ICTD InfoBank: A Knowledge Sharing Portal on ICTD for the Asia-Pacific region
The ICTD InfoBank has been designed and developed by APCICT as a place for online convergence of like-minded individuals and organizations working to strengthen capacities in the use of information and communications technology for development (ICTD) in the Asia-Pacific region. The ICTD InfoBank does not attempt to duplicate the work of other ICTD portals, it aims to provide easy access to relevant resources on ICTD. The resources available in the ICTD InfoBank aims to support trainers and educators in building ICTD capacity, and assist policy makers in making informed decisions.
Resources on the ICTD InfoBank include: publications, reports, journal, articles, working papers, training manuals, guidelines, case studies, video and audio files, and multimedia materials, as well as web portals with links to relevant resources, and blog sites. Users can browse these different types of resources by various topics (e.g. e-commerce, e-governance), by country, or by organization that have published these resources.
There has been increasing recognition of the critical role of digital innovation and technology for development (T4D) to UNICEF programming and accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals. With the global emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, digital development has become a core component of UNICEF’s work as national programmes shifted to distance and remote delivery means.
Technology is playing a growing role to provide education, training and employment, including in humanitarian and migration responses. By driving a shift to online work and training on an unprecedented scale, albeit not universally, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the use of digital technologies in programmes that support school-to-work transition, including solutions focused on youth who are FDPs, in host communities, or are otherwise vulnerable.
The 2020 edition of MLW, held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was devoted to the theme of Beyond Disruption: Technology Enabled Learning Futures. The three-day event focused on knowledge sharing on the use of technology to ensure learning continuity and quality, and to build resilient education systems against the backdrop of the COVID-19 education disruption.
SMEs make the most of the industrial fabric in many countries and regions, they create jobs (most jobs sometimes) and are the cement of inclusive and sustainable societies. The SME digital gap has increased inequalities among people, places and firms, and there are concerns that the benefits of the digital transformation could accrue to early adopters, further broadening these inequalities. Enabling SME digitalization has become a top policy priority in OECD countries and beyond.
This new report will contribute to reviewing and rethinking funds as a concept, exploring alternative models using a combination of monetary and non-monetary contributions and implementing innovative risk-mitigation mechanisms and financial solutions for smarter investments. It also provides guidance on the policy and regulatory frameworks needed to attract greater private sector participation in financing universal connectivity, access and uptake and explores business models for deploying supply and demand-side projects and initiatives in the digital era.
This Handbook explores options for provisions that could be used in future RTAs to better guide how trade could be conducted during future crises. It covers all the major rules areas in RTAs, including Essential Goods and Services, Trade Facilitation, SPS and TBT Measures, Intellectual Property Rights, Digital Trade, Transparency, and Development. The options for provisions include “baseline”, “baseline+”, and “discretionary” options, depending on the extent of obligations, protection, resilience and policy space provided by those provisions.
As the world learns to live with COVID-19, to emerge from the current crisis, and to “build back better”, UN Women will launch The Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice, a visionary but practical roadmap for putting gender equality, social justice, and sustainability at the center of the recovery. It will feed into UN Women’s Generation Equality Forum and Action Coalitions, aimed at accelerating commitment, action, and financing for gender equality.
Rethinking gender-responsive procurement: Enabling an ecosystem for women’s economic empowerment (2021)
This publication discusses ways to broaden the scope of gender-responsive procurement from a focus on only promoting women’s enterprises to also including gender-responsive enterprises. The publication aims to inspire a transformative conceptualization of gender-responsive procurement that supports both equal market opportunities for women’s enterprises and equal outcomes for women in the labor market and the business environment.
Access to telecommunication/ICT services by persons with disabilities and other persons with specific needs (2021)
Achieving the global commitment “that no one will be left behind”, as set out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, will be possible only if ICTs are available, accessible and affordable to all and, in particular, to the disadvantaged groups of society – persons with disabilities, persons with specific needs, including indigenous peoples and people living in rural areas, women and girls, youth and children, as well as older persons.
Towards building inclusive digital communities: ITU toolkit and self-assessment for ICT accessibility implementation (2021)
“Towards building inclusive digital communities”: ITU toolkit and self-assessment for ICT accessibility implementation has been developed to help ITU members and other stakeholders understand the “what, why and how” of ICT accessibility, and its role in building inclusive communities and societies.