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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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Bridging the Rural Digital Divide

Bridging the Rural Digital Divide

This document examines recent policy and technology approaches to bridging the digital divide in rural and remote areas in OECD countries. First, it discusses issues related to assessing broadband gaps, defining speeds and establishing national targets. Second, it describes policies being implemented to improve both access and uptake, such as fostering competition, promoting national, rural and community-led broadband initiatives, supporting open access policies and reducing deployment costs. Finally, it briefly reviews technological developments that are likely to influence the provision of services in underserved areas. Experience in OECD countries with fibre optics, coaxial cable, copper, fixed and mobile wireless, satellites and hybrid approaches, as well as with emerging technologies, are used to illustrate some of the technological trends discussed. This document also includes a summary of common challenges and good practices to bring improved communication services to individuals and communities in rural and remote areas.

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Digital inclusion for low-skilled and low-literate people: a landscape review

Digital inclusion for low-skilled and low-literate people: a landscape review

This report explores how technology solutions outside of the education sector can be designed to be more inclusive, accessible and usable for people with low levels of skills and literacy; what skills such people need to utilize effectively inclusive digital solutions; and what key characteristics of the overall environment are needed for successful implementation of more inclusive solutions. It is important to note that low literacy in this review includes young people and adults who are illiterate in the sense that they cannot read or write. Five development areas and contexts – health, agriculture, government, displaced populations, and green and environmental practices – are foregrounded to help us understand the links between digital solutions, skills development and livelihoods.

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Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age

Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age

This report highlights some of the central frictions that prevent greater financial inclusion and financial well-being, and associated technological innovations that are fostering creative new approaches to mitigating these frictions for individuals and small businesses globally. At the end of this report, it provides a list of 100 Fintech companies globally that are supporting ‘Financial Inclusion in the Digital Age’ across four main verticals of impact: payments, lending and related ecosystem, savings and financial planning, and insurance. These 100 companies are mission-driven but are also focused on providing attractive risk-adjusted returns to their investors.

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Accelerating Financial Inclusion in South-East Asia with Digital Finance

Accelerating Financial Inclusion in South-East Asia with Digital Finance

This study analyzes the role digital finance can play in accelerating financial inclusion, focusing on four Southeast Asian markets – Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar. This study – informed by more than 80 stakeholder interviews across the four markets, extensive secondary research, and economic analysis – is an endeavour to better understand and quantify the nature of this impact.

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Technology and Innovation Report 2018: Harnessing Frontier Technolgoies for Sustainable Development

Technology and Innovation Report 2018: Harnessing Frontier Technolgoies for Sustainable Development

This publication notes that change is becoming exponential thanks to the power of digital platforms and innovative combinations of different technologies that become possible every day. This opens exciting possibilities for the democratization of frontier technologies to materialize in development solutions. The Report proposes strategies and actions, some of them based on existing experiences in STI policy for development, and some more innovative ones to make technology an effective means of implementation of our common development agenda – nationally and globally.

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ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models

ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models

This report examines the challenges facing health care systems and the strategic directions for a smarter health and wellness future, from both technological and policy viewpoints. It looks at the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and discusses the research and policy options that could further the development of smarter health and wellness systems.

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Embracing the E-Commerce Revolution in Asia and the Pacific

Embracing the E-Commerce Revolution in Asia and the Pacific

The report introduces a new analytical framework to assess the level and quality of e-commerce development. The framework incorporates three key dimensions of e-commerce development: (i) economic factors and conditions, (ii) legal and institutional environment, and (iii) social acceptance and awareness. The multidimensional framework allows a systemic review of underlying conditions and factors characterizing e-commerce development to evaluate the current status, identify multifaceted development challenges, and suggest the way forward.

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How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), have published a brief guide on how to use social media to better engage people affected by crisis. The guide is geared towards staff in humanitarian organisations who are responsible for official social media channels.

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Science & Technology into Action

Science & Technology into Action

This publication “takes forward the 12 action points, adopted at the First Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction as contribution to the global ‘Science and Technology Roadmap’. The publication identifies examples and good practices of implementation of these action points, identifying the role of science and technology in each. This is a unique way of bridging the gap between science and policy” introduced by Ms. Loretta Hieber Girardet, chief of UNISDR Asia and Pacific Region.

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Implementation of WSIS Action lines for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world

Implementation of WSIS Action lines for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world

This document focuses on the contribution of the respective Action Lines on the Theme for the High level Political Forum for this year “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. It further seeks to encourage and promote effective multistakeholder cooperation in implementation of WSIS action lines and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each UN agency responsible for facilitating the WSIS Action lines has submitted their input to the report.

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