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The e-Collaborative Hub or E-Co Hub is a single-entry online gateway for policy makers, trainers and practitioners to easily access and search for relevant knowledge resources on different aspects of ICT for development (ICTD). There is also a collaborative workspace to discuss views, share ideas and collaborate on projects related to ICTD.

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The New Physics of Financial Services

The New Physics of Financial Services

Financial institutions around the world are making large-scale investments in AI, while governments and regulators seek to grapple with the significant uncertainties and growing public trepidation as AI becomes central to the fabric of institutions and markets. The World Economic Forum has a successful track record of providing detailed multi stakeholder analysis of the changing landscape of the financial ecosystem, particularly through our Future of Financial Services series. It was clear that a similar approach could cut through the sensationalism surrounding AI to provide valuable insights for the private sector and policy-makers alike. This document helps people make informed decisions about how to interpret the evolving role of AI in financial services and navigate the turbulent changes on the horizon.

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Postal Savings: Reaching Everyone in Asia

Postal Savings: Reaching Everyone in Asia

Postal networks do much to improve people’s access to bank accounts in a digitally connected 21st century. The book explains the benefits and needs of postal financial inclusion in Asia; presents strategies of postal financial inclusion, ranging from a simple model of postal savings to full-fledged banking services; assesses national regulations needed to expand postal financial inclusion; studies the challenges and opportunities arising from new technologies; and derives policy recommendations that will promote postal financial inclusion.

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Maximising availability of international connectivity in developing countries: Strategies to ensure global digital inclusion

Maximising availability of international connectivity in developing countries: Strategies to ensure global digital inclusion

This report aims to build awareness of the challenges and strategies for improving international connectivity, and to consider some potential options for promoting increased local, regional and global collaboration to further this objective. In this respect, the report aims to inform the international development community as well as national policy makers, industry and civil society groups.

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Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste

Handbook for the development of a policy framework on ICT/e-waste

This Handbook provides guidance on the key aspects to be taken into account when designing, implementing and improving a legal, regulatory and policy framework on ICT/e-waste. The proposed framework is intended to facilitate the management of ICT/e-waste based on the concepts of sustainable development, green ICT and the circular economy. It is structured in four phases – planning, implementation, monitoring and review.

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Cyber Resilience: Playbook for Public-Private Collaboration

Cyber Resilience: Playbook for Public-Private Collaboration

Cyber Resilience: Playbook for Public-Private Collaboration helps leaders develop a baseline understanding of the key issues and policy positions relating to cybersecurity and resilience. In connecting norms and values to policy, the report encourages all actors to move past absolute and rigid positions towards more action-oriented discussions, and presents the implications of policy choices on five key values: security, privacy, economic value, accountability and fairness.

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Closing the Gender Gap: Opportunities for the Women’s Mobile Financial Services Market in Bangladesh

Closing the Gender Gap: Opportunities for the Women’s Mobile Financial Services Market in Bangladesh

The report highlight the opportunities, problems, and challenges related to the financial inclusion of women through MFS adoption in Bangladesh. The data in this report was collected through a nationally representative survey of 2,000 female mobile financial services (MFS) users and 2,000 female non-users across the country.

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Asian Development Bank Outlook 2018: How Technology Affects Jobs

Asian Development Bank Outlook 2018: How Technology Affects Jobs

This year’s publication draws attention to opportunities and concerns presented by new technologies in the workplace. The application of new technologies will boost productivity, but at the same time it will displace certain types of jobs. Evidence shows, however, that rising demand and higher output will create jobs, outweighing job displacement, especially with the addition of new occupations and industries that will arise to meet the new needs of producers and consumers. This transition will require a skilled workforce and could put the less-skilled at a disadvantage. The challenge for governments is to ensure that workers are equipped with foundational skills to enable lifelong learning and have the specialized skills required for working with new technologies.

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ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation 2017

ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation 2017

The book, written by leading scholars and experts from around the world, aims to address the challenges and opportunities offered by ICTs in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth.This book offers a fresh and realistic assessment of the social and economic implications of ICTs for SDGs, and to offer practical guidance on how best to ensure ICTs further progress toward the SDGs.

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Innovative Strategies for Accelerated Human Resource Development in South Asia: Information and Communication Technology for Education—Special Focus on Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

Innovative Strategies for Accelerated Human Resource Development in South Asia: Information and Communication Technology for Education—Special Focus on Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

This paper examines the existing state and gaps of ICT in education in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and suggests strategies to address these gaps. Information and communication technology (ICT) has the potential to revolutionize education equity, quality, and efficiency. South Asia’s governments have recognized this potential and invested in ICT-focused education initiatives and projects. While these efforts helped to introduce ICT-enabled teaching and learning practices, they may not be sufficient for widespread sustainable adoption within their countries. The stage of implementation and impact of investments also vary significantly from country to country in South Asia.

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ICT for better education in the Pacific

ICT for better education in the Pacific

This report takes a high-level look at how ICT has been incorporated into the education sector in the Pacific region, and provides recommendations on focal areas to drive further progress. It examines key opportunities for harnessing ICT to improve education outcomes and build the region’s most valuable resource—its human capital.

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