access and infrastructure

Towards a conceptual framework for ICT for Development: lessons learned from the cube framework used in Latin America

The ICT for Development community is long searching for comprehensive and adequate conceptual frameworks. In 2003, United Nations Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean proposed a three-dimensional conceptual framework that models the transition toward so-called Information Societies as interplay between technology, policy and social change.

Accessibility of New Zealand Government Websites

Two research projects designed to indicate the accessibility of government websites were commissioned by the Office for Disability Issues in 2005 and 2006. AccEase Ltd conducted the research, using a methology that emphased disabled people using websites and reporting on their experiences. The results from this research informed reporting on implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy, and assisted the State Services Commission monitor implementation of the New Zealand government Web Guidelines and Web Standards.

2011 World Bank Strategy Sector Information & Communication Technologies Approach Paper

As a major development partner in the field of ICT for development, the WBG has long recognized the critical role of ICT in catalyzing inclusive economic growth as well as in promoting human and social development. The WBG approaches ICT both as a sector in itself (ICT connectivity, infrastructure, and ICT industries) and as an enabler of transformation across sectors.

Arab ICT Use and Social Networks Adoption: Report

Despite the political turmoil that had swept up the region over the past two years, the Arab world continued to make significant progress in the adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in 2011, taking big strides towards enhancing ICT infrastructure and performance. Driven by the GCC's remarkable mobile penetration figures, mobile phone subscriptions in the Arab world nearly matched the region's population – to reach 346 million as of end 2011.

Towards Universal Internet Access in the Philippines

The Philippine government has recognized the importance of providing universal Internet access and, through various international instruments and national policy documents, has committed to provide community-based Internet access by 2010. This paper provides a review of existing policies and strategies, as well as good global practice on universal access. To ensure this paper responds truly to the needs of the country, a multi-stakeholder Study Group was organized to review and comment on the paper.

Developing South Asia: Lessons & Insights

This publication, the first of South Asia Department’s South-South learning series, aims to showcase lessons, replicable practices, and other insights which development practitioners can learn from, and apply in, the context of their respective countries. Projects discussed here represent various sectors such as energy, urban development, transport, information and communications technology (ICT), irrigation, and disaster risk reduction.

ICT for Greater Development Impact

This Report present the World Bank's ICT Strategy for the period 2012-2015. The Strategy for 2012-2015 will emphasize the transformative potential of information and communication technologies while focusing on innovation and infrastructure. The new ICT strategy will be comprised by three pillars. It will promote ICTs to transform services for greater development impact—strengthening accountability and governance, improving public services, and enabling more inclusive private delivery of services (Transform pillar).