ITeM stands for the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (or, the Third World Institute) which is based in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.
Focus on information
It focuses on information, communication and education activities on an international level, particularly focusing on development and environment-related activities. It [http://www.item.org.uy/eng/about.php describes itself] as "a civil society organization, working for civil society, which encourages citizen involvement in global decision-making processes."
ITeM's has been known for the publication of the
The World Guide(formerly called the Third World Guide), which acted as a useful reference book focusing on diverse global issues and concerns, as seen from the perspective of the South, the developing worldor the Third World.
It has also researched and built electronic communication networks -- through
Chasque. Its other projects revolve around "information and communication as the basis of education and democracy".
Publications of ITeM are widely distributed, earlier in the printed format and now on CD-ROM and via the Web. Much of its activities focus on promoting citizen organisation networks on an international level.
Its aims include contributing to the "construction of democracy", and "placing civil society organizations as key agents in this process." It says it contributes to the construction of democratic, equitable and environmentally sustainable societies. Other goals include promoting a respect for human rights, promoting national and international networking among citizens' organisations, and contributing to the study and solutions of problems affecting the
It was set up as a non-profit civil association on July 7, 1989, recognized as a legal person by Uruguay's
Ministry of Education and Culture(MEC) and exempted from national taxes by a 1994 Presidential decree. It has been an organisation in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council( ECOSOC).
The portal site
Choike(http://www.choike.org/), created by the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) seeks to improve the capacity of both, users and publishers, to understand and influence national and international decision-making processes that affect local communities.
Choike originated from the will of promoting information and knowledge sharing among Southern civil societies and strengthening citizenship and participation in the design and implementations of local, national, regional and international development policies by promoting the use of ICT for South-South exchange, to strengthen Southern NGO participation in international decision-making and improve visibility of Southern content.
* [http://www.item.org.uy/esp/index.php ITeM site, official, in Spanish]
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