ITU has categorized 12 countries as 'Countries in Special Need'. These countries have gone through periods of armed conflict, civil strife or war and suffered destruction to their telecommunication infrastructure.
ITU provides seed money for the reconstruction of the damaged networks and seeks partners willing to co-finance projects in these countries. Projects are focus on four key areas:
Development of infrastructure and introduction of new technologies
Development of rural telecommunications
Human resources development
Below is a complete list of countries falling in this category: