This e-primer looks at how the knowledge-based economy has impacted small and medium enterprises (SMEs); explores why so few SMEs have adopted information and communications technology (ICT) and why SMEs should adopt ICT; and provides some policy recommendations for promoting SME adoption of ICT.
ICT Human Resource Development in Asia and the Pacific: Current Status, Emerging Trends, Policies and Strategies
ICT is a skill intensive industry. Human resources related to ICT need close monitoring and development if the region has to maintain and accelerate the current momentum of ICT led economic development and social transformation. The present paper is based on the research and analysis of the status of and trends in ICT sector in the region and in the region’s present and potential international markets; and to analyze the implications of these trends on the ICT human resource development.
This series is aimed at government policymakers and others who would like to better understand how different ICT trends will impact upon the economic, social and environmental arenas. The Brief on ICT Trends synthesizes existing research knowledge on the opportunities and risks of different ICT innovations to sustainable development, and provides recommendations for policy and practice. It is intended to be an introductory reference to support policy making and programme planning.
The Knowledge Sharing Series intends to help bridge the knowledge divide on how ICTs can be used for social and economic development, and ultimately help bridge the digital and development divide. Each issue in the series focuses on a specific ICTD theme, programme or project, and offers an end-to-end road map that can help policymakers in their planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.
This module provides government officials and policymakers with an overview of disaster risk management (DRM) and presents an approach for identifying information needs in DRM. It then matches the needs with ICT. The module also describes and provides examples of existing ICT applications for DRM and discusses benefits and barriers for utilizing ICT in DRM.
This third issue of the Knowledge Sharing Series (KSS) focuses on the topic of Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) development in developing countries. It examines the crucial role of a GCIO in providing leadership on ICT matters within government and promoting ICT-enabled socio-economic development. It also discusses the main issues related to skill development and training of GCIOs and describes some good practices on GCIO programmes, which may be replicated in a developing country setting.
This APCICT knowledge resource is the inaugural issue of the Knowledge Sharing Series (KSS). The resource explores the importance of institution building to effectively develop ICT capacity for national socio-economic development. It outlines the necessity of developing a common vision and strategies, directing and securing resources, defining roles and responsibilities, and promoting coordinated efforts and partnerships that makes ICTD possible and effective.
This briefing note focuses on disaster risk management as an information-hungry set of activities for protecting the public’s welfare and promoting sustainable development. Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), particularly computer and Web-based digital technologies, are used to connect the decision maker or actor to the sources of information, and to analyze these in order to know what to do or what to avoid.
Each Briefing Note of the Series provides concise, detailed policy reports and recommendations on ICT topics and related issues. The Briefing Note Series is intended to help policymakers and development stakeholders obtain a better awareness of ICT for development issues and provide them with insight to the ways ICT can be leveraged to facilitate the impact of socio-economic development in their countries.
This fourth issue of ICT World Today focuses on ways to encourage ICT innovation and enhance efficiency to overcome the global financial crisis; and tackle climate change, natural disasters, price hikes in resources and food, and the spread of contagious diseases.