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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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MAKING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR WOMEN UN WOMEN’S WORK IN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

MAKING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR WOMEN UN WOMEN’S WORK IN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

This background paper highlights the key barriers that contribute towards creating and sustaining the gender gap in innovation and technology, including the limited market awarenss and investment in innovations that meet the needs of women; the gender-blind approach to innovation; the under-representation of women as innovators and entrepreneurs; and the perceived high risk, low reward profile of investing in innovations for women and girls. The paper also outlines the concrete action that UN Women and its partners are taking to address them.

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Supporting teachers with mobile technology Lessons drawn from UNESCO projects in Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Senegal

Supporting teachers with mobile technology Lessons drawn from UNESCO projects in Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Senegal

This report draws lessons from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) projects implemented in Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Senegal between 2012 and 2014 to help solve the twin challenges of teacher supply and teacher quality, using mobile technology. All countries participating in the UNESCO projects have yet to achieve universal basic education for children, and Nigeria, Pakistan, and Senegal face the most severe deficits. UNESCO's aim was to both test an overarching concept - can mobile technology support professional development? - and understand, at a local level, what elements contribute to the success and failure of individual projects implemented in unique contexts.

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Capacity building in a Changing ICT Environment

Capacity building in a Changing ICT Environment

The ITU online publication "Capacity Building in a Changing ICT Environment", which is released annually, puts together scholarly articles with a focus on the human and institutional aspects of capacity building in the telecommunications/ICT sector. It covers a wide range of ICT topics that may affect people and their skills development. The first issue of this publication focuses on mobile technologies for skills development and lifelong learning. It features the work of an international team of experts, tackling the issues in an analytical, critical and conceptual fashion. The articles in this issue explore the increasing power of mobile devices in bringing the benefits of ICTs to more people worldwide. They are a contribution to the current discussions on the educational applications of mobile technologies and their potential to enhance and facilitate lifelong learning and skills development.

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Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

This report explores the current use and potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in tackling global development challenges, highlighting a number of specific instances where IoT interventions are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. It presents summary conclusions on what is required for the IoT to reach billions of people living in the developing world, and also to accelerate income growth and social development as a result.

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ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation

ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embody a universally shared vision of progress towards a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings. The book,"ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation", written by leading scholars and experts from around the world, aims to address the challenges and opportunities offered by ICTs in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth. "ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation" addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by ICTs in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth. provides a roadmap and practical strategies for utilizing advances in ICTs to foster an environment that nourishes ICT-centric innovation, economic growth, and social change consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. provides insights and directions on how to encourage and facilitate collaborative digital entrepreneurship, how to leapfrog the innovation gap, how to ensure sustainability, and how to create new job opportunities. intends to serve as a comprehensive resource for all the stakeholders within the ICT-centric ecosystem, including policy makers, regulators, operators, academics, funding agencies, regional and international organizations, financial institutions and citizens. provides a holistic and integrated view of the important elements that together and collectively can lead to sustainable development of nations. The book was launched at a Ministerial Roundtable on ICT④SDGs organized to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) on 11 October, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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ICTs, LDCs and the SDGs Achieving universal and affordable Internet in the least developed countries

ICTs, LDCs and the SDGs Achieving universal and affordable Internet in the least developed countries

In January 2018, ITU launched the report on ICTs, LDCs and the SDGs: Achieving universal and affordable Internet in the least developed countries. This report highlights the opportunities that ICTs deliver to tackle development challenges in the most vulnerable countries in the world. This report analyzes ICT developments in the LDCs and tracks progress towards achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 9.c, to "significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020". Its analysis is based on a new, three-dimensional framework which classifies LDCs into three categories based on their overall performance across the areas of access, affordability and skills. This will help countries identify areas that are most pressing and where to direct policy and scarce financial and human resources.

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Measuring the Information Society Report 2017

Measuring the Information Society Report 2017

This annual report presents a global and regional overview of the latest developments regarding information and communication technologies (ICTs), based on internationally comparable data and agreed methodologies. It aims to provide ITU Member States with an objective assessment of countries’ ICT performance by highlighting areas of success stories and areas that need further improvement. The release of this report comes after the successful conclusion of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we adopted a Strategic Plan and Action Plan that will provide future direction and guidance to the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), including its work on statistics. Based on ITU data collections, the report gives an overview of the long-term telecommunication/ICT trends. Analysis shows an overall upward trend in the availability of communication services, driven by rapid growth in broadband, with a growing predominance of mobile over fixed services. Globally, the number of mobilecellar subscriptions grew from 2005 to 2017 from 33.9 per 100 inhabitants to an estimated 103.5. In the least developed countries (LDCs), the growth has been more impressive, increasing from 5.0 in 2005 to an estimated 70.4 in 2017. These trends are brought further into evidence by the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI is a powerful tool for monitoring progress towards a global information society and is a core feature of this report. The latest IDI ranks the performance of 176 economies with regard to ICT infrastructure, use and skills, allowing for comparisons to be made between countries and over time. The most important aspect of the IDI is that countries should track their own year on year progress and make policy adjustments to grow their countries’ telecommunication/ICT sector.

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ICT Trends

ICT Trends

This publication aims to provide timely and relevant information on the major ICT trends and the implications of these trends. It serves as a knowledge resource for policymakers and government officials in Asia and the Pacific to increase their awareness and appreciation for the continuously evolving ICT landscape. It intends to present a broad understanding of how new and emerging ICT trends could be utilized to support sustainable and inclusive development.

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ASEAN 4.0: What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for regional economic integration?

ASEAN 4.0: What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean for regional economic integration?

This research report focuses on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to a set of highly disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain and 3D printing, that are transforming social, economic and political systems and placing pressure on leaders and policy-makers to respond. The paper discusses the huge benefits these technologies will bring, such as empowering SMEs and creating new ways to connect citizens to healthcare. Equally, it will bring tremendous challenges, such as deep disruption to jobs as AI and advanced robotics undermine both manufacturing and services jobs. The region will need a new approach to policy and governance to help it navigate these technologies, which do not recognize national borders. This research report was suggested by the World Economic Forum’s ASEAN Regional Strategy Group. The report was written and researched jointly by the World Economic Forum and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Internet of things : the new government to business platform - a review of opportunities, practices, and challenges

Internet of things : the new government to business platform - a review of opportunities, practices, and challenges

The buzz around Internet of Things (IoT) has gathered momentum but the IoT phenomenon is poorly understood by governments and businesses. Governments are under pressure to become more innovative, evidence-based, and collaborative and IoT seems to offer opportunities such as increased competitiveness and innovation, and regulatory improvements that reduce the burden on business and increase compliance. In this report we examine the evidence on the ground to see how the theoretical potential of IoT implementation matches up with the reality on the ground and what can we learn from government agencies at the forefront of IoT implementation. The report draws on lessons from cities around the world (Germany, UK, Luxembourg, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Finland, Canada, USA, Japan, UAE, and India); it also provides a review of the IoT marketplace. The questions it answers include - what is IoT and why should governments care, how are different cities implementing IoT based solutions, and what are the main policy and other implications for government to fully utilize the potential of the technology while managing the associated risks and challenges? Findings include the fact that IoT implementation is still nascent in governments, the business models to scale pilots are still under-developed, the policy environment remains very patchy, and there is need to invest in digital capacity, data practices, and IoT infrastructure. The report includes a rough toolkit for government agencies.

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