Briefing note on "Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders"

The Briefing Note Series aims to provide at-a-glance information of key ICTD issues for policymakers and to facilitate their understanding of the potential of ICT when formulating national development policies and programmes.This Briefing Note focuses on policy considerations drawn from the "Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders" Academy module.

Academy Module on Inclusive Digital Development

This module introduces inclusive digital development in an effort to raise awareness among government officials on issues related to this concept. It also explores the benefits and challenges associated with digital society, digital economy and digital policies. The module aims to help policymakers and senior civil servants identify the policies and programs needed to design, develop, and implement an inclusive digital development strategy. 

Academy Module on Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders

The Academy Module on Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders aims to provide the technological overview and considerations, potential policy recommendations, and international cooperation agenda for the adoption of Frontier ICTs for digital leaders in developing countries to unlock the full potential of Frontier ICTs. In this prospect, the entire module consists of an overview of Frontier ICTs and three submodules. In the future, new submodules can be added as needed to cover new emerging technologies.

Academy Module on ICT Project Management Theory and Application for Digital Transformation and Sustainable Development

This module explores ICT project management and the theories and practices to deliver digital transformation for sustainable development outcomes. It introduces the international standards, bodies of knowledge and principles in project management to support organizations in the successful initiation, planning, implementation, monitoring and closing of projects that aim to strategically leverage ICTs to achieve Agenda 2030. The module provides guidance on tailoring the project management methodology to match the operational context and complexity of a project.

Academy Module on "Cross-Sectoral Infrastructure Sharing for Broadband"

The Academy module on "Cross-Sectoral Infrastructure Sharing for Broadband" aims to foster a better understanding and appreciation of cross-sectoral infrastructure sharing that supports broadband connectivity to reach the unconnected. It introduces the concept of cross-sectoral infrastructure sharing and how suitable strategies can be leveraged to expand the reach of broadband connectivity to the unserved and underserved living in rural and remote parts of the world.

Academy Module on "Digital Government and Transformation"

The last two decades have seen a rapid societal transformation in the way information is processed and consumed. Digital technologies are now playing a catalyzing role in the digitization of services to citizens and are being used in multiple functions across Governments. This module provides an overview of how digital technologies can be used to improve the quality of governance and, in turn, contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

ICT Trends

This publication aims to provide timely and relevant information on the major ICT trends and the implications of these trends. It serves as a knowledge resource for policymakers and government officials in Asia and the Pacific to increase their awareness and appreciation for the continuously evolving ICT landscape. It intends to present a broad understanding of how new and emerging ICT trends could be utilized to support sustainable and inclusive development.

Combating COVID-19 with ICT: Effective Practices and Policies in the Asia-Pacific Region

This paper highlights some of the major and effective ICT innovations and practices in dealing with COVID-19 in the following sectors: Healthcare, Communication with Communities, Education, Business, and Infrastructure. COVID-19 related ICT-centered interventions or trends are categorized using a newly introduced multi-dimensional evaluation framework, the 4 A-I model, which focuses on the awareness, availability, accessibility and affordability of digital technologies.