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GLOBAL THEME PROGRAMMES In order to counter act on the trauma the organization faced with membership retention and organization synergy, Global Theme Programs (GTPs) were introduced. These were core focus areas serving as a guide for issues for the membership to focus on. The focus areas were corporate social responsibility, information and society, higher education and learning, cultural understanding, and entrepreneurship. GTPs continued and the theme chosen for 1996 until 2000 was “Interdependence: Learning and Acting for a Shared Future”. The theme was used as an aligning force for consideration when identifying results of projects, activities and interaction. Main activities around the GTP besides projects and activities were the Global Theme Guide and Youth Acton Guide. AIESEC published a few books from outputs of these themes such as the Youth Action Plan – Education and the 21st Century Citizen.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS There was a short period of return to the MATCH system in August 1990 due to the lack of confidence in the new TARGET system because of a lack of documentation and numerous programming bugs. Throughout the presence of TARGET as the information system for AIESEC during the early 1990’s, loss of focus on the relevance of exchange brought mindsets away from its development. 32

TARGET underwent many diverse and radical changes with at least three new versions. A prominent one was TARGET 96 which worked towards paperless administration with the use of diskettes containing data files. Henceforth, matching runs were reduced from days into a matter of hours. Almost simultaneous with TARGET 96, a move of the exchange system throughout 1995 and 1996 from TARGET to AIESEC Global Information Systems (AGIS) to embrace the internet technology was successful. For instance, the use of File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to retrieve materials, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) to run real-time online meetings and open access to the international website www.aiesec.org to 70 countries were achieved. Aside from AGIS becoming the way we manage the International Traineeship Exchange Program (ITEP), a large sum of Local Committee (LC) budget usually went to expenditures for communications email, telephone and fax therefore justifying this move. Later on, the name AGIS was changed into Insight. Insight had the main advantage of data sent through internet and continuous matching took place unlike with TARGET where the match was made at specified periods. Yet, the achievements of Insight were short lived and overshadowed by a lot of bugs, questions and mistakes. Thus, it soon developed into Insight II at the end of the decade.

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