Formulating national information policies and strategies is a difficult and time-consuming task. It needs knowledge of the issues and matters, experience with cultural change and an appreciation of the history of the nation. Any policy or strategy has to be based on needs. The updating process of information policies and strategies is also based on a needs assessment.
Studying relevant international best practices is a good way to learn from the experiences of other countries and to avoid mistakes. The best practices form a rich source of ideas and approaches, which can be considered for future application developing countries. They also provide the opportunity for country to country comparisons. Such comparisons may contribute to the strengthening of confidence and trust in what must be the ultimate objective: the information and knowledge based society. Our team was actively involved in the evaluation, formulation and development of information policies and strategies for a number of countries.