What is ICT?

ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology and is an umbrella term that covers computer hardware and software, the internet, mobile phones and the other computer-based tools and applications we use. Many people also refer to Information Technology, or IT, and the terms are usually taken to mean the same thing.

Computers and the internet have now become a standard part of the day-to-day workings of almost every third sector organisation, so ICT is considered to be a core component of how they function.

Thinking about how to use ICT is not just a case of having the right boxes and wires. It is about how your organisation uses information and how it communicates, and how technology helps it achieve its goals.

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Produced by the Regional ICT Champions who were a Capacitybuilders funded project coordinated by NAVCA from 2008 to 2011