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The Development Gateway Foundation, a nonprofit coalition of international
organizations, governments, civil society, and the private sector held its
inaugural donors and board meetings on December 4 in Washington, DC. The
meetings were attended by Founding Members, sponsors, and potential future
partners of the Foundation. Prior to the meetings, the Founding Members -
Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mali (sponsored by the
Netherlands), and the World Bank - and other sponsors committed to
contribute USD 42 million in cash and in kind over the period of 2001-2003.
After the board meeting, the Government of Pakistan announced its intention
to join the Foundation as a Founding Members by committing to contribute
USD 5 milllion to the initiative.

The Development Gateway Foundation ( will complement
the efforts of other ICT initiatives, such as the DOT Force
( and the UN ICT Task Force
( to enhance
global understanding and consensus on the challenges and opportunities
posed by information and communications technologies, and to propose
practical ways to overcome the digital divide. The Development Gateway
portal ( is a key program of the Foundation.