The Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) Pakistan
is a part of the Education, Communication and Knowledge Management
Group of IUCN - The World Conservation Union's Pakistan Programme.
Formerly a global programme of UNDP, SDNP has been working since
1992 to promote access to information on sustainable human development
among different sectors of society. It has been the pioneer
of email and offline Internet in Pakistan, but lately its focus
has been on developing knowledge management systems to strengthen
services in Pakistan.
Apart from launching the Pakistan Development Gateway (PDG),
SDNP has trained more than 260 organizations from the development
sector to set up, maintain and update their websites, contributing
significantly to the local content about Pakistan on the Web.
This training in Web
publishing has also been conducted in Urdu and Sindhi. More
than 160 information rich Pakistani websites - related to both
Government and NGO sectors - have been set up as a result of
this activity. Other initiatives undertaken by SDNP include
the creation of district websites and cyber community centres,
promotion of open software like Linux, special training for
women in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs),
work on District Management Information System (DMIS), and research
regarding the effectiveness of ICTs on learning of the deaf.