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.

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Climate change, green recovery and trade (2021)

The role of the state in the economy is being altered in practice because of the rescue and recovery programmes in the midst of Covid-19. These programmes are extraordinary in scale and in scope and could prove decisive for the world’s low-carbon transition. In the past, government intervention has already proved transformative, creating entirely new markets, including for the internet, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and clean energy.

Towards an Inclusive, SDG-Aligned Governance of Global FinTech Platforms (2021)

During its investigations, the UN Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs recognized that digitalization is not only reshaping the world of finance; it is also driving the emergence of a new generation of global, dominant digital finance platforms (BigFintechs) with increasing cross-border spillover effects on many areas of sustainable development across the world, particularly in developing economies.

Aligning development co-operation to the SDGs in small island developing states (2021)

This case study explores whether the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be used as a shared framework for results by development co-operation actors in Samoa. The study offers an introduction to Samoa’s progress in mainstreaming the SDGs in national policy making, as well as in monitoring the SDG targets and indicators.

Harnessing Information and Communications Technologies for gender equality in Europe and Central Asia (2021)

This paper analyses the gender gaps in access to ICT-related opportunities, with a focus on Europe and Central Asia. It argues that achieving gender equality in ICT policies means going further than investing in women and closing gender gaps. It requires efforts at institutional and policy levels to harness ICTs to serve the goals of equality and justice and ensure that the benefits of data and digitally driven change accrue equally to all.

Digitally empowered Generation Equality: Women, girls and ICT in the context of COVID-19 in selected Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries (2021)

This report is the result of the collaborative efforts of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women). It focuses on actionable recommendations to stakeholders when it comes to women and girls using, studying and working in digital technology in five Western Balkan States (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) and three Eastern Partnership countries (Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova).

Economic policies and methods of determining the costs of services related to national telecommunication/ICT networks (2021)

Corruption poses a significant threat to economies around the world. It weakens institutions, erodes public trust, undermines fair competition, and discourages investment. The COVID-19 health crisis has further exposed the vulnerability of procurement systems to corrupt practices when they are not equipped with the necessary tools to ensure transparency, accountability, and integrity throughout the procurement cycle.

Powering a Learning Society During an Age of Disruption (2021)

Written by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers, the book’s 21 chapters emphasize that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic provides an opportunity to build education systems that are stronger and more equitable. The book discusses closing the digital gap, improving learning assessment, financing technological innovations, providing students with access to hardware, and ensuring teachers and students know how to maximize the technology.

The Value of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Power Utilities in Developing Asia (2021)

UAS technologies such as drones are increasingly being used to automate the planning, building, and maintenance of energy facilities around the world. The effectiveness of UAS and digital technologies are transforming energy sector operations to be faster, safer, and more cost-efficient. This working paper introduces UAS and discusses the latest technological developments, current applications, and potential for adoption in ADB’s developing member countries.

Harnessing Blockchain for Sustainable Development: Prospects and Challenges (2021)

In an increasingly digitalized economy and society, the security and accountability of data transactions are critical elements for creating trust and enabling breakthrough innovations in the digital world. In this regard, blockchain technology could be a game-changer, with the potential to revolutionize processes from finance to pharmaceutical industries, from government public services to humanitarian work and development aid. The blockchain serves as the base technology for cryptocurrency, enabling open (peer-to-peer), secure and fast transactions.

Commodities & Development Report 2021: Escaping from the Commodity Dependence Trap through Technology and Innovation (2021)

The Commodities and Development Report 2021: Escaping from the Commodity Dependence Trap through Technology and Innovation starts by exploring the extent to which commodity dependent developing countries are trapped into commodity dependence and, as a result, how their economic structures are weakened by this situation. What the role of technology could be in helping commodity dependent developing countries to diversify their economies and escape from the commodity dependence trap is then analyzed.