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ICT Development Fund (ICT-DF)

The ICT-DF Programme is a special development initiative launched in 1997, as seed funds, to attract external funds from the public and private sectors, development partners as well as recipient countries or organizations themselves for co-financing a wide range of national, regional and global development projects based on criteria and evolving priorities. 


The ICT-DF is mainly funded through ITU Telecom events in accordance with Resolution 11 (Rev. Busan, 2014) which resolves "that, once all expenses have been recovered, a significant part of any generated positive revenues over expenses derived from ITU TELECOM activities shall be transferred to the ICT Development Fund under the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, for specific telecommunication development projects, primarily in the least developed countries, small island developing states, landlocked developing countries and countries with economies in transition".


For more information on ITU TELECOM events, visit ITU TELECOM World.

Criteria for ICT-DF

​The following selection criteria are applied to the ICT-DF funded projects:

Key Projects funded by ICT-DF

​Projects funded through the ICT-DF are broadly grouped into the following priority areas of action:

More details on Projects


Call For Partners

​Development projects have been implemented by the BDT in partnership with various other organizations. Interested partners are invited to contact the ICT-DF Programme Administrator for more detailed information.

Address and Contacts

​​​ICT-DF Programme Administator                               International Telecommunication Union
Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)
Place des Nations
1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 730 5900
Telefax: +41 22 730 5484