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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, represented in 166 countries, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. The focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

  • Democratic Governance

  • Poverty Reduction

  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery

  • Environment and Energy

  • HIV/AIDS

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.

Recognizing APCICT's plans to develop a dedicated gateway for ICT training purposes through the e-Co Hub, the UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (UNDP-APDIP) made available all of its knowledge products on ICT for development that have been developed since 2002 so that they could be shared on the hub and be considered for utilization in the Centre’s training and advocacy programmes. The knowledge products include more than 70 titles in the format of printed publications, videos, television programmes, online training materials, multimedia self-learning packages, country reports, brief topical e-notes and analytical papers.

Find out more about UNDP at http://www.undp.org

For enquiries on UNDP-APDIP, contact the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok

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Integrated Framework to Support Local Governance and Local Development

Integrated Framework to Support Local Governance and Local Development

Developing the capacity for local governance and local development is essential for delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Localizing development should not be seen as a translation of global policies within a local context, but rather as a process based on the empowerment of local stakeholders, aimed at making sustainable development more responsive and more relevant to local needs, aspirations and lives through sustained exchanges between the global, national and local levels.  All partners- the government at all levels, civil society, private sector, development agencies – will need to work together to ensure steady progress on this transformative development agenda. This Integrated Framework to Support Local Governance and Local Development is one of the initial forms of support from the UN system to our partners across societies and economies at different stages of development to set out a strategy to localize this agenda.

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Mobilizing Private Finance for Sustainable Development

Mobilizing Private Finance for Sustainable Development

The proactive engagement of the private sector was critical to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Inevitably, private finance will become even more central in the concerted effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) due to their ambition. Private investment decisions in both the real economy and in the financial sector should move the world towards the aspirations set out in the 2030 agenda. This means going far beyond philanthropy and voluntary corporate social responsibility, important though they are. It is a matter of steering the investment decisions that private actors make every day.

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Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity

Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity

Based on the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to prevent violent extremism and Sustainable Development Goal 16, UNDP has developed a global framework called 'Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity'. This framework highlights that prevention of violent extremism needs to look beyond strict security concerns to development-related causes of, and solutions to, the phenomenon. UNDP’s approach to PVE reflects the fact that the world today faces two interlinked trends: the rise of violent extremism, and the need to govern increasingly diverse and multi-cultural societies. At the heart of UNDP’s approach is a belief that better governance of diversity will lead to societies better protected against violent extremism.

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Sustainable Development Goals Booklet

Sustainable Development Goals Booklet

Introducing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Gender Mainstreaming in Environment and Sustainable Development Projects: A Perspective from the Asia-Pacific Region

Gender Mainstreaming in Environment and Sustainable Development Projects: A Perspective from the Asia-Pacific Region

These guidelines are designed to facilitate robust integration of gender equality perspectives in the entire project cycle, from design to implementation to monitoring, evaluation and reporting in UNDP’s environment and sustainable development projects in Asia and the Pacific. Gender equality is a prerequisite for sustainable development. Only when women and men are equally empowered to manage the development processes are those developments likely to be sustainable, resilient and durable. To that end, these guidelines will assist UNDP staff to design better projects in the first place so that better results will be achieved.

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WSIS Forum 2015 Forum Track Outcome Document

WSIS Forum 2015 Forum Track Outcome Document

Building on the open consultation process, more than 150 sessions were held during the WSIS Forum 2015. The overall theme of the WSIS Forum 2015 this year was “Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development”. This provided a vibrant atmosphere for facilitation and exchange on a multistakeholder vision of the WSIS Process. An exhibition space provided the perfect atmosphere to network, learn and share .The commitment and dedication of the WSIS Stakeholders was evident from the outcomes submitted by the session organizers.

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MAKING IT HAPPEN: TECHNOLOGY, FINANCE AND STATISTICS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

MAKING IT HAPPEN: TECHNOLOGY, FINANCE AND STATISTICS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The end of 2015 is the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Governments across Asia and the Pacific have been striving to meet the Goals, particularly on reducing income poverty. Some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others, but it is clear that the MDGs have prompted high levels of commitment and achievement. As MDGs come to a close and a post-2015 agenda takes shape, to be formulated as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this report focuses on three key issues for implementation of this new agenda: technology, finance and statistics. It argues that priority should be given to identify and disseminate the most productive technologies; the necessary investment for sustainable development should come from a diverse range of sources, including public and private, domestic and international; and supported by statistics that should serve as a launching pad for evidence-based policymaking. The report has been produced by ESCAP, ADB and UNDP and it is a result of wide consultation among policymakers, development practitioners and other stakeholders throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. Other United Nations organizations, funds and programmes participating in the Regional Coordination Mechanism have also contributed.

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance

Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance

The report ‘Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance: UNDP Support during the HFA Implementation Period 2005-2015’ examines the strategies and methodologies employed by UNDP over the last decade to promote an enabling governance environment for disaster risk reduction (DRR). In particular, it presents an analysis of UNDP support for getting DRR on the political agenda as a cross-cutting development priority, and facilitating the translation of DRR policy frameworks into action at the local level. The report provides valuable lessons to inform future policy and programming, as well as recommendations for UNDP’s and other actors involved in the implementation of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk reduction.

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MDG Report 2014: Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals

MDG Report 2014: Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals

While an increasing number of Africans are enjoying higher living standards, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa should redouble efforts to ensure crises such as the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa do not reverse development achievements, says the latest MDG report on Africa. Africa’s poverty rates have continued to decline, despite the adverse effects of the recent food, fuel, and global economic crisis, says “Assessing Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa”, produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Women’s Socioeconomic Empowerment through ICT in Latin America: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador

Women’s Socioeconomic Empowerment through ICT in Latin America: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador

The primary purpose of this report is to describe the process of creating and disseminating an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training curriculum that serves information and economic interests of women entrepreneurs in three Latin American countries: Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. The overarching goal of the training is to provide accessible and regionally appropriate content that teaches women how to effectively harness the power of the information economy and to leverage e-business strategies to improve their socioeconomic statuses. This report outlines the steps taken to support ICT training curriculum development and deployment. The first steps of the research included regional basic literature reviews, online surveys, and focus group interviews (FGI). The resulting data were used to build a seven-day training technical curriculum based on existing APWINC training materials. This report describes these processes, as well as outlines the rationale of the training module content, the content localization process, criteria for selecting training sites within the three countries, and the potential of the programme to significantly impact the lives and livelihoods of Andean women through the use of ICT.

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10 things to know about finance for reducing disaster risk

10 things to know about finance for reducing disaster risk

Finance for reducing disaster risk: 10 things to know focuses on the basics of DRR finance and the opportunities that the Post-2015 development finance landscape can offer. In the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) – it is imperative that the discussion on financing is elaborated. This accompanying report to the '10 things to know about finance for reducing disaster risk’ provides a clear overview of the needs and trends in DRR finance, the available channels and a nuanced narrative to capture the attention of decision-makers and stakeholders in advance of the Sendai World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).

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DELIVERING THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

DELIVERING THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

One year ago the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) released a summary of a global consultation process on the world that people want. The report, ‘A Million Voices’, captured the results of nearly 100 national dialogues on post-2015, 11 thematic consultations, and a vibrant e-discussion and global survey, MY World. The current report picks up where 'A Million Voices' left off, and looks in more depth at the factors within each country that will support or impede implementation. A set of Dialogues has been exploring these factors and are still capturing ideas around six topics. The overarching message is that all these means of implementation will require sufficient investment if the new post-2015 development agenda is to make a real difference to people’s lives. Whatever the specific topic of discussion several principlese merge again and again: participation, inclusion, and the need for strengthened capacities and partnerships. Only an agenda that focuses on effective implementation, including through these aspects, will do justice to the aspirations and hopes of the millions of people around the world who have guided governments to this new agenda— the future they want.

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UN Launches Programme to Develop ICT skills for Socio-Economic Growth in Uzbekistan

UN Launches Programme to Develop ICT skills for Socio-Economic Growth in Uzbekistan

UN-APCICT/ESCAP in collaboration with UNDP in Uzbekistan, the Uzbekistan Agency for Communication and Information (UzACI), and Tashkent University of Information Technologies (TUIT) carry-out a two-day workshop to equip government officials in Uzbekistan with the skills and knowledge to leverage ICT for socio-economic development.

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e-Government Interoperability

e-Government Interoperability

This e-primer walks its readers through the vision and value of e-government interoperability and the steps required to achieve effective interoperability. It also answers some fundamental questions such as why government interoperability frameworks should be developed; who should be involved; how are they produced and revised; and what are the key factors for their successful development and operationalization.

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e-Government Interoperability: Overview

e-Government Interoperability: Overview

The Overview introduces and guides policy makers to the what, who, why and how of e-government interoperability. Through a question-and-answer format, the publication walks its readers through the vision, rationale and value of a Government Interoperability Framework (GIF) and a National Enterprise Architecture (NEA). It answers some fundamental questions such as what are the resources required, who should be involved and what are the key factors for its successful development and operationalization. It also looks at open standards and what they have to do with GIF. This Overview is particularly useful for senior officials in governments who are starting to implement their e-government strategies and for those who are planning to develop a GIF or NEA.

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e-Government Interoperability: Guide

e-Government Interoperability: Guide

The Guide is a practical tool for technical officials and policy makers in governments who plan to draft or revise a GIF to ensure e-government interoperability among national government agencies. It is a comprehensive guide giving details on the approaches and principles of a GIF, and the standards categories and selection processes. It provides a step-by-step guide to developing and revising a GIF, illustrated with relevant case studies. This Guide also provides guidance on operationalizing the GIF, examining key issues related to implementation, compliance, enforcement and capacity development.

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e-Government Interoperability: A Review of Government Interoperability Frameworks in Selected Countries

e-Government Interoperability: A Review of Government Interoperability Frameworks in Selected Countries

The Review provides a comparative analysis of eight existing GIFs of Australia, Brazil, Denmark, the European Union, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It serves as a useful resource for government officials, the corporate sector and civil society involved in the development or revision of a GIF. This Review focuses on how GIFs in different countries were developed, the principles that animate them, the technical standards they mandated and/or recommend, the way these GIFs are managed, and the implementation and compliance mechanisms they established.

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APDIP e-Note 22 - e-Health Tools for the Asia-Pacific Region

APDIP e-Note 22 - e-Health Tools for the Asia-Pacific Region

This APDIP e-Note provides an overview of the benefits and challenges of some of the most used e-Health tools. Important lessons learned in e-Health in the Asia-Pacific region are highlighted through three case studies from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. The APDIP e-Note also examines different approaches to e-Health, such as the use of free and open source software (FOSS) and the relationship between e-Health and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Finally, considerations for policy makers are discussed.

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High Impact, Pro-Poor e-Governance Applications: Identifying 'Killer Applications' and Best Practice Models of e-Governance through Community e-Centers in the Philippines

The purpose of the study is to find a way to identify services that genuinely make a difference to people in their interactions with Governments. The expected outcome is increased impact and utilization of e-governance and e-government services in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific over the longer term. This study is a collaboration between the Commission of ICT in the Philippines, UNDP Philippines and UNDP-APDIP.

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APDIP e-Note 21 - Identifying 'Killer' e-Governance Applications for Telecentres: Lessons from the Philippines

APDIP e-Note 21 - Identifying 'Killer' e-Governance Applications for Telecentres: Lessons from the Philippines

This APDIP e-Note describes a methodology to identify ‘killer’ applications and models of e-governance that may be suitable for deployment and wide-scale replication in telecentres throughout the Philippines. The same methodology can be used to guide other telecentres around the world.

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ICT for Disaster Management

ICT for Disaster Management

This e-primer introduces policy makers and development practitioners to the application of different information and communication technologies (ICTs) in disaster management, with case studies from the Asia-Pacific region.

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APDIP e-Note 20 - Government Interoperability Frameworks in an Open Standards Environment: A comparative review

APDIP e-Note 20 - Government Interoperability Frameworks in an Open Standards Environment: A comparative review

This APDIP e-Note intends to give a brief introduction to government interoperability frameworks (GIFs), explain how they are classified and provide details of their common features. It also discusses the importance of open standards in GIFs and why governments should consider open standards seriously when designing or evaluating their GIFs.

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APDIP e-Note 19 - Telecentre Technology: The application of free and open source software

APDIP e-Note 19 - Telecentre Technology: The application of free and open source software

The affordability of FOSS and its openness to modification and localization is contributing to the sustainbility of telecentres, and more broadly, to empowered communities and poverty reduction. This APDIP e-Note explores the benefits of using FOSS applications in telecentres with case studies from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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APDIP e-Note 18 - Standards for Electronic Documents

APDIP e-Note 18 - Standards for Electronic Documents

This APDIP e-Note provides a brief introduction to the history of document standards, explores the different standards for electronic documents and details the development of OpenDocument Format for Office Applications (ODF). It also looks at how governments worldwide have started to adopt ODF in public administration.

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Small and Medium Enterprises and ICT

Small and Medium Enterprises and ICT

This e-primer looks at how the knowledge-based economy has impacted small and medium enterprises (SMEs); explores why so few SMEs have adopted information and communications technology (ICT) and why SMEs should adopt ICT; and provides some policy recommendations for promoting SME adoption of ICT.

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APDIP e-Note 17 - ICT Skill Development in the Asia-Pacific Region - Part two: Bridging the gap between demand and supply

APDIP e-Note 17 - ICT Skill Development in the Asia-Pacific Region - Part two: Bridging the gap between demand and supply

This APDIP e-Note is the second in the series on information and communications technology (ICT) skill development in the Asia-Pacific region. While the first part examined the gaps between demand and supply of ICT skills, this APDIP e-Note focuses on what could be done to bridge the identified gaps at national and regional levels.

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FOSS: Open Content

FOSS: Open Content

This e-primer introduces the idea of Open Content by placing it in a larger historical context of copyright's relation to the public domain. It focuses on implications for policy makers thinking about information policies, and the advantages that the Open Content model may offer, especially for developing countries.

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APDIP e-Note 16 - ICT in Disaster Management

APDIP e-Note 16 - ICT in Disaster Management

This APDIP e-Note looks at how information and communications technology (ICT) is being used in disaster management and it provides a broad overview of the role ICT plays in the disaster management process. It examines the interplay between different ICT media and the stakeholders involved in all phases of disaster management. It also outlines why it is essential to give ICT its due place in disaster management.

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APDIP e-Note 15 - Telecentre sustainability: Financing ICTs for the poor

APDIP e-Note 15 - Telecentre sustainability: Financing ICTs for the poor

In spite of their promising development opportunities, telecentres have also been met with criticism, especially for not being sustainable. In response to this criticism this APDIP e-Note examines different ownership and financing models for telecentres, emphasizing the balance between subsidy and revenue. It examines how these models can assist in ensuring long-term financial sustainability and how both the private sector and civil society can be mutually involved in this process.

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APDIP e-Note 14 - Telecentre 2.0: Beyond piloting telecentres

APDIP e-Note 14 - Telecentre 2.0: Beyond piloting telecentres

This APDIP e-Note argues that with telecentres now being part of national roll-out programmes in many countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, a second generation of telecentres is evolving. Telecentre 2.0. is a general model that does away with further piloting of telecentres as a development mechanism. This APDIP e-Note outlines how the Telecentre 2.0 model can help countries that do not have established telecentres on a country-wide basis in doing so by drawing on previous and well-documented experiences from other countries.

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Gender and ICT

Gender and ICT

This e-Primer looks at information and communications technology (ICT) for development through a gender lens. It provides a gender perspectives to issues of ICT policies; access and control; education, training and skill development; and content development, and introduces a framework to integrate gender in ICT for development and empower women.

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APDIP e-Note 13 - ICT Skill Development in the Asia-Pacific Region - Part one: the gap between demand and supply

APDIP e-Note 13 - ICT Skill Development in the Asia-Pacific Region - Part one: the gap between demand and supply

The Asia-Pacific region are major producers and users of information and communication technologies (ICTs). There are, however, significant gap between the demand and supply of ICT professionals. As a first in the series of two complementing APDIP e-Notes, this APDIP e-Note discusses the dynamics creating the demand/supply imbalance. At a strategic level, it explores ways to achieve a balance and make recommendations on actions that policy makers can take to increase the existing ICT skill supply.

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FOSS: Network Infrastructure and Security

FOSS: Network Infrastructure and Security

This e-primer introduces readers to the network concepts and architectures, and the major networking functions with free/open source software (FOSS). It also discusses network security functions with FOSS, including security best practices and to-do's. The e-primer ends with useful tips on network planning, design and development.

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APDIP e-Note 12 - The Role of Governments in Promoting ICT Access and Use by SMEs: Considerations for Public Policy

APDIP e-Note 12 - The Role of Governments in Promoting ICT Access and Use by SMEs: Considerations for Public Policy

This APDIP e-Note provides an overview of the policy considerations that are needed to promote information and communications technology (ICT) usage among SMEs. It discusses critical components for a comprehensive policy and legislative strategy that would address the various policy, legal, market, technical and social considerations needed in order to create conditions conductive for encouraging ICT-enabled SMEs.

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APDIP e-Note 11 - Pro-Poor Public Service Delivery with ICTs: Making local e-governance work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals

APDIP e-Note 11 - Pro-Poor Public Service Delivery with ICTs: Making local e-governance work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals

This APDIP e-Note introduces the concept of pro-poor e-governance; gives two examples of e-governance projects targeted at poor and vulnerable groups; and provides a comprehensive approach to pro-poor e-governance comprised of seven building blocks.

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Exploring New Modalities: Experiences with Information and Communications Technology Interventions in the Asia-Pacific Region - A Review and Analysis of the Pan-Asia ICT R&D Grants Programme

Exploring New Modalities: Experiences with Information and Communications Technology Interventions in the Asia-Pacific Region - A Review and Analysis of the Pan-Asia ICT R&D Grants Programme

The Pan-Asia ICT R&D Grants Programme for Asia-Pacific is directed at encouraging original and innovative information and communications technology solutions to development problems. This publication reviews and analyzes 56 projects from 14 different countries funded by the Programme between 2002-2005. Projects are focused on access to information and communication; capacity building and education; policy and social research; technical innovation; environment and agriculture; and health and medicine.

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Empowering the Poor: Information and Communications Technology for Governance and Poverty Reduction - A Study of Rural Development Projects in India

Empowering the Poor: Information and Communications Technology for Governance and Poverty Reduction - A Study of Rural Development Projects in India

This publication systematically analyzes 18 projects in India that uses information and communications technology (ICT) for the benefit of poor people, and provides recommendations on how ICT can be applied to the massive, widespread and seemingly intractable problems of poverty. The publication also ranks the projects by their relevance, service delivery, community participation and empowerment, equality in decision-making and benefits, sustainability, replicability and their prospects for being scaled-up.

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Gender in the information Society: Emerging issues

Gender in the information Society: Emerging issues

This publication is a collection of 13 papers developed for a pre-World Summit on the Information Society seminar, developed in partnership with UNIFEM and IT for Change. It showcases perspectives that critique the engagement with new technologies in various development sectors such as the media, work and economy and governance. An edited video of the seminar was also produced.

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Breaking Barriers: The Potential of Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Human Development - A Compilation of Case Studies from Across the World

Breaking Barriers: The Potential of Free and Open Source Software for Sustainable Human Development - A Compilation of Case Studies from Across the World

This publication includes a compilation of 14 case studies on the successful deployment of free and open source software (FOSS) in select projects from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. In each case study, the reason for choosing to use FOSS together with the development, implementation and impact of the FOSS applications are discussed. The benefits obtained and challenges encountered, as well as any valuable lessons learned are also highlighted.

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APDIP e-Note 9 - Internationalized Domain Names

APDIP e-Note 9 - Internationalized Domain Names

This APDIP e-Note examines how Internationalized Domain Names relate to cultural diversity and the basic human right to communicate in one's own language on the Internet. While the bulk of the content on the Internet has been in English, this is increasingly changing. This APDIP e-Note discusses the ongoing debate of whether to continue with the existing system or allow users to navigate the Internet using a range of scripts.

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FOSS: Licensing

FOSS: Licensing

This e-primer examines different proprietary and free/open source software (FOSS) licenses that use copyright law to regulate the use of software, and discusses how the FOSS movement uses licenses as a way to create a different model of software development. It provides scenarios to highlight possible copyright issues regarding the use of FOSS by end-users, developers and vendors.

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Empowering Parliaments through the Use of ICTs

Empowering Parliaments through the Use of ICTs

e-Parliament is an emerging area of work in developing countries, and is thus still in its infancy when compared to national ICT for Development strategies, e-government or e-commerce. Not surprisingly, there are few studies on the subject, few comparative experiences and human resources are limited. The study has developed an analytical framework that focuses on the three core functions of Parliaments - legislation, representation and oversight - and establishes links between them. The study provides concrete examples of the importance of ICTs for the empowerment and increased credibility of parliamentary institutions.

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e-Sri Lanka: An Integrated Approach to e-Government Case Study

e-Sri Lanka is a roadmap with the objective of harnessing ICTs towards achieving socio-economic development in the country. It is comprised of six core programmes: Re-Engineering Government, e-Society, ICT Policy, Leadership and Capacity Building, Information Infrastructure, and ICT Investment and Private Sector Development. This case study provides some background information, the implementation process, the impact and the lessons learnt from the e-Sri Lanka initiative.

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APDIP e-Note 8 - Fighting Corruption with e-Government Applications

APDIP e-Note 8 - Fighting Corruption with e-Government Applications

This APDIP e-Note looks at how e-government can help fight corruption; gives two well-known examples from the Republic of Korea and India where e-government has successfully helped to fight corruption; and discusses the challenges in designing and implementing similar programmes.

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FOSS: Open Standards

FOSS: Open Standards

This e-primer introduces readers to what open standards are and why they are important. It explains the standard-setting processes and provides examples of open standards policies, initiatives and formats. It also addresses the challenges faced in implementing open standards.

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APDIP e-Note 7 - Open Technologies: Catalyst for transformation

APDIP e-Note 7 - Open Technologies: Catalyst for transformation

An information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem includes not only the hardware and software but also the policies, processes, applications, partnerships and stakeholders that together make up the technology environment for a country, government or organization. This APDIP e-Note explains the value of open ICT ecosystems and elaborates on their principles and building blocks in simple terms.

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Internet Governance: Asia-Pacific perspectives

Internet Governance: Asia-Pacific perspectives

This publication provides an overview of the key debates on Internet governance. It presents the work of the Open Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance, an APDIP initiative that has collected perspectives from regional experts and end users.

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e-Government in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Assessment of Issues and Strategies

This paper discusses e-government issues and strategies in the Asia-Pacific context with a number of case studies to show some good practices and lessons learned.

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Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

The 2005/2006 edition of the Digital Review offers comprehensive reports and useful analyses of how 29 economies/countries are using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in business, government and civil society. In addition, there are three sub-regional chapters on APEC, ASEAN and the Pacific Island Countries, and four thematic chapters. A CD-ROM of the Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004 is included in the hardcopy of the publication.

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APDIP e-Note 6 – ICTs for Poverty Reduction: Necessary but insufficient

APDIP e-Note 6 – ICTs for Poverty Reduction: Necessary but insufficient

This APDIP e-Note summarizes an analysis of select reports since 2002 that highlight the use of information and communications technology (ICT) for poverty reduction. It looks at the conditions required for making ICTs effective anti-poverty tools and notes the gaps in current research and reporting.

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Internet Governance DVD

Internet Governance DVD

The DVD is a self-learning multimedia package on Internet Governance. Inside, there is a 46-minute film, an Internet governance course and Internet governance resources.

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ICT for Poverty Reduction: Necessary but insufficient - a state-of-the-art review

This paper provides a detailed analysis of 21 papers and reports since 2002 that highlight the use of ICT for poverty reduction in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Internet Governance: A Primer

Internet Governance: A Primer

This e-primer offers an overview of Internet governance, discussing its history, the issues at stake and the various actors involved. It shows how governance decisions can have social and economic ramifications, and it suggests steps that can be taken to enhance developing country participation in Internet governance.

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ICT Policy Formulation and e-Strategy Development: A comprehensive guidebook

ICT Policy Formulation and e-Strategy Development: A comprehensive guidebook

This publication serves as a guidebook for policy makers and planners of Asia-Pacific countries to prepare national policies and strategies on information and communications technology (ICT) for development. It focuses on steps taken in developing ICT policies, including appropriate e-readiness assessment, participatory methodologies, and visioning exercises.

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APDIP e-Note 5 – Building Online Communities of Practice: The International Open Source Network Model

APDIP e-Note 5 – Building Online Communities of Practice: The International Open Source Network Model

This APDIP e-Note discusses the approaches, tools and technologies used by the International Open Source Network to build a participatory, sustainable and ever-expanding community of practice around issues related to free/open source software, open content and open standards.

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Digital Dividend: A televised debate for BBC World TV

Digital Dividend: A televised debate for BBC World TV

A televised debate on the emerging agenda for the second World Summit on the Information Society (WSISII) was staged on 30 September 2005 at the International Telecommunication Union Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. An invited audience of 50 information and communications technology (ICT) movers and shakers fired questions at a distinguished panel of experts. The debate was broadcast four times on BBC World TV on 22-23 October 2005 in advance of WSISII and on Eurovision on 14 November 2005.

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APDIP e-Note 4 - Why Should Countries Embed ICT into SME Policy?

APDIP e-Note 4 - Why Should Countries Embed ICT into SME Policy?

This APDIP e-Note illustrates the benefits that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can have for small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) and shows why countries should be proactive in embedding ICTs into SME policy.

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APDIP e-Note 3 - The Key to Increasing Transparency in e-Government Deployments: Public feedback mechanisms

APDIP e-Note 3 - The Key to Increasing Transparency in e-Government Deployments: Public feedback mechanisms

Public feedback mechanisms (PFMs) are an important subset of two-way interactions in e-government initiatives because they help ensure transparency and accountability. This APDIP e-Note explores what are PFMs, how they are implemented (with examples from the Republic of Korea and Singapore), and what are the benefits and challenges of implementing them.

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APDIP e-Note 2 - Do Governments Actually Believe that ICT Can Help Alleviate Poverty? A perspective from Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

APDIP e-Note 2 - Do Governments Actually Believe that ICT Can Help Alleviate Poverty? A perspective from Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers

This APDIP e-Note examines the treatment of information and communication technologies in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) of Asia-Pacific countries. PRSPs serve as a good starting point because they direct the focus of World Bank and International Monetary Fund concessional lending.

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FOSS: Localization

FOSS: Localization

This e-primer gives a general introduction to localization, its benefits and some current localization efforts. It provides details of what is involved technically in localizing software and the standards involved. It also discusses what governments can do to encourage localization efforts and how technical individuals can get involved.

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Gender Perspectives on the Information Society

Gender Perspectives on the Information Society

The video provides snapshots of the critical issues discussed at the Gender Perspectives on the Information Society: South Asia Pre-WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) Seminar. This seminar took place in Bangalore on 18-19 April 2005. It was organized by IT for Change in partnership with Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era and Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, with support from UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme and UNIFEM.

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Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals

Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals

The report’s unique approach lies in its use of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to measure and monitor the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on human development. The report examines country-specific experiences in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam, and provides cross-country comparisons on the use of ICTs to achieve the MDGs.

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National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - India

National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - India

This country report reviews and assesses progress made in India in drafting and implementing its national e-policies and e-strategies towards meeting its national development goals and the Millennium Development Goals.

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Information and Communication Technologies for Poverty Alleviation

Information and Communication Technologies for Poverty Alleviation

This e-primer provides case studies and lessons learned on the use of information and communication technologies in poverty alleviation programmes and projects. A poverty alleviation framework is presented as a guide to analyze the impact of the case studies.

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National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Sri Lanka

National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Sri Lanka

This country report analyzes the past accomplishments, current trends and future potential of information and communications technology (ICT) in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals in Sri Lanka. It is based on a survey of Sri Lanka’s ICT initiatives and consultations with key stakeholders active in the development of ICT policies.

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ICT Policies and e-Strategies in the Asia-Pacific: A critical assessment of the way forward

ICT Policies and e-Strategies in the Asia-Pacific: A critical assessment of the way forward

This publication reviews and analyzes information and communications technology (ICT) policies and strategies presently implemented by countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides the fundamentals of policy formulation and the development process, and thematic priority areas to be addressed in the conceptualization and development of policies.

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Technical Paper – ICT and Human Development: Towards building a composite index for Asia

Technical Paper – ICT and Human Development: Towards building a composite index for Asia

This study examines the interdependency between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and human development, and identifies ICT indicators for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia 2004: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Summary

Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia 2004: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Summary

This summary document, with a foreword by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, presents the essence of a pioneering attempt to assess the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in human development in Asia. It captures the rich variety of ICT initiatives in nine Asian countries (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam) and draws lessons for identifying policy directions.

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Information and Communications Technology for Development: A Sourcebook for Parliamentarians

Information and Communications Technology for Development: A Sourcebook for Parliamentarians

This Sourcebook, intended for parliamentarians, provides a broad overview of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their use as powerful tools to accelerate social and economic development. Examples from the Asia-Pacific region are provided to demonstrate how different stakeholders have successfully applied ICTs to development.

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FOSS: Government Policy

FOSS: Government Policy

This e-primer examines the issues related to government policies on free/open source software (FOSS). It focuses on the motivations behind various FOSS policies in the world today, the process by which they are formulated, and suggests implementation strategies that can be utilized. Its target audience are the policy-makers who set national policies and their advisers.

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FOSS: Education

FOSS: Education

This e-primer covers the use of free/open source software (FOSS) from schools to universities. It provides a brief overview of how FOSS can help in setting up the information technology (IT) infrastructure and administration of educational institutions. It considers software (mainly proprietary) that is now used as the basis for IT curricula and FOSS alternatives that are available.

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Review of the UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Programme Website

This study is an evaluation and review of the website component of the UNDP South East Asia HIV (SEAHIV) and Development Programme. The author begins by examining the context, mission and purpose. The performance of the website is then assessed, focusing on the posting of documents and their downloading. And finally, the impact of the website is examined.

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FOSS: General Introduction

FOSS: General Introduction

This e-primer introduces free/open source software (FOSS), its philosophy, history, and the advantages and disadvantages of FOSS. It also contains a brief survey of FOSS initiatives in various countries around the world. It is meant as a basic introductory document that can be handed to a person when asked, "What is FOSS?"

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Digital Divide: BBC Earth Report Debate

Digital Divide: BBC Earth Report Debate

The BBC debate about bridging the digital divide was broadcast live from the ICT4D Platform at the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland on 11 December 2003. Questions were put forward to a distinguished panel representing governments, civil society and the private sector. The debate was broadcast four times on BBC World TV and BBC News 24 on 13-14 December 2003.

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Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004

The 2003/2004 edition of the Digital Review provides an authoritative overview of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being deployed across the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate socio-economic development. It covers 27 economies and a special chapter on the Pacific Islands Countries.

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ICT in Education

ICT in Education

This e-primer provides an overview of the potential benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education and the ways different ICTs have been used in education. It discusses the issues of effectiveness, cost, equity and sustainability, and the challenges of integrating ICTs in education.

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Genes, Technology and Policy

Genes, Technology and Policy

This e-primer discusses the science and policy issues surrounding the use of modern biotechnology. It provides a snapshot of the benefits of biotechnology, as well as concerns regarding its potential negative impact on the environment and on human health.

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Communicating for Change - Programmes One and Two

Communicating for Change - Programmes One and Two

This video contains ten stories from China, Dominican Republic, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Peru, Rwanda, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. The stories explore how information and communication technologies are working for the poor and bringing benefits to wider sectors of society. Communicating for Change builds on the success of the Television Trust for the Environment's (TVE’s) award-winning series - Earth Report: Hands On - that has reached millions of people worldwide.

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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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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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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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The Information Age

The Information Age

This e-primer provides a comprehensive review of the digital and information and communications technology revolutions and how they are changing the economy and society. The primer also addresses the challenges arising from the widening digital divide.

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