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
- (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
- Ms Gitanjali Sah, Project Officer, WSIS Team,
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
*English & French interpretation will be made available.