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In order to strengthen the implementation and execution of projects on ICTs for development at national, regional and global levels, the ITU has a dedicated team of project specialists who can be reached at field offices and headquarter.

About Development Sector Projects

The ITU-D has longstanding years of experience in the execution and implementation of projects in ICT for Development. The types of small, medium and large-scale projects undertaken include telecommunication infrastructure development, capacity building, policies and regulation, e-services, cybersecurity, emergency telecommunications, ICTs for persons with disabilities, etc.

By having in-house expertise in project development, management and monitoring & evaluation, the ITU is well positioned to deliver ICT for Development projects to help achieve the World Summit on the Information Society Goals as well as the Millennium Development Goals.

The ITU is open to collaborating with stakeholders and funding partners to deliver ICT projects that address socio-economic development needs. To facilitate the development of projects, the ITU Project Document Template and a Study Paper on Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Project Management are available for use.

During the fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) of the ITU, each region grouped its initiatives and selected the top projects that best met its particular priorities. The following 28 Regional Initiatives based on WTDC-10 Resolution 17 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010) were adopted to be implemented during this four-year period:

  • Human and institutional capacity building
  • Strengthening and harmonizing policy and regulatory frameworks for integration of African telecommunication/ICT markets
  • Development of a broadband infrastructure and achievement of regional interconnectivity and universal access
  • Introduction of new digital broadcasting technologies
  • Implementation of the recommendations of the Connect Africa summit.
  • Emergency communications
  • Digital broadcasting
  • Broadband access and uptake in urban and rural areas
  • Reduction of Internet access costs
  • Human capacity building on ICTs, with emphasis on persons with disabilities and people living in rural and deprived urban areas.
  • Broadband access network
  • Digital broadcasting
  • Open-source software
  • Arabic digital content
  • Cybersecurity
  • Unique ICT needs of least developed countries, small island developing states and landlocked developing countries
  • Emergency telecommunications
  • Digital broadcasting
  • Broadband access and uptake in urban and rural areas
  • Telecommunication/ICT policy and regulation in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Groundwork for the setting-up and holding of electronic meetings
  • Assistance in thetransition from analogue to digital broadcasting
  • Establishment of an ITU virtual laboratory for the remote testing of equipment and of new technologies and services, in the nterests of achieving the aims of Resolution 76 (Johannesburg, 2008) of WTSA-08 and populating a unified ITU database
  • Provision of a stable electric power supply for telecommunication/ICT facilities in rural and remote areas
  • Development of recommendations and creation of a pilot segment of a telecommunication/ICT system to support secure remote retail payments and the management of bank accounts using wireless communication networks.
  • E-accessibility in Central and Eastern Europe (Internet and digital television) for blind people and people with visual impairment problems
  • Digital broadcasting
  • ICT applications, including e-health