PH International

Internet Community Development for the Caucasus

Country: Armenia
Category: Information Technology Programs


A one-year pilot program, Internet Community Development in the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), supported by the US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, promoted the use of the Internet in the southen Caucasus as a democracy-building and community organizing tool for professionals. The program included communities focused on development of business support, refugee issues, and assistance to internally displaced persons. Training and outreach activities of the program built the local capacity of professionals in these fields to use and create multi-language online resources such as online newsletters, discussions lists, interactive websites, web chats, and teleconferences. Experience from the pilot program was integrated into the core of the School Connectivity Programs in Armenia and Azerbaijan, which followed this ICD.