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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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Values, Ethics and Innovation: Rethinking Technological Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Values, Ethics and Innovation: Rethinking Technological Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Values and ethics are not esoteric, relative or fuzzy: they’re practical, accessible and essential. Technologies embody the ethical frameworks and the values of the societies that create them, and as they continue to inform the administrative foundation of governments, shape societies, and affect the health and well-being of millions, understanding the relationship between technology and values becomes ever more vital. The purpose of this paper is to encourage leaders to adopt practical skills for working with values and ethics and integrating them into a broader view of technological development.

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Catalog of Technical Standards for Digital Identification Systems

Catalog of Technical Standards for Digital Identification Systems

This catalog of technical standards can serve as a source of reference for the stakeholders in the identification systems ecosystem. Robust and inclusive identification systems are crucial for development, as enshrined in sustainable development goal (SDG) target 16.9, which mandates countries to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration. For governments, modern identification systems allow for more efficient and transparent administration and service delivery, a reduction in fraud, and leakage related to transfers and benefits payments, increased security, accurate vital statistics for planning purposes, and greater capacity to respond to disasters and epidemics.

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Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

This report showcases the role that technology can play in improving the quality, timeliness, and frequency of agricultural statistics in Asia and the Pacific. The first part presents a summary of existing methods for collecting land area, production, and yield data in the region. The second part discusses measurement errors associated with the existing data collection methods. The third part presents ways to address these measurement errors using remote sensing technology by showcasing results from three methodological research activities undertaken by the Asian Development Bank in three countries: the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand, and Viet Nam. This report concludes with a summary of how other innovations, such as drones, computer-assisted personal interviewing, and artificial intelligence hold promise in transforming the field of agricultural statistics.

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Framing Policies for the Digital Economy

Framing Policies for the Digital Economy

This discussion paper is meant for those who are involved in policy debates on the digital economy, associated opportunities and challenges. Key concepts and technologies are explained and 3 case studies (Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) reviewed for insights into policy frameworks that may offer pointers for policy frameworks towards an inclusive digital economy in Asia-Pacific.

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The New Physics of Financial Services

The New Physics of Financial Services

Financial institutions around the world are making large-scale investments in AI, while governments and regulators seek to grapple with the significant uncertainties and growing public trepidation as AI becomes central to the fabric of institutions and markets. The World Economic Forum has a successful track record of providing detailed multi stakeholder analysis of the changing landscape of the financial ecosystem, particularly through our Future of Financial Services series. It was clear that a similar approach could cut through the sensationalism surrounding AI to provide valuable insights for the private sector and policy-makers alike. This document helps people make informed decisions about how to interpret the evolving role of AI in financial services and navigate the turbulent changes on the horizon.

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Postal Savings: Reaching Everyone in Asia

Postal Savings: Reaching Everyone in Asia

Postal networks do much to improve people’s access to bank accounts in a digitally connected 21st century. The book explains the benefits and needs of postal financial inclusion in Asia; presents strategies of postal financial inclusion, ranging from a simple model of postal savings to full-fledged banking services; assesses national regulations needed to expand postal financial inclusion; studies the challenges and opportunities arising from new technologies; and derives policy recommendations that will promote postal financial inclusion.

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Maximising availability of international connectivity in developing countries: Strategies to ensure global digital inclusion

Maximising availability of international connectivity in developing countries: Strategies to ensure global digital inclusion

This report aims to build awareness of the challenges and strategies for improving international connectivity, and to consider some potential options for promoting increased local, regional and global collaboration to further this objective. In this respect, the report aims to inform the international development community as well as national policy makers, industry and civil society groups.

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Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste

Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste

This Handbook provides guidance on the key aspects to be taken into account when designing, implementing and improving a legal, regulatory and policy framework on ICT/e-waste. The proposed framework is intended to facilitate the management of ICT/e-waste based on the concepts of sustainable development, green ICT and the circular economy. It is structured in four phases – planning, implementation, monitoring and review.

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Cyber Resilience: Playbook for Public-Private Collaboration

Cyber Resilience: Playbook for Public-Private Collaboration

Cyber Resilience: Playbook for Public-Private Collaboration helps leaders develop a baseline understanding of the key issues and policy positions relating to cybersecurity and resilience. In connecting norms and values to policy, the report encourages all actors to move past absolute and rigid positions towards more action-oriented discussions, and presents the implications of policy choices on five key values: security, privacy, economic value, accountability and fairness.

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Closing the Gender Gap: Opportunities for the Women’s Mobile Financial Services Market in Bangladesh

Closing the Gender Gap: Opportunities for the Women’s Mobile Financial Services Market in Bangladesh

The report highlight the opportunities, problems, and challenges related to the financial inclusion of women through MFS adoption in Bangladesh. The data in this report was collected through a nationally representative survey of 2,000 female mobile financial services (MFS) users and 2,000 female non-users across the country.

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