This week, Secretary Clinton announced the Civil Society 2.0 Initiative, an effort to help grassroots organizations in developing countries use digital technology to enhance their work and communications. It’s part of an effort to build the kind of capacity Western governments and NGO’s have enjoyed in the past.
According to the State Department, it will include these 5 components:
1. Deploying a team of experienced technologists to work with civil society organizations around the globe to provide training and support to build their digital capacity.
2. Partnering these technologists with local civil society organizations and governments to develop and implement technology-based solutions to local problems.
3. Publishing interactive “how to” programs and curriculum online to help organizations that do not have access to in-person assistance.
4. Creating a curated open platform that allows any citizen or company to develop, share or suggest content for the curriculum.
5. Allocating $5 million in grant funds for pilot programs in the Middle East and North Africa that will bolster the new media and networking capabilities of civil society organizations and promote online learning in the region.
You can read more about the initiative here.