WSIS Forum 2017 will be held from 12–16 June 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. More info.

Empowering Communities in the SDGs Era

United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Egypt

Tackling Inequalities, the Art of Reviving Hope

Inequality is persistent characteristic of the world we live in today. It exists across countries, within countries in the different economic standards between rural and urban communities; across gender line division in the labor market and other area’s such as education and health; and across division imposed on people with disabilities.

ICT’s as a tool enables the dissemination of those divisions, and as such there is a myriad of success stories where the intervention of various public, private sector, and civil society actors enabled the empowerment of those communities that  suffer the most from the existence of those dividing lines. However further momentum is needed in project dissemination and expansion to address the needs of sustainable resolution of some of the core issues that contribute to the agglomeration  of the issue at hand.

The session will highlight the vital role of ICTs in enlarging the impacts of the SDGs programs on citizens’ livelihood especially in developing countries. In addition it will shed the light on how ICTs can have come to play the foremost important role in tackling income inequality; focusing on some best practices in this regards, shedding light on how ICT’s was used in attaining inclusive empowerment for marginalized segments of the population.


Dr. Eun-Ju KIM, Chief, Innovation and Partnership Department (IP) & Administrator for ICT Development Fund (ICT-DF), ITU

Speakers / panellists
  •  Anthony David, co-founder of Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur, Director of Impact Projects & Intrapreneurship at Scope Group and consultant to UNDP Egypt on social entrepreneurship
  • Hani Eskandar, ICT Applications Coordinator at the ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division, ITU
  • Mosharraf Hossein, Director of Global Policy, Influencing & Research, ADD International
  • Dr. Cae-One Kim, Chairman and CEO, World Economy Research Institute
  • Sherif El Tokali, Assistant Resident Representative and Innovation for Development Team Leader, UNDP Egypt.
Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • C4. Capacity building
  • C6. Enabling environment
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-employment
Link to the Sustainable Development Process
  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland