ICTD InfoBank: A Knowledge Sharing Portal on ICTD for the Asia-Pacific region

The ICTD InfoBank has been designed and developed by APCICT as a place for online convergence of like-minded individuals and organizations working to strengthen capacities in the use of information and communications technology for development (ICTD) in the Asia-Pacific region. The ICTD InfoBank does not attempt to duplicate the work of other ICTD portals, it aims to provide easy access to relevant resources on ICTD. The resources available in the ICTD InfoBank aims to support trainers and educators in building ICTD capacity, and assist policy makers in making informed decisions.

Resources on the ICTD InfoBank include: publications, reports, journal, articles, working papers, training manuals, guidelines, case studies, video and audio files, and multimedia materials, as well as web portals with links to relevant resources, and blog sites. Users can browse these different types of resources by various topics (e.g. e-commerce, e-governance), by country, or by organization that have published these resources.

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ICT and Agriculture in the Context of Green Growth

The World Bank, in collaboration with the e-Agriculture community and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is holding a series of two week online forums. These e-forums stem from the launch of the World Bank’s ICT in Agriculture e-Sourcebook (2011) and the growing demand for knowledge on how to use ICT to improve agricultural productivity and raise smallholder incomes. The following summary captures the discussion during one of these e-forums.

Social media use by government: From the routine to the critical

This paper presents findings from a exploratory study conducted with government officials, with the broad goal of understanding social media use by government officials as well as community organizations, businesses, and the public at large.

The Outcome of Rio+20: An ICT Perspective on ‘The Future We Want’

The webpage provides summaries and keypoints highlighted in the Rio+20 conference. It also provides the Rio+20 outcome document, which describes the role of ICT in regards to five key areas of actions towards the achievement of sustainable development.

Local e-government 2.0: Social media and corporate transparency in municipalities

The aim of this paper is to provide an overall view about the use of Web 2.0 and social media tools in EU local governments in order to determine whether local governments are using these technologies to increase transparency and e-participation, opening a real corporate dialog. In addition, the paper tries to identify which factors promote the level of development of these tools at local level.

Bridging the Digital Divide: the Case of Nepal Wireless

This case study discusses the role of Nepal Wireless in achieving socio economic development of rural communities by facilitating affordable Internet access.

ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction: The Indian Experience

Today it is a proven fact that Natural Disasters can happen at any place irrespective of the developed, developing or the least developed status of a country. It can cause massive destruction to the lives and livelihoods of large population and hence, to the national economies. It is experienced that the least developed and developing countries are impacted more severely by large scale natural disasters.

Smart Sensor Networks: Technologies and Applications for Green Growth

This report was presented to the Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) in June 2009 and declassified by the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy in October 2009. The report has been prepared by Verena Weber, consultant, in conjunction with the OECD Secretariat as part of the WPIE’s work on ICTs and the environment, under the overall direction of Graham Vickery, OECD Secretariat. It contributed to the OECD Conference on “ICTs, the environment and climate change”, Helsingør, Denmark, 27-28 May 2009, and is a contribution to the OECD work on Green Growth.

The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most complex challenges that humankind has to face in the next decades. As the change process seems to be irreversible, it became urgent to develop sound adaptation processes to the current and future shifts in the climate system. In particular, it is likely that the biggest impacts of change will be on agricultural and food systems over the next few decades (M. E. Brown, C. C. Funk, 2008).

ICT impacts for Green Growth

This file of presentation slides describes the concept of Green Growth and Green ICTs, ICTs impacts for Green IT, Green ICT in Mongolia, etc.

Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: An Asian Perspective

This book, the result of an OER Asia research project hosted and implemented by the Wawasan Open University in Malaysia, with support from Canada’s International Development Research Centre, brings together ten country reports and ten case studies on OER in the Asian region that highlight typical situations in each context. China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam all receive extensive treatment, as do the multi-regional initiatives of the Virtual Academy for the Semi-Arid Tropics.