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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.

"Information and communications technologies (ICTs) are changing the world by transforming societies and economies. To take advantage of the advancements and applications of ICT, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to deploy ICT to realize its transformational economic, social and environmental ambitions. ICT is an enabler for enhancing productivity, raising resilience and fostering greater civic engagement, while offering options for effective delivery of public services"

- Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

 

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eGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking stock of user-centric design and delivery of digital public services in Europe

eGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking stock of user-centric design and delivery of digital public services in Europe

This Insight Report presents the main highlights of the assessment of eGovernment services in 34 countries – the European Union Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey – referred to as EU28+ throughout this report. The assessment of these services covers the priority areas of the eGovernment Action Plan. Each priority area is measured by one or more.

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Digital Government Review of Colombia Towards a citizen-driven public sector

Digital Government Review of Colombia Towards a citizen-driven public sector

This review analyses the shift from e-government to digital government in Colombia. It looks at the governance framework for digital government, the use of digital platforms and open data to engage and collaborate with citizens, conditions for a data-driven public sector, and policy coherence in a context of significant regional disparities. It provides concrete policy recommendations on how digital technologies and data can be harnessed for citizen-driven policy making and public service delivery.

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GENDER AND ICTs: Mainstreaming Gender in the Use of ICTs for Agriculture and Rural Development

GENDER AND ICTs: Mainstreaming Gender in the Use of ICTs for Agriculture and Rural Development

The publication is the result of desk study, online fora on gender held in the framework of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice , and a review of projects and programmes conducted in regions of the world. While substantial progress has been made in making ICTs available and accessible for rural communities, challenges remain with respect to the following seven critical factors for success: content, capacity development, gender and diversity, access and participation, partnerships, technologies, and finally, economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This publication presents the challenges and the seven factors of success, followed by an overview of the general existing barriers to women’s access to, control and use of ICTs. Finally, it offers a series of recommendations for better integration of gender in ICT initiatives, based on gender mainstreaming throughout the seven critical factors of success, illustrated with concrete examples.

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Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

Strengthening Women’s Entrepreneurship in ASEAN

This report is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD. It is the result of a joint collaboration between the OECD and the ASEAN Coordinating Committee for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The opinions expressed and the arguments employed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views of neither OECD nor ASEAN member countries.

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Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier?

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier?

This report examines investment in artificial intelligence (AI), describe how it is being deployed by companies that have started to use these technologies across sectors, and aim to explore its potential to become a major business disrupter. This report also leverages the resources of McKinsey Analytics, a global practice that helps clients achieve better performance through data. The research was conducted jointly with Digital McKinsey, a global practice that designs and implements digital transformations.

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Bridging the digital innovation divide: A toolkit for strengthening ICT centric ecosystems

Bridging the digital innovation divide: A toolkit for strengthening ICT centric ecosystems

This toolkit reflects the framework, tools and methodology ITU has developed to analyse information and communications technology (ICT)-centric innovation ecosystems. This information is being shared in order to enable ecosystem stakeholders to analyse their ecosystems, including mapping the stakeholders, reviewing their needs, setting agendas, and developing policy and project recommendations. These processes are provided both as individual tools to allow for single steps to be undertaken, and in the context of a full country review, to allow for a more comprehensive analysis.

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Implementing SDG 11 by connecting sustainability policies and urban planning practices through ICT's

Implementing SDG 11 by connecting sustainability policies and urban planning practices through ICT's

This publication on "Implementing SDG11 by connecting sustainability policies and urban planning practices through ICTs" has been developed within the framework of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative. This publication provides a study of the advantages of using ICTs to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 11, by facilitating the missing linkages that exist between sustainability policies and urban-planning practices through digitally-enabled urban actions.

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Internet of Things

Internet of Things

A collaborative report from the Academy and PETRAS research group presenting the opportunities across consumer, public space and industrial applications of IoT, and outlining the challenges around policy, governance, security, privacy, ethics and skills.

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Statement on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Statement on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The EGE calls for a wide-ranging process of public deliberation and lays out a set of fundamental ethical principles to pave the way. The EGE Statement also forms the cornerstone of the guidelines on AI ethics to be developed in collaboration with the future AI Alliance. This statement calls for the launch of a process that would pave the way towards a common, internationally recognised ethical and legal framework for the design, production, use and governance of artificial intelligence, robotics, and ‘autonomous’ systems. The statement also proposes a set of fundamental ethical principles, based on the values laid down in the EU Treaties and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, that can guide its development.

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Development and Access to Information 2017

Development and Access to Information 2017

DA2I will be launched at the time of the United Nations High Level Political Forums (UN HLPF) and it is designed for UN member states, intergovernmental organizations, funders, civil society, other stakeholders working in development, and the library community itself. It underlines the invaluable contribution that information access, particularly through libraries, makes to promoting more socially and economically inclusive societies. As well as updating on progress on a range of indicators of access to information, each DA2I report will have a focus on the SDGs selected for review at the HLPF in the year of publication. This includes thematic chapters on how access to information promotes the achievement of each of the selected SDGs. The DA2I 2017 thematic chapters focus on the following goals: Zero Hunger (SDG2), Good Health and Well-being (SDG3), Gender Equality (SDG5), and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG9)

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