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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 as well as recipient countries or organizations themselves for co-financing a wide range of national and regional development projects based on criteria and evolving priorities. 


The ICT-DF is mainly funded through ITU Telecom events. Resolution 11 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) 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 2014.


​The following selection criteria are applied to the Programme projects:
  • Potential of projects to attract funding from external sources.
  • Potential long-term sustainable impact.
  • Facilitation of multi-national cooperation.
  • Enabling role in respect of other projects.
  • Potential to attract participation of partners in funding and execution.
  • Potential to become self-sufficient in the short to medium term.

Projects - Overview

​Projects funded through the Programme are broadly grouped into four key areas:
  • Human resource development
  • Infrastructure development
  • Assistance to countries in special needs
  • Application of new technologies

Call For Partners

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

Address and Contacts

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