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Interactive Session

Assessing the Impact of ICT on Development - WSIS and MDGs

Organized by ITU / UNU

Tuesday 11 May 2010, 14:30 - 16:00
Room L

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Experiences from around the world demonstrate the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on development (ICT4D), for instance: (1) on poverty by increasing market access and competitiveness of the poor, (2) on education by increasing access to learning through distance education, (3) on gender by increasing economic opportunities for women, (4) on health by connecting rural health providers with formal health systems, (5) on environment by monitoring and mitigation of environmental risks, (6) on governance by engaging citizens in policy- and decision-making processes, etc.

However, the increasing empirical evidence that ICTs have indeed a major impact on development is yet to be explained by rigorous impact assessment frameworks - explaining how particular types of ICT initiatives (e.g. based on WSIS Action Lines) can advance particular development objectives (e.g. based on MDGs). While understanding the impact of existing ICT portfolios on development is important, even more important is trying to make sure that new ICT portfolios are able to achieve the desired development impact by design.

This session will present initial results of a collaborative project carried out by ITU and UNU aimed at establishing an impact assessment framework of ICT initiatives on development. A conceptual framework will be presented to guide program managers and countries in improving the design of their ICT4D portfolios for higher impact potential on the development goals like the MDGs. The session will also address how to increase the impact of the WSIS process on the MDG process by connecting initiatives across the WSIS Action Lines with ICT-enabled outcomes related to MDGs.

The session will be structured into four parts:
  • (1) Project - presentation of the aim, objectives, methodology, initial results achieved and the remaining work on the project.
  • (2) State-of-the-Art - overview presentations of foundational research on ICT impact assessment grounded in development theories and social impact assessment models.
  • (3) State-of-Practice - case studies from around the world in carrying out practical ICT impact assessments.
  • (4) Discussion - feedback on project results, applicability of existing theories and models, bridging research and practice in ICT4D impact assessment, and better supporting member states in increasing the impact of their WSIS initiatives on MDGs.


  • Mr Tomasz Janowski, Head, UNU-IIST Center for Electronic Governance and Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IIST
  • Mr Jaroslaw Ponder, Strategy and Policy Advisor, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Mr Adegboyega Ojo, Research Fellow at UNU-IIST and Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Mr Patrick Kalas, Swiss Development Cooperation, Switzerland
  • Ms Gitanjali Sah, Project Officer, WSIS Team, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)


  • Assessing the Impact of ICT on Development (WSIS and MDGs)
    This presentation was made jointly by Mr Tomasz Janowski and Mr Jaroslaw Ponder

*English & French interpretation will be made available.

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