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.
Co-produced by UNICEF and ITU, this report reveals that not only does the lack of connectivity limit children and young people’s ability to connect online, but it prevents them from competing in the modern economy and isolates them from the world. In addition, in the event of school closures, such as those currently experienced by millions due to COVID-19, it causes them to trail behind in education. In other words, the Lack of internet access is costing the next generation their futures.
This report indicates that the digital gender divide is blocking women from becoming equal stakeholders in society, putting entire communities at greater risk during emergencies. It also highlights the importance of advancing gender equality in disaster risk management, and leveraging context-appropriate information and communication technologies (ICTs) which are critical to deliver essential information to the most vulnerable of communities in a timely manner, before, during and after disasters strike.
Financial innovation in the form of new delivery channels, products, and providers has helped push out the frontier of access to finance and thus increase the bankable and banked population. Mobile money and crowdfunding platforms are prime examples for this. The same financial innovation has also blurred the regulatory boundaries of the financial system, with non-banks, including telecom companies and BigTechs such as Alibaba and Tencent, taking to offering financial services and increasingly moving into the financial inter-mediation business.
The report looks at three areas: i) access to data through earth observation technology, street-level imagery, connected devices and volunteered geographical information; (ii) capacity to process and analyze data through cloud computing and big data analytical techniques, such as artificial intelligence; and (iii) capacity to transmit risk and risk management information given the proliferation of internet and mobile access and improvements in broadband and data speeds.
Technological changes observed in recent years, particularly driven by the rapid development of information and communications technologies(ICTs), offer the potential to transform economies and improve the living standards of many people. Furthermore, they have strong potential to disrupt productive sectors and markets, including through technological convergence and recombination. This study explores ways in which digital skills can be developed and harnessed to support sustainable development.
Social media applications have been the subject of much study and analysis, yet the scope and impact remain difficult to understand. As part of a fast growing and quickly changing Internet ecosystem, these applications have been used by billions of people across the globe. With such high use rates, the potential for beneficial impact on economic growth and social development is significant.
Remote learning, distance education and online learning during the COVID19 pandemic: A Resource List by the World Bank’s EdTech Team (2020)
The guideline lists resources that can be used to support remote learning following the Coronavirus pandemic. The sources have prioritized solutions that are free (or freemium), offline friendly or are available in more than one language (especially beyond, English).
Remote Learning and COVID-19 The use of educational technologies at scale across an education system as a result of massive school closings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to enable distance education and online learning (2020)
This guideline provides knowledge-base about the use of educational technologies facing the Coronavirus pandemic. It offers high-level guidance and 'rules of thumb' for policymakers forced to make related decisions in fast moving challenging circumstances
This guidance note offers principles to maximize countries’ effectiveness in designing and executing remote learning.during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Report of the Partnership on Measuring Information and Communication Technology for Development (2019)
In this report, the Partnership on Measuring Information and Communication Technology for Development presents an overview of its recent work and provides an update of its thematic list of ICT indicators for monitoring progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.