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About ICT Applications

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ About ICT Applications

The ICT Applications programme offers Members the tools to leverage digital technology and ICT applications to address countries’ most pressing needs and bring real impact to people – with an emphasis on increasing availability and extending services in areas such as digital health, e-Agriculture, eLearning, as well as cross-sectoral initiatives to accelerate sustainable development. Below you can find what we do, our mandate and a selection of important ITU resolutions concerning ICT Applications.​

OUR CONTEX​T

In the global digital age, information and telecommunication technologies (ICTs), and particularly mobile solutions are the most transformative influences of our time. They hold the capacity to connect people throughout the world regardless of location or socio-economic background. However, despite rapid expansion, benefits of the digital revolution still remain out of reach for a large section of the global population – with many promising digital innovations and affordable, high-impact ICT applications not accessible to those who would benefit the most.

OUR MISSION​

To better utilize the power of ICT4SDG, the ICT Applications programme – in collaboration with strategic partners from UN specialized organizations, academia, private sector, and other ecosystem stakeholders – supports ITU membership to bring proven solutions to scale at national level, and increase availability and impact of promising ICT applications, in underserved areas in particular. Priority are high impact areas for sustainable development, such as: digital health, e-Agriculture, eLearning, as well as specific cross-sectoral initiatives that optimize resources and maximize impact through the use of multifunctional, interoperable technology platforms.​​

OUR WORK, TOOLS AND METHOD

​To effectively harness ICT applications for socio-economic development, the programme facilitates ​

•  ​development of national sectoral digital strategy (incl. toolkits, guidelines, capacity building, action plans, evaluation)
•  ​deployment of innovative ICT/mobile applications to improve the delivery of value-added services, leveraging strategic
    partnerships
as catalysts ​​​​
•  ​knowledge and best practice sharing through studies, research, awareness raising, connecting stakeholders in converging
    ecosystems ​
•  ​​addressing emerging technology trends – such as big data, artificial intelligence, etc – by collecting and sharing of best​​ practices ​

​​​​​​OUR FOCUS & VALUE PROPOSTION​​​​​

OUR MANDATE, RELEVANT DOCUMENTS AND RESOLUTIONS

​Access the ICT Applications programme mandat​e and objective as stated in the ITU-D 2017 World Telecommunication Development Conference Final Report, through: ​​​WTDC 2017 Final Report, Objective 4.2​​ (2017 Buenos Aires Action Plan)

​CONTACT US​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For further inquiries contact us via email through ICTapplicatio​ns@itu.int.​​