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Projects in The World (Global Projects)

Further developments to Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC) software (9GLO13073)

This project aims to further develop the Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC) software and its related training materials. Further developments to the SMS4DC software are necessitated by the recent modifications to the Radio Regulations, International Frequency Information Circulars (IFICs) and ITU-R Recommendations published by the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (ITU-R), feedback from the current users on that software’s implementation and experience gained from past training programs. Additionally, this project will develop enhanced and/or additional functionalities, propagation models and services in respect of the SMS4DC software, and will carry out the translation of the software and its related documentation into at least one additional language, and its related training materials and to provide training concerning such software.

Global Girls in ICT Day (2GLO11069)

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are important to every aspect of our lives, making them richer and more comfortable. There are no longer any limits to a career in the ICT sector. Jobs range from traditional engineering or programming to designing new types of mobile phones or saving the environment. However, studies show that not enough young people are choosing careers in ICTs - especially not enough young women.
This project relates to ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) which calls on Member States to organize Girls in ICT days annually, every fourth Thursday in April, in order to encourage girls and young women to choose to study and work in the ICT Sector.
Under this project, Serbia and ITU aim to encourage girls and young women to choose to study and work in the ICT sector, including its expanding spectrum of ICT career options, and to provide related guidelines through the ITU Girls in ICT ( and WITNET ( Portals.

ITU Human and Institutional Capacity Development Project (9GLO11067)

This project aims to contribute concretely to build human and institutional capacity in developing countries by supporting the development and implementation of human and institutional capacity building programmes and activities for the benefit of the ITU membership. This shall be done through several avenues, such as development of an appropriate capacity building strategy, aligned to the priorities in the industry, the needs of the membership and the visions of the BDT management. It also seeks to develop and make available high quality Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training courses, material and related resources (for both face-to-face and distance learning training) and make them available through the ITU Academy Portal at, the main ITU repository for telecommunication/ICT resources and training materials to build human and institutional capacity. Courses and resources will cover a wide scope of ICT-related topics — ranging from specialized training programmes for government policy makers and regulators, to professional business-focused curricula for senior ICT executives and managers, to technical and certificate-based programmes for technical and operational staff.

This project will initiate a study to review major capacity building interventions, and in particular, the Centres of Excellence and , based on this review, recommend a strategic way forward that is accompanied by defined structured processes and procedures for its implementation. The project seeks also to develop a train-the-trainers programme by conducting training sessions for front-line trainers from ITU Centres of Excellence (CoE's) and Internet Training Centres (ITCs) on how to use and deliver the courses and resources developed and made available through the ITU Portal.

Overall, this project will enable countries to develop their human capacity using the latest learning tools, targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures in order to create an inclusive information society able to capitalize on the innovative technology available to meet development needs.

ITU-AMD Learning Labs (7GLO07058)

This project aims to bring the developmental benefits of ICTs into the reach of the end-users, and to broadly share benefits, experiences and lesson learned, so as to encourage greater adoption of ICTs in critical development sectors across a number of developing countries.

The ITU and AMD will jointly undertake ICT for development deployments (Learning Labs) in 20 sites across 6-10 Developing and Least Developed countries over a period of two years. The Learning Labs will focus on development priorities such as Education, Health and the use of ICTs to enhance SMMEs.

This project will contribute substantially towards building ICT skills as well as building human capacities to effectively use ICTs as tools to meet developmental objectives amongst a variety of community stakeholders. These Learning Labs will be implemented at each site by bringing together a complete ecosystem of partners and stakeholders to provide a comprehensive and sustainable solution that includes hardware, applications, content and training.

Least Developed Countries Infrastructure Protection Program - Project Framework (7GLO13071)

This project aims at defining a framework, identifying possible donor partners, and setting-up the initial activities for the implementation of the Least Developed Country Infrastructure Protection Program (LDCIPP). The present project consists of the preparatory steps to the launch of the LDCIPP. By determining the structure of the former and engaging countries and private actors, this project plays an essential role in the feasibility of the further development of the LDCIPP in the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) identified in Annex C of the Project Document.

MCT Projects for Special Initiative Groups (7GLO07060)

This project is an umbrella project that aims to assist beneficiary countries to provide equal ICT access and services to women, children and youth, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, rural and underserved communities as well as other disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through establishment of 25 networked Multipurpose Community Telecentres across developing and least developed countries worldwide.

Phase one of the project will implement 10 MCTs and the rest will come under phase two. The project will also coordinate development of appropriate and needed local contents; and enhance the human capacity building through ICT training and e-learning facilities for these disadvantaged and venerable groups. This project finally aims to enhance the MCTs’ sustainability through the development of a pool of competencies that will allow deployment of region wide revenue-generating activities.

This project will be implemented in various sites through subprojects.

mHealth for NCDs Joint Programme (9GLO13072)

This project is based on the cooperation agreement signed by ITU and the WHO regarding the development and implementation of a Mobile for Health (mHealth) for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Joint Programme.

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development in Developing Countries (3GLO06057)

The aims of the project is to carry out a number of activities to harmonize, collect and disseminate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) data in developing countries in the framework of the Partnsership on Measuring ICT for Development in Developing countries.

As an active member of the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, BDT is involved in harmonizing, collecting and disseminating statistics related to households' and individuals' access to, and use of, ICTs. Building on the agreed set of core ICT indicators, it is necessary to build capacity at the national level, particularly with regards to the design and implementation of ICT statistical compilation programs and surveys and the dissemination of information.

Activities of this project will be mainly organization of regional workshops to bring together telecommunication/ICT policy makers and to train national statisticians on how to design a questionnaire specifically addressing information society indicators. These will include the internationally agreed core list of ICT indicators as well as country-specific indicators focusing on local policy needs. Workshops will provide training material and discuss the stand-alone ICT household surveys.

Rural Telecommunications Development in Least Developed Countries (7GLO03043)

The aim of the project is to assist ITU Member States that have suffered one form or another of an emergency situation. Under this project ITU will, upon request by a State Member, deploy 15 Inmarsat GAN satellite terminals donated by Inmarsat to assist in disaster mitigation and relief.

School Connectivity in Five ITU Member States (7GLO11068)

This project will promote school connectivity in five developing countries, equip and connect classrooms in primary or secondary schools, including installation, teacher training on the use of computers and basic software. Each beneficiary country will provide internet connectivity and electricity for one year, ensure maintenance for all equipment, procure paper and printer cartridges and ensure teachers participate in training in how to use the equipment and software.

Support for the Establishment of Harmonized Policies for the ICT Market in the ACP (7GLO08061)

This project is being implemented under three separate sub-projects in order to customize it to the needs of each region:
• Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub-Sahara Africa (HIPSSA);
• Enhancing competitiveness in the Caribbean through the harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures (HIPCAR);
• Capacity Building and ICT Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Frameworks Support for Pacific Island Countries (ICB4PAC).

The Future of Spectrum Management Usage Rights and Wireless Licensing in an Increasingly Competitive Environment (3GLO07059)

The objective of this project is to carry out an in-depth study aiming to examine future approaches to spectrum management and wireless licensing. Attention will be paid, in particular, to views on and direct experience with the impact of trends towards technology-and service-neutral licensing on spectrum management.

Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting in Africa and Asia-Pacific (9GLO12070)

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (MIC, Japan) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) agree to implement this project in line with the expected ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative (ASP RI 2011-2014) and the Africa Regional Initiative (AFR RI 2011-2014) on “Digital Broadcasting” as decided during the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010.

The project would update the information in the existing ITU guidelines on analogue to digital terrestrial television broadcasting and mobile television keeping in view its application to all ITU regions. Develop a database for providing information about the transition worldwide and collect case studies. It would also include additional sections on Satellite Television, IPTV and Over-The-TOP (OTT) broadcasting. In addition, it would assist four to six countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific region on developing national roadmaps based on demand from countries. These resources will also be used for developing human capacity through 2 to 3 trainings / workshops for Members in Asia-Pacific and Africa.

Youth Education Scheme (9GLO05055)

The Youth Education Scheme (YES) is a scholarship project of the ITU-D "Children and Youth" Special Initiative, in support of needy and deserving young people, from LDCs and developing countries who wish to complete their tertiary education in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and related fields.
Youth Education Scheme scholarship project cover tuition fees (registration, studies and examination), up to a maximum of ten thousands US dollars (US$10,000).
The objective is to enable young people to contribute to the development of their communities, country and region using their achieved ICT knowledge and skills.