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Special Assistance to LDCs, LLDCs & SIDS - Stories from the field

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.

ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment in Haiti

Haiti Disaster.JPGHaitihurricane.jpgICTs/ telecommunication services play a vital role when disasters strike.Communication systems and networks save lives by helping first responder to coordinate disaster management efforts. ITU assisted Haiti when the country was struck by Category 4 Hurricane Matthew on 4 October 2016. The Hurricane caused over 1000 deaths, disrupted critical infrastructure, including communication and transportation networks, and left the country in crucial need of aid. The emergency telecommunication equipment provided by ITU was used to support relief and coordination efforts and provided assistance in the global efforts to help rebuild networks and services.

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

LDC_Zambia_Blind page.jpgIn 2016, ITU assisted the Government of Zambia to empower more blind students in a digital world. As part of its efforts to provide technical support to schools for the blind, concentrated assistance in the form of braille printers, computers and software, were delivered to the regulatory authority, ZICTA, of Zambia. The equipment will be used by educational institutions for persons with visual impairments in Zambia and support blind students in their educational endeavors.

​​ITU's advocacy to empower Women and Girls worldwide to bridge the gender digital divide: the case of an LDC- Myanmar- 2016 "Girls in ICT Day" YWCA of Myanmar

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.