Achieving Development Goals
Recognizing the significant role of ICT as a catalyst to help realize the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, leaders from Africa and around the globe at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005 agreed to a set of specific targets, including ten ICT connectivity goals to be achieved by 2015.
These goals were also emphasized by African ICT Ministers as part of the “Accra Commitments for Tunis 2005” and since reinforced by the flagship ICT initiatives of the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy, under the aegis of the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, as well as the Doha Action Plan Regional Initiatives adopted at the 2006 ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference.
Despite this wide consensus, with the 2015 target date less than eight years away, we are at serious risk of not achieving these ICT and development goals. Connect Africa is the first of a series of dynamic multi-stakeholder efforts to be planned in different parts of the world with the objective of significantly accelerating ICT investment in underserved areas and supporting broader social and economic development.