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Least Developed Countries

The Application of Information and Communication Technologies in the Least Developed Countries for Sustained Economic Growth
2004   Publication Notice with Order Form

A lot has been said about the digital divide that exists between the developed and the least developed countries (LDCs). Yet so little is being said about the opportunities that exist in the ICT Sector in the LDCs. This report takes a very close look at this group of countries and advances the argument that ICTs can play a catalytic role in getting these countries out of their current poverty trap. In that respect, a win-win outcome for both the investor and the countries is not in question.
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ICT and Telecommunications in Least Developed Countries 2001-2006 Brussels Programme of Action: Mid-Term Review

This document made huge strides towards the implementation of all the seven Commitments of the Brussels Programme of Action of the Least Developed Countries that was adopted by the Third United Nations Conference for the Least Developed Countries for the decade 2001-2010. The work undertaken falls into the following areas: a) Development of rural telecommunications: The digital divide in most countries is between urban areas and remote rural communities; b) Development of infrastructure and introduction of new technologies and services: The idea has been to identify low-cost, affordable and appropriate technologies for the LDCs; c) Sector Restructuring: A friendly regulatory and legal framework is catalytic to both domestic and foreign investment into the ICT sector; d) Human resources development/management: Assistance was given to train and retrain experts in LDCs and e) Emergency Telecommunications: Assistance in disaster risk reduction was given to LDCs, Small Island Developing States and some Land-Locked Developing States.
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Atelier régional: «Management des connaissances» (Knowledge Management) pour les pays de l’Afrique francophone, hispanophone et lusophone
Rapport final – Cotonou (Bénin), 24 - 28 juillet 2006  

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Report on East Africa Regional Information Infrastructure: Proposed Institutional and Strategic Framework - Volume I

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06), Resolution 17 (Rev. Doha, 2006), recalled Resolution 17 (Rev. Istanbul, 2002) of the WTDC-02 which considered that telecommuni¬cation/ICT is one of the vital elements for the growth of national and regional economies. Besides, the World Telecommunication Development Conference, WTDC-02, Resolution 37 (Istanbul, 2002), recognized, among other issues, that there is need to show clearly what the digital divide is, where it occurs and who suffers from it, considering that, even with all the developments occurring in the recent years, in many developing countries telecommunications are still not affordable to the majority of the people. Therefore, it was resolved that each region, country and area must tackle its own specific issues regarding the digital divide and that many countries do not have the necessary basic infrastructure, long-term plans, laws, regulations and such like in place for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development. This report focuses on the East Africa Regional Information Structure and proposed institutional and strategic framework.
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Human Resources Benchmarking for telecommunication organizations in English-speaking countries in Africa
September 2008  

"The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in its continued support of developing capacity building in the African Continent, sponsored the Human Resources Benchmarking study for telecommunications organizations in English-speaking Countries in Africa. The findings of this study are expressed in this report. "
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HRD/HRM Survey on current and future needs and priorities in a converged, competitive telecommunication/ICT environment
October 2008  

"This report analyses the results of a survey carried out by ITU to define HRD/HRM current and future needs and priorities in a converged, competitive telecommunication/ICT environment; assess the readiness of the HR function to meet the current and future human resources challenges of the information society and develop recommendations on how ITU/BDT, and in particular the HCB Division, can assist countries to bridge any readiness gaps existing within their HR function. "
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ICT and Telecommunications in Least Developed Countries: Review of Progress made during the Decade 2000-2010

This report is produced as an input to the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2011. The objective of this report is to present projects and actions the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) undertook from 2006 to 2010 to assist least developed countries (LDCs) in joining the knowledge economy through the deployment and use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The report seeks to complement and update the 2001-2005 review of activities ITU presented at the Special Session of the UN General Assembly in 2006, in which the UN conducted a comprehensive mid-term assessment of the progress made until then in implementing the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010 (PoA). The Programme of Action was adopted at the Third UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, held in Brussels in May 2001, to establish a comprehensive, result-oriented, poverty reduction strategy, tailored to the special needs of the LDCs. The Programme of Action - also known as the Brussels Programme of Action (BPoA) - has an overarching goal to make "substantial progress towards halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and suffering from hunger by 2015 and promote sustainable development" of LDCs. To this end, the BPoA developed a framework for partnership between LDCs and their development partners carrying the overarching goal of helping in the eradication of poverty.
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The Role of ICT in Advancing Growth in Least Developed Countries - Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

This report shows that, while LDCs are, by definition, particularly burdened by severe structural impediments to growth, progress is possible. It introduces the cases of the three countries that have graduated from the LDC status since the category was established (Botswana, Cape Verde and Maldives), as well as those of five countries in the Pacific region, facing the special challenges of being Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The case studies overview the progress made by each country in improving telecommunication and ICTconnectivity and establishing an enabling regulatory framework for the deployment of this infrastructure. The report also examines the impact of ICT in promoting socio-economic development in these countries and presents lessons and remaining challenges.
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