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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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International Open Source Network

The International Open Source Network (IOSN) is a Center of Excellence for free and open source software (FOSS), open content and open standards in the Asia-Pacific region. Through the three centres of excellence – IOSN ASEAN+3, IOSN PIC (Pacific Island Countries), and IOSN South Asia, based in Manila, Suva and Chennai respectively, the IOSN is tasked specifically to facilitate and network FOSS advocates and human resources in the region. The vision is that developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region can achieve rapid and sustained economic and social development by using affordable yet effective FOSS ICT solutions to bridge the digital divide.

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Engendering ICT Toolkit: Challenges and Opportunities for Gender-Equitable Development

The purpose of this toolkit is to identify opportunities, highlight innovative projects and activities, and suggest how development agencies can help realize the potential for gender equality. The toolkit can help these agencies assist developing countries in improving the efficiency and equity of their ICT policies and programmes by ensuring that they respond to the needs of both women and men. The toolkit is divided into 10 sections and it contains checklists, evaluation tools, examples of good practices, and resources that can be used to incorporate gender into ICT projects and project components. The toolkit has been designed for general distribution to researchers, educators, and development practitioners.

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Why National Strategies are Needed for ICT-enabled Development

This paper examines the challenges and opportunities of the information and communication technology (ICT) revolution, and their implications for development policy and strategies. It explores why developing countries should look ahead and try to adapt and harness ICT in support of economic and social development. It provides a broad view of the promises and risks of the ICT revolution, and its potential impact on productivity, markets, organizations and education, among others. Then it outlines the rationale for designing national strategies for e-development (or e-enhanced development), and the options, objectives and major thrusts for such strategies in support of economic growth, poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals.

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Strengthening Policy and Institutional Infrastructure in Information Technology: Study on Information Technology Needs Assessment and Readiness in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Strengthening Policy and Institutional Infrastructure in Information Technology: Study on Information Technology Needs Assessment and Readiness in the Greater Mekong Subregion

This study on information technology needs assessment and readiness assesses the needs of the Sub-region to recommend steps for development and use of IT-based services for overall economic growth in the Sub-region.

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e-Commerce and e-Business

e-Commerce and e-Business

This e-primer provides an introduction to e-commerce – what it is, how it works, and how it could affect and transform businesses. It also provides policy guidelines for promoting e-commerce that contributes to sustainable economic development.

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Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy : Challenges for Developing Countries

This report explores the challenges to education and training systems that the knowledge economy presents. It outlines policy options for addressing these challenges and developing viable systems of lifelong learning in developing countries and countries with transition economies. It encourages countries to look beyond traditional approaches to education and training and to engage in a policy dialogue on the pedagogical and economic consequence of lifelong learning.

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e-Government

e-Government

This e-primer provides information on what is e-government, its benefits and challenges, and its usefulness in a developing country context. There is also a comprehensive review of global best practices on e-government and e-governance.

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Nets, Webs and the Information Infrastructure

Nets, Webs and the Information Infrastructure

This e-primer explores the development of necessary physical infrastructure that will allow nations to flourish in the information economy. Challenges including the digital divide, the language barrier and broadband deployment are discussed with examples given.

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Training for ICT development in Sri Lanka and Tanzania

The study begins by exploring the terms IT and ICT. This is followed by a human resources approach to ICT, based on the assumption that a programme for ICT education should be structured according to a desired level of ICT proficiency. Swedish government policies that have created the conditions for Sweden’s competency in the ICT sector are reviewed, followed by a thorough analysis of education and training in Sweden. The sections on Sri Lanka and Tanzania follow a similar logic though they are more geared to concrete policy recommendations appearing at the end of those chapters.

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Legal and Regulatory Issues in the Information Economy

Legal and Regulatory Issues in the Information Economy

This e-primer discusses the need for a legal and regulatory environment that is conducive to the development of e-commerce and e-business. It helps developing nations define their requirements for shaping appropriate legislation and corresponding regulatory and institutional frameworks.

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