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ITU assistance to the LDCs, LLDCs & SIDS

The ITU special programme for the LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS helps the most vulnerable countries take advantage of ICTs for development and to bridge the digital divide between these countries and the rest of the world. 

In its effort to address specific development challenges, the programme provides both technical expertise and financial assistance to the LDCs to improve their development outcomes through leveraging the potential of ICT/broadband and telecommunications services. This includes concentrated assistance to develop rural infrastructure, build both institutional and human capacity, and to provide regulatory and market information and intelligence.

​Enhancing capacities in international Internet governance

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in partnership with DiploFoundation strengthened the capacities of the ITU membership in the field of international Internet governance. A workshop, hosted by the National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil (ANATEL), took place in Brasilia, Brazil, from 14 to 16 August 2017.

Capacity-building is part of ITU's mandate and ITU plays a leading role in the training of strengthening capacities in international Internet governance. The training encompassed nine different sessions addressing relevant Internet governance issues: digital policy priorities, key guiding principles that shape Internet governance, digital transformation, human rights and democracy, the concept of multi-stakeholder governance, the importance of policies to tackle problems, the critical needs of ICT infrastructure development, connectivity, Internet of Things and emerging challenges. The training put an emphasis on the catalytic role of ICTs as a powerful enabler to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Fifty-five participants benefited from the capacity training. This included attendees from Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Paraguay and Trinidad Tobago. Participants engaged in capacity-building activities on global ICT policy, with special focus on improving developing countries' participation in the existing Internet governance institutions, and other issues related to the improvement of ICT infrastructure, services and regulations.

As a result of this training for capacity development, participants acquired a broad knowledge, and captured some of the important facets of Internet governance. These included governance models of Internet names, numbers and standards, and important cybersecurity topics, such as critical information infrastructure protection and how to counter cybercrime. The course also covered digital business models for economic growth and the use of big data for development. It taught participants how to develop legal instruments and how their role in Internet governance such as international agreements, national laws, private contracts can play a significant role to fast forward development.

This training, offered under the umbrella of the ITU Academy, highlighted key priority areas and needs for capacity development in Internet governance in the region.

As we live in today's digital world which is becoming more connected, building both human and institutional capacity in international Internet governance is critical to builde more inclusive digital societies. Further information can be found here.


Cybersecurity and CyberDrill in Suriname: A Caribbean Perspective

In 2003 and 2005, during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), government leaders and other stakeholders entrusted the ITU to take a leading role in coordinating international efforts on cybersecurity by making ITU the sole Facilitator of WSIS Action Line C5 on “Building Confidence and Security in the use of ICTs”. ITU and its partners launched the Global Cybersecurity Agenda[1], and initiated activities related to the establishment of National Computer Incident Response Teams (NCIRT)[2]. The cybersecurity programme of ITU assists countries in building their national capacity to respond to cybersecurity related incidents and establishes solutions as well as processes/procedures to better protect their national critical infrastructures against cyber threats. 


Empowering the Women’s Farming Syndicate in Zimbabwe through ICTs

The Women's Farming Syndicate is a women's farmers organization based in Zimbabwe, a landlocked developing country located in Southern Africa. The organization is engaged in various agricultural activities across the country with a representation in more than 150 communities. Their goods include sugarcane, maize, sorghum and other small grains, coffee, tea, millet, paprika and turmeric among others. [1]



Enhancing teachers skills in IT and informatics in the Kyrgyz Republic

The Kyrgyz Republic, a landlocked developing country in Central Asia, has been able to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve its education system.


Building human and institutional capacity on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in the Arab States’ Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

IPv6 promises to provide about 340 undecillion IP addresses that ensure the availability of new IP addresses reaching far into the future, and to promote expansion of innovative solutions.  

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ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Haiti


Building institutional and human capacity - ITU helping blind school pupils in Zambia



ITU's advocacy to empower Women and Girls worldwide to bridge the gender digital divide - "Girls in ICT Day"

ITU is actively engaged in promoting ICTs for women and girls. Once a year, it organizes the Girls in ICT Day, an initiative to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the field of ICT. 

On 28 April 2016, Girls in ICT Day was celebrated in Myanmar, where it brought together more than 200 participants. A special event was organized to highlight the use of social media for education, political, social, and networking purposes, and to showcase how ICTs can drive economic development and empower women and girls.