of Venice in co-operation with Venice International University and sponsored by SUN Microsystems, held in Venice, May 30-31, 2003. The book is also an exhaustive and useful copy for central and local administrative authorities, policy-makers, public administrations and municipalities, researchers etc. focusing on technology as well as on urban studies.

Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets

Authored by :
Debra Sequeira and Michael Warner
Published by : International Finance Corporation
Pages: 201

The handbook titled 'Stakeholder Engagement: A Good Practice Handbook for Companies Doing Business in Emerging Markets', by the International Finance Corporation, the corporate branch of the World Bank, shows how good practices are essential for companies who are engaged in implementing projects in order to build and sustain constructive relationships over time as a means of risk mitigation, new business identification, and enhancing development outcomes. The handbook draws lessons from various parts of the world in order to showcase the importance of engaging with the key stakeholders of the community who are likely to be affected, either positively or negatively, by any project. It offers new and detailed guidance and insights in a number of areas, including gender, indigenous peoples, grievance mechanisms, sustainability reporting, management functions, and the integration of stakeholder engagement activities with core business processes. The handbook is divided into two parts. Part one contains the key concepts and principles of stakeholder engagement. Part two shows how these principles, practices, and tools fit with the different phases of the project cycle. Each of the phases of any project presents different environmental and social risks and opportunities. Hence, engaging with the stakeholders of the project is essential on the part of the management. The publication will be made available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Russian as of July 2007 to facilitate use by regional offices and clients.

Information Economy Report 2006: The Development Perspective

Published by :
UN
Prepared by : UNCTAD Secretariat
Document No : UNCTAD/SDTE/ECB/2006/1
ISBN: 92-1-112700-9
Pages : 346

Information Economy Report 2006: The Development Perspective, discusses the ICT and e-Business plans and strategies found suitable for developing nations. It studies the ICT policy options required for developing nations and proposes a framework for national pro-poor e-Strategies. It is designed to help policy makers in developing countries make informed choices in the field of ICT and e-Business strategies that would recommend ICTs for the development community and to promote sustainable development for  all.

The report says that the ICT diffusion in developing countries still should have government intervention in areas where private providers might be discouraged to go. This sets to evaluate the public-private partnership models currently in vogue. Broadband  was also encouraged to develop an information economy and the complementing policies should support the enterprising capacity of the nation. The report has been segregated into eight major headings containing an introduction for each.  

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