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The Association for Progressive Communications - Internet and ICTs for Social Justice and Development

ICT Policy for Civil Society: Training Curriculum

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The ICT Policy for Civil Society: Training curriculum is for trainers who want to build the capacity of civil society organisations to understand policy and regulation related to information and communication technologies (ICT).

Using it, you'll be able to help others understand, engage and influence policy processes affecting ICT adoption and implementation at national, regional and global levels.

What you'll find here

All the training materials have been produced by ICT policy and/or training specialists familiar with ICTs. They are part of the modular multimedia toolkit (MMTK) developed by APC and partners. The modular structure of the MMTK means that trainers can combine materials in ways which suit their own needs. Individuals can also use many of the materials for self-teaching.

A unit is the content taught in a single session. A module is a comprehensive set of units on a topic. The ICT Policy for Civil Society: Training curriculum mainly contains individual units on ICT policy, though there is one module - on "advocacy".

Units include suggestions for trainers on running the session, a handout for workshop participants, exercises, a list of additional resources, a glossary of terms, a copyright statement and workshop and materials evaluation forms. Many units contain additional resources such as MS PowerPoint presentations, detailed manuals for trainers, and case studies of how the tools in question are being used in different contexts.

Free to use

All MMTK materials are released under a Creative Commons licence which allows their free use and distribution for non-commercial use. However, the exact provisions of the licence vary from module to module and usually if you adapt or translate the materials you are required by the licence to share them back to the community.

Adapting the materials to your local situation

You may find that some materials produced for a particular audience don't work with your public and you need to adapt them. When our Ecuadoran policy trainer translated some materials to use with South American activists she also adapted the material to include cases from Latin America. If you adapt the materials for use in your locality, please send the modified files to apc-policy [at] and we'll put them on this site. Then you'll be sharing your efforts with other people that may find your changes just what they needed too!


You'll find materials on this site in English (the acronym is EN), French (FR) and Spanish (ES). Look at the left hand menu-bar to see which units have other language versions available. Visit the language version by clicking on the language acronym.

Please remember that not all materials in a unit may be translated, so it's a good idea to take a look at other language versions of the same unit. If you make a translation yourself, please share it!

Get in touch with us

If you have any questions or want to make suggestions to APC regarding current course materials -or materials you'd like to propose for the future-, please contact us using the form available on this site or post a comment. We are always very interested to know how and where you've used the materials and what you thought of them. Please let us know!

Glossary of ICT terms

A glossary of ICT terms which can be used in any training and capacity building activity. Download the glossary



The ICT Policy for Civil Society: Training curriculum was made possible with the support of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation and the CATIA project of the Department for International Development.