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Millennium Development Goals and ICT

This page contains resources on why and how ICT applications can contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. This is especially important as governments attempt to achieve Goal 8 of the MDGs that specifically states ‘Target 18: In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications’.

Overview of the Report on the World Social Situation 2016

Overview of the Report on the World Social Situation 2016

In adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders committed themselves to leaving no one behind in pursuit of the eradication of extreme poverty and protection of the planet. Through concerted efforts galvanized by the MDGs, the world has made progress in reducing poverty, but social exclusion persists in both developed and developing countries. At the same time, some countries have been able to effectively promote inclusion even at low levels of income and development.

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ICT for Development Contributing to the Millennium Development Goals

ICT for Development Contributing to the Millennium Development Goals

The aim of this paper is to create a publicly available resource that provides concise descriptions of selected infoDev ICT-for-development projects, and their impact on poverty. The paper first presents case studies of a cross-section of projects funded by the infoDev Core Program, followed by an in-depth analysis of the impact, and limits of those projects. The main criterion for selecting projects for case study analysis was to be as representative as possible of the various environments (political, economic, social, geographic) in which infoDev has been operating since its inception. An attempt was also made to provide a balanced sample relative to the success rate of the projects. Rather than selecting the "best projects," the authors, in consultation with the task managers of the projects, gave priority to those initiatives likely to offer the best lessons and knowledge about how to use ICT for development purposes. infoDev case studies show that the presence of a project champion enhances the success of a project (FOOD, Manobi, Voxiva, Fantsuam). The cases also demonstrate that technical and organization capacity can be built over the life of a project.

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Taking Stock of the Global Partnership for Development

Taking Stock of the Global Partnership for Development

The “Taking Stock of the Global Partnership for Development” report of the UN MDG Gap Task Force monitors the recent achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal 8, while looking ahead towards the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit this month (September 25–27), and which will include the launch of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals.

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Media in support of sustainable development and a culture of peace

Media in support of sustainable development and a culture of peace

Nowadays the rapidly growing use and impact of social media is changing the way people interact with the news media and vice-versa. This prompts discussion and debate about the role of this changing media landscape. All this coincides with the opportunity to examine how it relates to the agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals – to the Sustainable Development (SDGs). These were the factors that encouraged us to support the convening of 5 media in support of sustainable development and a culture of peace UNESCO the Global Media Forum in Indonesia in August 2014. Key discussions from the Global Media Forum are reflected in this publication, thereby allowing a wider public to engage with the debates about the importance of communication and the free flow of information in pursuit of social and human development.

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Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

Evidence shows that the global Goals worked. They galvanized the entire global community to address the most pressing issues at the beginning of the Millennium, centered in lifting people from extreme poverty and improving the lives of those most disadvantaged. “The MDG experience provides compelling evidence that the international community can be mobilized to confront complex challenges. Governments, civil society and a wide range of international actors coalesced behind the MDGs in a multi-front battle against poverty and disease,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development for the period 2010-2015

EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development for the period 2010-2015

Council Conclusions on the Millennium Development Goals - Supporting the achievement of the MDG by 2015, including the EU Action Plan on gender equality and women’s empowerment in development for the period 2010 to 2015, as approved by the Council on 14 June 2010. The Action Plan proposes activities to be carried out by the EU Member States and the Commission towards gender equality in development cooperation and in policy dialogue with partner countries.

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Using Twitter to Understand the Post-2015 Global Conversation

Using Twitter to Understand the Post-2015 Global Conversation

Global Pulse and the UN Millennium Campaign developed a social media monitor of priority topics related to the Post-2015 development agenda. The monitor aims to provide real-time information on the development issues that most concern people around the world. By filtering Twitter every day for comments relevant to sixteen key development topics, the monitor shows which topics are most talked about in different countries over time. The monitor filters tweets using a taxonomy of approximately 25,000 words in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, yielding around 10 million relevant new tweets each month. Global Pulse developed an interactive online dashboard that automatically updates monthly to visualize country-level topics of conversation. By the end of 2014, the dashboard had been used by almost 20,000 people, including support to several policy initiatives during the Post-2015 agenda setting process.

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MAKING IT HAPPEN: TECHNOLOGY, FINANCE AND STATISTICS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

MAKING IT HAPPEN: TECHNOLOGY, FINANCE AND STATISTICS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The end of 2015 is the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Governments across Asia and the Pacific have been striving to meet the Goals, particularly on reducing income poverty. Some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others, but it is clear that the MDGs have prompted high levels of commitment and achievement. As MDGs come to a close and a post-2015 agenda takes shape, to be formulated as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this report focuses on three key issues for implementation of this new agenda: technology, finance and statistics. It argues that priority should be given to identify and disseminate the most productive technologies; the necessary investment for sustainable development should come from a diverse range of sources, including public and private, domestic and international; and supported by statistics that should serve as a launching pad for evidence-based policymaking. The report has been produced by ESCAP, ADB and UNDP and it is a result of wide consultation among policymakers, development practitioners and other stakeholders throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. Other United Nations organizations, funds and programmes participating in the Regional Coordination Mechanism have also contributed.

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MDG Report 2014: Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals

MDG Report 2014: Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals

While an increasing number of Africans are enjoying higher living standards, countries in Sub-Saharan Africa should redouble efforts to ensure crises such as the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa do not reverse development achievements, says the latest MDG report on Africa. Africa’s poverty rates have continued to decline, despite the adverse effects of the recent food, fuel, and global economic crisis, says “Assessing Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa”, produced annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Millennium Development Goal 8 - The State of the Global Partnership for Development

Millennium Development Goal 8 - The State of the Global Partnership for Development

The present report was prepared by the MDG Gap Task Force, which was created by the Secretary General of the United Nations to improve the monitoring of MDG 8 by leveraging inter-agency coordination. More than 30 United Nations entities and other organizations are represented in the Task Force, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Trade Organization. The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN/DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) acted as lead agencies in organizing the work of the Task Force. The coordination was performed by Pingfan Hong, Director, and Keiji Inoue, Economic Affairs Officer, in the Development Policy and Analysis Division of UN/DESA.

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DELIVERING THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

DELIVERING THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

One year ago the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) released a summary of a global consultation process on the world that people want. The report, ‘A Million Voices’, captured the results of nearly 100 national dialogues on post-2015, 11 thematic consultations, and a vibrant e-discussion and global survey, MY World. The current report picks up where 'A Million Voices' left off, and looks in more depth at the factors within each country that will support or impede implementation. A set of Dialogues has been exploring these factors and are still capturing ideas around six topics. The overarching message is that all these means of implementation will require sufficient investment if the new post-2015 development agenda is to make a real difference to people’s lives. Whatever the specific topic of discussion several principlese merge again and again: participation, inclusion, and the need for strengthened capacities and partnerships. Only an agenda that focuses on effective implementation, including through these aspects, will do justice to the aspirations and hopes of the millions of people around the world who have guided governments to this new agenda— the future they want.

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UN-APCICT promotes capacity building in the use of ICT for inclusive and sustainable development

UN-APCICT promotes capacity building in the use of ICT for inclusive and sustainable development

On 25-28 November, UN-APCICT will hold the Regional Dialogue on ICTD Capacity Building for Sustainable Development and Annual Partners Meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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ICT 4 the MDGs? A Perspective on ICTs’ Role in Addressing Urban Poverty in the Context of the Millennium Development Goals

This article assesses ICTs’ role in reaching the goals, with an emphasis on urban poverty. Over the lifespan of the MDGs, debate about ICTs and development has grown. On one side are those who see ICTs as enabling rapid growth and citizen empowerment; on the other side are those who warn that “technical fixes” cannot overcome the historic and structural causes of poverty. In this article, using the organizing framework of the eight MDGs, these debates are discussed by reviewing examples of ICT projects that aim to further the goals’ realization. Many of these projects suggest that ICTs are useful, particularly with respect to increasing information and enhancing services, a common theme throughout this article. However, the article also raises critical queries about the allure of “technology-boosterism.” These range from questioning the measurable impact and sustainability of ICT4D to the vision of development embedded in ICT4D and whether new technologies can subvert the underlying causes of global poverty. Our article shows that, while ICTs can be enablers for developmental processes, we must listen to communities in poverty when deciding how ICTs should feature in the post-2015 agenda.

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E-Governance and Service Delivery Innovations in Malaysia: An Overview

A significant development in public service in recent times is the increasing application of ICTs. Governments have embarked on programs and projects that seek to improve the delivery of public services through the adoption of ICT in the public sector. While initially e-government initiatives were aimed at increasing internal processes and operational efficiencies of public agencies, now e-government projects are employed in an attempt to provide an integrated and connected services to stakeholders. E-government is also seen as a strategy that would broadly support national economic objectives and the Millennium Development Goals. Malaysia has followed the global trend and adopted e-government in order to improve governance and service delivery on the one hand and to foster national developmental goals on the other. The Malaysian government has increased its e-government efforts by initiating and implementing different programs and projects. This paper provides an overview of some of these e-government schemes indicating the nature of innovations introduced and their significance in governance and service delivery.

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Bridging the Gender Divide: How Technology Can Advance Women Economically

Bridging the Gender Divide: How Technology Can Advance Women Economically

In this study, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) examines technology initiatives – ICT initiatives in particular - that have enabled women to develop their economic potential, become stronger leaders and more effective contributors to their families, communities and domestic economies. Specifically, these efforts helped women increase their productivity, create new entrepreneurial ventures and launch income-generating pursuits. The report also offers innovators practical recommendations on how to design and deploy technologies that are critical to women’s economic advancement.

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Listening and Healing in the Peruvian Amazon: An Assessment of Minga Peru’s Intercultural Radio Educative Project to Prevent and Control Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS

This report assesses the Intercultural Radio Educative Project that was implemented in Peru between 2006 and 2008, by Minga Peru, a non-governmental organization, with support from UNIFEM.

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A Digital Shift: Youth and ICT for Development

A Digital Shift: Youth and ICT for Development

This publication highlights the potential of world youth to harness ICTs and how the diverse and vast potential of ICTs can empower and simplify the launch of a global project on a local level. The publication was designed with two key objectives: The first is to showcase the efforts of individuals and groups who are inspiring a transformation of attitudes and actions to renew communities the world over; and the second is to pay tribute to the millions of young people serving as ‘change makers’ for their societies by implementing the ideas of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals in a myriad of ways.

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ICTs for Democracy: Information and Communication Technologies for the Enhancement of Democracy - with a Focus on Empowerment

This report examines the potential of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for advancing democracy and empowerment, with a special focus on Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Conducted by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in coordination with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the study documents evidence indicating that access to and the strategic use of ICTs help bring about economic development, poverty reduction, and democratization - including freedom of speech, the free flow of information, and the promotion of human rights.

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The Impact of the BBC World Service Trust's Afghan Woman's Hour: Results from a National Survey in Afghanistan

This report is an evaluation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Trust (WST) radio project Afghan Woman's Hour (AWH). Broadcast since January 2005, AWH seeks to empower women by broadcasting programming on gender issues in the two main languages of the region, Dari and Pashto. The report includes the results of a quantitative national survey conducted to measure the awareness and reach of AWH as well as to measure changes in knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported behaviours (practices) regarding key programme issues including gender equality, education, women and work, governance-related issues, and family life (e.g., forced marriage, domestic violence).

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Creating an Enabling Environment: Toward the Millennium Development Goals

Creating an Enabling Environment: Toward the Millennium Development Goals

This book is in two parts. The first comprises the proceedings of the Global Forum of the United Nations ICT Task Force on “Promoting an Enabling Environment for Digital Development” held in November 2004. The second part is the result of ongoing work from the Working Groups of the UN ICT Task Force in the context of the MDGs.

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Up-Scaling Pro-Poor ICT-Policies and Practices: A Review of Experience with Emphasis on Low Income Countries in Asia and Africa

Up-Scaling Pro-Poor ICT-Policies and Practices: A Review of Experience with Emphasis on Low Income Countries in Asia and Africa

This report looks at the use of ICT for poverty reduction and as its potential and limitations at the grassroots, national, and global levels. It identifies parallels and differences in the use of ICT for poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa and low income countries of Asia.

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Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals

Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals

The report’s unique approach lies in its use of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to measure and monitor the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on human development. The report examines country-specific experiences in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam, and provides cross-country comparisons on the use of ICTs to achieve the MDGs.

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National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - India

National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - India

This country report reviews and assesses progress made in India in drafting and implementing its national e-policies and e-strategies towards meeting its national development goals and the Millennium Development Goals.

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National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Sri Lanka

National Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Sri Lanka

This country report analyzes the past accomplishments, current trends and future potential of information and communications technology (ICT) in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals in Sri Lanka. It is based on a survey of Sri Lanka’s ICT initiatives and consultations with key stakeholders active in the development of ICT policies.

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Technical Paper – ICT and Human Development: Towards building a composite index for Asia

Technical Paper – ICT and Human Development: Towards building a composite index for Asia

This study examines the interdependency between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and human development, and identifies ICT indicators for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia 2004: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Summary

Regional Human Development Report – Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia 2004: Realising the Millennium Development Goals - Summary

This summary document, with a foreword by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, presents the essence of a pioneering attempt to assess the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in human development in Asia. It captures the rich variety of ICT initiatives in nine Asian countries (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam) and draws lessons for identifying policy directions.

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Chennai statement on up-scaling pro-poor ICT policies and practices

Upon invitation of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), development practitioners and policy makers met in Chennai, India, from 17-19 November 2004, for a workshop to review experiences in Asia and Africa in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for poverty reduction. The event was organised in coordination with the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP), OneWorld South Asia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In order to provide an input into the preparatory processes of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), Poverty Reduction Strategies and the Millennium+5 Summit, the participants decided to compile some key conclusions and recommendations in a statement. The purpose of the Chennai Statement is to stimulate the ICT debate from a clearly poverty-focused perspective.

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Information and Communications Technology and the Eradication of Hunger

The paper explores the role that ICTs can play in achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. It shows that there are four areas in which ICTs could have a positive impact for the eradication of hunger: production and distribution of food, the ability to acquire food, health and nutrition, and broader policy concerns. The paper concludes that although ICTs have a large potential to contribute to reducing the proportion of people who suffer from hunger, they are far from a panacea for nutritional problems.

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