Following the reorganization of the BDT in 2011, an Innovation and Partnership Department was created. Part of the rationale behind this restructuring was that innovation has risen to the top of the policy and business agenda for many organizations — including industry, governments, academia and other institutions around the world. There is a widespread and growing recognition of the important contribution that innovation plays in fostering socio-economic growth, particularly in the context of access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Innovation can also play an important role in improving BDT processes, products and services for the better satisfaction of the ITU’s membership. It is in this context that the BDT Director requested that a review be undertaken of ITU‑D Study Groups to consider how their functioning and outputs could potentially be further improved — particularly in the context of the preparatory process for the next World Telecommunication Development Conference, which will take place in early 2014.