The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that was launched in 2004 to improve the availability and quality of ICT data and indicators, particularly in developing countries. The initiative is a direct response to the request made by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to produce official statistics to monitor the information society. The Partnership has guided policy makers in producing ICT statistics that are crucial to informed decision-making, including through the identification of a core list of ICT indicators and methodologies to collect these indicators. The Partnership helps developing countries collect ICT statistics, particularly through capacity-building and hands-on training for national statistical offices, and collects and disseminates information society statistics. Its membership has grown from originally 11, to today 14 regional and international organisations. The Partnership work is coordinated by a Steering Committee, which is elected every 3 years. The current Steering Committee is made up of ITU, UNCTAD, and UIS.
The Partnership presented its report “Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development: Information and communication technology statistics (E/CN.3/2020/23)” at the 51st Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) that was held in New York on 3-6 March 2020. The Report introduced new indicators which reflect the latest developments in ICT adoption and use by households and individuals, and the thematic list of ICT indicators to measure ICT availability and use in sectors relevant to the SDGs that are not currently covered in the global SDG indicators framework. The UNSC welcomed the report of the Partnership, endorsed thematic list and expressed support to the work of the Partnership, see paragraph 51/121 of the UNSC final report available at this link.