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Bulgaria Development Gateway

The Bulgaria Development Gateway (BgDG) is a country-level component of a global Development Gateway Initiative launched by the World Bank in 2001 with the goal of increasing the access to knowledge and using the power of Information and Communication Technologies to support poverty reduction and sustainable development.

The mission of Bulgaria's Development Gateway is to facilitate the country's transition into an information, or knowledge-based society by consolidating the national dialogue on ICT for development and promoting a common vision among the relevant stakeholders in government, business, civil society, academic and research communities, and international donor organizations.

The main components in the portfolio of BgDG activities include:

  • development of an knowledge sharing portal to serve as a one-stop-shop repository for development stakeholders in the country (www.BGrazvitie.net);
  • policy design and advocacy aimed at shaping ICT policies in the country by conducting e-readiness and knowledge assessments, technology foresight studies, and the like;
  • raising public awareness on the importance and benefits of ICT for development;
  • testing and implementing small-scale pilot projects which can demonstrate the practical impact of ICT on increasing transparency and accountability of government, development of SMEs and e-commerce, coordination of international donor assistance, knowledge-sharing among civil society organizations, and development of e-learning applications.
  • BgDG is also strongly focused on enhancing regional cooperation and transfer of good practices among the countries in Southeast Europe.

    ARC Fund is one of the founding organizations and coordinator of this initiative, which started already in March 2001 with support from the World Bank and later from the Development Gateway Foundation (www.dgfoundation.org). Since then a wide coalition of development stakeholders has been forged in support of BgDG's mission - Bulgarian Internet Alliance for Economic Development. The goal of this Alliance is foster wider use of Internet and related technologies to the benefit of economic and social development in the country. It brings together Members of Parliament, cabinet ministers, public sector officials, representatives of large IT companies, private business associations and major Bulgarian NGOs.


    Visit the Bulgaria DG portal at www.BGrazvitie.net or www.bgrazvitie.net


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