Internet na Wsi


Program e-VITA prowadzony był w latach 2004 – 2011. Miał na celu wsparcie wykorzystania technologii informacyjnych w rozwoju wsi i małych miast. Partnerami w programie byli Polsko-Amerykańska Fundacja Wolności, Fundacja Wspomagania Wsi i Cisco Systems Poland (2004-2006). Realizatorką była Fundacja Wspomagania Wsi.

Program e-VITA

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e-VITA III (2009-2011)

English summary

The “Active village. e-VITA - Information Society Building in Rural Areas” program has been implemented since 2004 till 2011. There were three editions of program. The main goal of the program was to support information society building in rural areas. The main task of the third edition was to deliver knowledge and experience gained in the previous editions to a wide group of recipients – mainly local authorities and local non-governmental organizations and creating opinion-making centre.

Funding for the program was provided by:
 - PAFF - PLN 1 345 000
 - RDF – PLN 2 154 333,5

The “Active Village, e-VITA III Information Society Building in Rural Areas” program was performed within the period from December 2008 to August 2011 by the Rural Development Foundation in partnership with the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The program consisted of three elements:
1.    supporting chosen communes in the development of tele-information networks;
2.    distributing knowledge relating to the development of IT technologies among a wide group of representatives of local authorities;
3.    initiating a public debate on the issue.

The aim of support granted to groups of local authorities (chosen through an open selection procedure) was to have them obtain financial co-funding for the construction of wide-band IT networks under EU funds. The support comprised consulting services in network planning, financial assistance in preparing application documents and organizing workshops dedicated to management of tele-information projects.

The participants of the program consisted of 5 inter-commune partnerships from the following voivodeships: Dolnośląskie, Podlaskie and Kujawsko-Pomorskie. The support provided within the framework of the program included 28 communes (560 localities). Partnerships benefited from regular assistance of the Foundation’s experts in planning the development of tele-information networks and preparing applications for financial support for investment purposes. Experts of the Rural Development Foundation assisted local authorities in dialogue with grant institutions (Marshal Offices) and the contractors. Due to ambiguous and changing communications delivered by Marshal Offices as regards the rules of granting financial support for network construction and also due to the complicated character of the investment, project planning was much more demanding and time-consuming than expected.

The technical support of project leaders comprised organizing workshops. Three OSAnet meetings were organized, attended by village and city mayors (wójtowie, burmistrzowie), IT specialists, and representatives of operators, experts of the Office for Electronic Communication and the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Administration. Discussed were among others the possibilities of developing popular access to Internet in areas unattractive for business as well as issues regarding activities of local authorities oriented on improving the demand among inhabitants for services provided via Internet. While representatives of partnerships had the opportunity to debate with experts and all participants could share knowledge – project leaders obtained information valuable in effective performance of network development projects. 

Support for partnerships within the framework of the program also included financial support for preparing documents. Grants of PLN 25 000 were received by Rudna, Zawady, Association of Copper Region Communes [Związek Gmin Zagłębia Miedziowego], Dzierżoniów and Cekcyn communes.
By the end of August 2011 four applications for financial support for wide-band network development were prepared, thereafter submitted to Regional Operating Programs and one application and an application for financial support granted for a project under measure 8.3 of OP IE (combating digital seclusion). Total amount applied for under the projects is equal to PLN 85 million.

Another element of the e-VITA program was to deliver knowledge about the use of IT technologies in rural development to a wide group of recipients. The objective was accomplished by means of organizing conferences, publishing activities and operation of Internet services. Within the framework of the program 6 countrywide conferences were held, attended by almost 2800 persons. Experience and knowledge attained during the e-VITA program were presented during 16 regional conferences to more than 850 individuals. Of particular importance were three Polish Meetings of Organizations Operating in Rural Areas in Maróz. The meeting in 2009 was dedicated to the possibility of using Internet in preserving cultural heritage. Maróz 2010 concentrated on educating children aged 0-10 years and practical possibilities of using Internet in early education activities. The meeting in 2011 focused on education of young people and related challenges – the participants discussed how non-governmental organizations and local milieus working with young people could help them become prepared for adulthood in a rapidly changing world.

 The e-VITA III Program also included publishing activities – 6 publications and 11 methodical materials were published. During the entire period of the program the publications had been distributed. Over 10 600 publications were released.
The resources of Internet services were expanded on a regular basis. The Rural Website was developed with guidelines, articles, information for the “Worth Reading” column and answers given to Internet users’ questions for “Writing a Letter” column, also new films were produced and released. New topics of the month were developed and published. Every month information bulletins were sent to more than 14 200 persons and institutions. During the third edition of the program the Rural Website was visited by 1 130 000 users.

Concurrently the “Internet in the Countryside” specialist service was expanded, addressed to local authorities, non-governmental organizations and local tele-information operators. The service contains among other information valuable for the construction of tele-information infrastructure in rural areas. The service also provided consultations with experts, reports were published and promoted:
1) „Internet in the Countryside 2009”, delivering a review of results of studies regarding the use of Internet in rural areas in Poland;
2) Report about the use of European funds intended for projects oriented on building an information society.
Works were performed over the new layout and presentation of resources of e-VITA program, thus now the website provides a clear presentation of e-VITA method and program resources. From October 2010 to the end of August 2011 the website was visited by more than 27 500 users.

Within the framework of the e-VITA III program a subsidy was granted to KARTA Centre Foundation intended for the organization of the “Close History” contest. The subsidy in the amount of PLN 65 000 was granted from the funds of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, dedicated additionally for that purpose. Materials produced within the framework of the contest were presented on the Rural Website.

An essential element was to initiate a public debate regarding barriers in the use of EU funds intended for the development of ICT in rural areas. Six round-table debates were organized during which individuals, representatives of local authorities, experts, operators and representatives of the government discussed how to improve the process of absorption of EU funds and how such changes should be implemented to ensure that the process is streamlined. Many arguments raised during the debates were implemented.

The results of the debates were cited by media, among others: Rzeczpospolita, Computerworld, Serwis Samorządowy PAP, NGO.PL, Polsat News, Polsat Biznes, Program Pierwszy Polskiego Radia. Recommendations and conclusions of the debates were submitted to representatives of the government, ministries, village and city mayors.

Moreover, consultations were attended regarding documents prepared by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration: ordinances of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration regarding changes in the organization of tender under measure 8.4 of OP IE (program for small units to support the “last mile” construction in areas unattractive for business) and the position of the Government of the Republic of Poland as regards the European Digital Agenda.

While the first and second edition of the program resulted in a certain model of computerization of the commune, e-VITA intended to demonstrate that the model could be implemented in areas of commune associations. Experience attained in the first editions of the program provided grounds for an opinion-making centre. The e-VITA program become a recognizable brand among local authorities, telecommunication operators and also in media and governmental institutions. Projects realized in the first and second edition were promoted during meetings and conferences and served as an example for other local authorities that building an information society was possible. The fact that cooperation between local authorities and the telecommunications operator is necessary has been stressed continually. Local authorities have attained knowledge (for example in publications) about possible ways of proceeding with a telecommunication operator and thus can better adjust the plans of network building to their needs. The released materials as well as conferences and meetings have emphasized that local authorities can build demand for network services, for example through training organized for inhabitants, a local website and e-office services.