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ICT4D Policy Resources

What is ICT4D? Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) is about the use of  Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as tools and platforms for Development - Social, Educational and Commercial. It's about the ICT policy - what ICT policies should be formulated, implemented and measured to aid development? The ICT4D Policy resource has been provided for planning, research and evaluation purposes  


As our contribution to the emergent Information Society we hope you find this resource useful in providing you information and knowledge, you require on ICT policies. The pervasiveness and importance of ICTs throughout the economy and society can't be ignored. ICT4D is about making ICT real and meaningful. How is the growing importance of knowledge reflected in meeting national goals? How can people move from being "passive passengers to active drivers". Is ICT working for some or for all? How can business and ICT eliminate poverty? ICT is growing but is it reflecting in development? How can the ICT policy challenges be addressed at both national and international levels, and in all sectors? How will ICT best be used to address innovation, entrepreneurship, development problems/strategies and the digital divide? 

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ICT4D or just ICT? ICT has so much promise, it's time to deliver! This guide aims to provide information on various bodies that contribute to ICT policy making at all levels. The ultimate goal is to help by providing a variety of information on ICT Policies in one convenient location.

>>Nigeria: ICT4D Annual Review 2007




Global & Regional ICT Policy Resources >>

  • United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force

UN body set up to deal with the "digital divide" worldwide.

  • The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

The WSIS is held in two phases. The first phase of WSIS took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003, where 175 countries adopted a Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action. The second phase took place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005.

  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU)

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the ITU is an international organization within the United Nations System where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services.

Telecommunication Development (ITU-D)

Telecommunication Standardization (ITU-T)

Radiocommunication (ITU-R)

  • Global Tech Forum

(), one of The Economist Intelligence Unit's websites designed to provide information and analysis for developing business strategies for the global digital economy. The Global Technology Forum is also the home of the respected E-business readiness rankings. 



  • United Nations Millennium Development goals

Millennium Indicators Database
The Millennium Indicators Database shows the latest available data as of April 2005.  Goals, targets and indicators
A framework of 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development goals was adopted by a consensus of experts from the United Nations Secretariat and IMF, OECD and the World Bank.

By the year 2015, all 191 United Nations Member states have pledged to meet these goals

Information and Communication Technologies and the Millennium Development Goals

  • The World Bank's e-government website

This site focuses on e-government in developing countries.

  • World Bank's ICT Group

the World Bank Groupís core department for investment, policy, and programs related to information and communication technologies

  • Internet Corporation of Assigned Numbers and Names (ICANN)

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the non-profit corporation that was formed to assume responsibility for the IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management

  • The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO is an international organization dedicated to helping to ensure that the rights of creators and owners of intellectual property are protected worldwide and that inventors and authors are, thus, recognized and rewarded for their ingenuity.

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

UNCTAD is the focal point within the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and the interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development. Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development (DITE)

The UNCTAD Electronic Commerce Branch (ECB) carries out policy-oriented analytical work on the implications for developing countries of the adoption of e-commerce and Internet technologies.

  • Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

ECA-DISD-Promoting ICTs for Development

ICT4D in Africa - " Information and knowledge have increasingly become essential resources and raw materials in the global networked economy. Africa can exploit these technologies to become fully integrated into the global economy and accelerate socio-economic development". UNECA's ICT Team is primarily responsible for implementing the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) and develops practical strategies and programs that will help lead Africa towards the realization of digital inclusion.

National Information and Communication Infrastructures (NICI) in Africa

Science with Africa Conference organized by Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC)

Discussion List on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Development in Africa e-discussion group on science, technology and innovation for development in Africa, set up by UNECA. It is a follow-up to the 2007 AU Summit on S&T
and the 2008 SwA Conference.

  • TakingITGlobal

ICT4D and the youth - TakingITGlobal facilitates youth involvement in (mostly global) policy processes and dialogues, including laying the groundwork (making the case for youth involvement and building and connecting a movement of youth around the issue), providing secretariat support for youth participation (helping with logistics, research or preparation of background information), and liaison with global institutions.


>>Nigeria: ICT4D Annual Review 2007

The Information Society and Nigeria

Invitation to Participate in the Information Society and Nigeria

(Click Here to take part in a survey on Nigeria's ICT policy).

ICT Policy for Development  

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