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The e-Collaborative Hub or E-Co Hub is a single-entry online gateway for policy makers, trainers and practitioners to easily access and search for relevant knowledge resources on different aspects of ICT for development (ICTD). There is also a collaborative workspace to discuss views, share ideas and collaborate on projects related to ICTD.

"Information and communications technologies (ICTs) are changing the world by transforming societies and economies. To take advantage of the advancements and applications of ICT, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to deploy ICT to realize its transformational economic, social and environmental ambitions. ICT is an enabler for enhancing productivity, raising resilience and fostering greater civic engagement, while offering options for effective delivery of public services"

- Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

 

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Opportunities and Policy Challenges of Digitalisation in Southeast Asia

Opportunities and Policy Challenges of Digitalisation in Southeast Asia

This paper is intended to provide ASEAN policy makers with some key messages on the digital transformation.

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What if we all governed the Internet

What if we all governed the Internet

UNESCO started in 2009 to commission this flagship series publications of Internet Freedom, aiming to explore the changing legal and policy issues of Internet and provide its Member States and other stakeholders with policy recommendations aiming to foster a conducive environment to freedom of expression on the Net. This is the 11th edition of the series.

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Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid

Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid

Of all the emerging technologies that are likely to shape the future of international development, perhaps none is getting more attention today than blockchain. But for many mobile network operators (MNOs) and their partners within the development sector, it has been difficult to judge whether the significant hype around this technology is justified. Certainly, some use cases are beginning to emerge that blockchain technologies are uniquely qualified to address, but like any other enabling technology we should not expect it to become a silver bullet for every development challenge. In this report, GSMA provide short case studies that highlight how four blockchain platforms are currently being used to improve people’s access to self-sovereign identities, bring new levels of transparency to the distribution of international aid, and improve the efficiency of humanitarian cash transfers.

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Disaster Resilience for Sustainable Development

Disaster Resilience for Sustainable Development

This edition of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report, looks at the extent and impact of natural disasters across the region and how these intersect with poverty, inequality and the effects of violent conflict. But it also shows how scientific and other advances have increased the potential for building disaster resilience and ensuring that even in the most extreme circumstances people can survive disaster impacts and rebuild their communities and livelihoods.

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The State of Broadband: Broadband catalyzing sustainable development

The State of Broadband: Broadband catalyzing sustainable development

This report provides an update on progress towards the global targets of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and showcases the research and thought leadership of the Broadband Commission. It also provides a global snapshot of where the telecommunication/ICT industry stands with regards to fixed and mobile broadband deployment, affordability and usage, as well as the use of broadband for achieving development objectives. It will examine the use of new and upcoming technologies, such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) for development.

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eGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking stock of user-centric design and delivery of digital public services in Europe

eGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking stock of user-centric design and delivery of digital public services in Europe

This Insight Report presents the main highlights of the assessment of eGovernment services in 34 countries – the European Union Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey – referred to as EU28+ throughout this report. The assessment of these services covers the priority areas of the eGovernment Action Plan. Each priority area is measured by one or more.

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Digital Government Review of Colombia Towards a citizen-driven public sector

Digital Government Review of Colombia Towards a citizen-driven public sector

This review analyses the shift from e-government to digital government in Colombia. It looks at the governance framework for digital government, the use of digital platforms and open data to engage and collaborate with citizens, conditions for a data-driven public sector, and policy coherence in a context of significant regional disparities. It provides concrete policy recommendations on how digital technologies and data can be harnessed for citizen-driven policy making and public service delivery.

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GENDER AND ICTs: Mainstreaming Gender in the Use of ICTs for Agriculture and Rural Development

GENDER AND ICTs: Mainstreaming Gender in the Use of ICTs for Agriculture and Rural Development

The publication is the result of desk study, online fora on gender held in the framework of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice , and a review of projects and programmes conducted in regions of the world. While substantial progress has been made in making ICTs available and accessible for rural communities, challenges remain with respect to the following seven critical factors for success: content, capacity development, gender and diversity, access and participation, partnerships, technologies, and finally, economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This publication presents the challenges and the seven factors of success, followed by an overview of the general existing barriers to women’s access to, control and use of ICTs. Finally, it offers a series of recommendations for better integration of gender in ICT initiatives, based on gender mainstreaming throughout the seven critical factors of success, illustrated with concrete examples.

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Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

This report is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD. It is the result of a joint collaboration between the OECD and the ASEAN Coordinating Committee for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The opinions expressed and the arguments employed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views of neither OECD nor ASEAN member countries.

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Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier?

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier?

This report examines investment in artificial intelligence (AI), describe how it is being deployed by companies that have started to use these technologies across sectors, and aim to explore its potential to become a major business disrupter. This report also leverages the resources of McKinsey Analytics, a global practice that helps clients achieve better performance through data. The research was conducted jointly with Digital McKinsey, a global practice that designs and implements digital transformations.

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