UN Conference Presentation Poverty Reduction and E-Commerce

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UN Conference Presentation Poverty Reduction and E-Commerce

  1. 1. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com Title Page MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION Prepared by: Asif Kabani, Project Manager – Mapping, Aga Khan Development Network, Pakistan for Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of Pakistan, UNCTAD (Geneva) and UNDP (Pakistan) © 2002 – All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com PRESENTATION OULINE 1. OVERVIEW 2. MODEL ONE – MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 3. MODEL TWO – EMBROIDERY WORK 4. MODEL THREE – FABRICS 5. MODEL FOUR – CARPETS 6. MODEL FIVE – SHARMA OR PALOOS 7. SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS
  3. 3. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com MODEL ONE - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS SITAR RUBAB DADANG DORYA SUNRAY TUTEK GABI, DAMAL With initial funding support from the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP), many rounds of meetings with the intellectuals, artists and instrumentalists conceived theidea of starting a project this cultural forum was formed and a musical instruments making workshop was opened to revive the tradition, transfer skills to the youth and develop marketable products.
  4. 4. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com MODEL TWO –EMBROIDERY WORK Tool that brings about confidence and self-reliance for women. Using their spare time creatively, today around 2300 artisans of Hunza are transforming traditional handicraft items into practical accessories for modern times without compromising the beauty of indigenous motifs and designs. Embroidery provides additional income for thousands of women, which in turn helps to raise the standard of living in rural areas where most income generating activities are seasonal.
  5. 5. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com MODEL THREE - FABRICS Ganish is the first settlement of Hunza founded nearly 1000 years ago. Ganish Fabric weaving Center builds on the traditional historic built heritage, the hardworking and determined nature of its settlers especially women and the growing opportunities offered by the nascent tourism sector in Hunza. Product ranges include; woolen shawls, cotton and woolen fabrics, scarf, tablemates and durries.
  6. 6. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com MODEL FOUR - CARPETS Technical and credit support from the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) during the start-up phase, are instrumental in bridging the supply-side gaps and promoting and developing local carpets. Around 200 women have been trained and involved in production. The project guarantees that the women contracted work under good conditions and are paid fair wages for the work they produce. Although the skill of carpet weaving is not a historic in Hunza valley.
  7. 7. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com MODEL FIVE - SHARMA OR PALOOS The Project has involved Special Persons in various processes of this craft. This work therapy helps them rehabilitate, integrate in the society and earn income in a dignified manner, hence ameliorating the human rights situation for this disadvantaged group.
  8. 8. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com ON-LINE SHOPPINGSTEP 1 - SEARCHING (product)STEP 2 - SHOPPING CART (add, delete, update)STEP 3 - TERMS & CONDITIONSSTEP 4 - ORDER FORM (order & customer particular’s)STEP 5 - PAYMENT - CREDIT CARD (VISA & MASTER CARD)STEP 6 - PROCESS ORDER (sale, inventory, receivable)STEP 7 - SUPPLY (goods, commission, payment)
  9. 9. MICRO INVESTMENT IN PROMOTING INCOME GENERATION ACTIVITIES IN POOR COMMUNITIES POOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE FOR POVERTY REDUCTION www.threadnethunza.com SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONSE- commerce is a new means of trade, which is rapidly evolving, and providing impetus trade development. The growth ofe-commerce has great potential to expand markets, productivity and competitiveness and therefore the Government, UN agencies andNGOs have a big challenge on how it will increase revenue arising from e-transactions. On the other hand competitive edge isagriculture and manufacturing sectors and priority concern is to enhance access to the Internet. The major challenges to make microinvestment and promote ICT in these areas: -• Human resource development• Compliance and enforcement especially in the informal sector• Communications Infrastructure• Technical and institution capacity to monitor e-transactionTo take advantage of the growing opportunities offered by the information and communications revolution, KADO has embarked upona vision to effectively and creatively use ICT for local development in this physically and economically isolated and marginalizedmountainous region. Despite its marginality, the Karakoram region offers rich content in the form of biologically and culturally diversehabitat and people. The two -pronged aims are:1. To explore the full potentials of eco-and cultural tourism and contribute to the body of global learni ng by making the indigenousknowledge and experience accessible to all; and2. To lessen the digital-divide by providing access to and training on ICT tools to enable the rural communities in this mountains toimprove their livelihoods through micro investment in following areas:a) Thread Net E-commerce solutionsb) Karakoram Cyber Sitec) Village Computer Literacy ProgramIn conclusion there is need to continue with the debate and further analytical work including impact studies to get a clear picture ofimplications of E-Commerce on development for developing countries. KADO is just on success story of Pakistan .

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