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Joint ITU/ECA Regional Workshop on ICT Indicators Gaborone, Botswana October 26 th , 2004 ICT 4 D: The Proof Presentation by Jenifer Johnston UN ICT Task Force Working Party on ICT Indicators and MDG Mapping. The need for indicators.

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Joint ITU/ECA Regional Workshop on ICT Indicators

Gaborone, Botswana

October 26th, 2004

ICT 4 D: The Proof

Presentation by Jenifer Johnston

UN ICT Task Force

Working Party on ICT Indicators and MDG Mapping


The need for indicators

  • Benchmark against other initiatives, domestic and international

  • Measure progress - Independent and quantitative assessment of goals and expected impacts

  • Target policies to those most likely to benefit

  • (Re) Direct resources where they are most needed

  • Communicate results

Measurement as a policy tool…


Why measure ICT?

  • WSIS action plan calls for:

  • National ICT connectivity indicators in the context of the development of national e-strategies

  • Targets for the information society at the national level in the framework of national e-strategies

  • Successful experiences in mainstreaming ICT compiled and posted on international organizations’ web sites

Measurement for sharing best practices…


MDG & ICT Indicators and Targets

  • 1) The Broad Picture:

  • Global goals adopted at the UN Millennium Summit to address the pressing challenges of the developing world

  • 8 goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators

  • 2) Monitoring the MDG

  • World Bank Development Report

  • Human Development Report

  • Regional Development Reports

  • National MDG Reports

  • Goal 8 and Target 18 – Measured by the ITU Telecommunications Development Report


ICT Indicators: Access, Use, Readiness and Impacts

Readiness: What appropriate and effective elements (infrastructure and policies) have been put in place to ensure the rapid adoption and widespread use of ICT?

Access:How widely diffused and accessible are ICT across all regions and sectors of society?

Use:How is ICT being used by business, government and civil society? What innovative e-applications are being developed and used?

Impact:How is ICT an enabler for social and economic growth? How is ICT enhancing development opportunities at local, national and international levels?


Global ICT4D Indicators

  • ICT4D Partnership on the development of common set of core ICT readiness, access and use indicators.

  • (UNCTAD, ITU, UN Economic Commissions, World Bank, UN ICT Task Force and UNESCO.

  • UN ICT Task Force - Impacts measurement:


UN ICT Task Force

  • Multi-stakeholder group with members from national governments, the private and non-profit sectors, and international organizations

  • Primary objectives:

  • Promote ICT policy coherence across the UN system and with other international organizations

  • Provide policy advice to the UN Secretary General on the effective use of ICT to further development

  • - Catalyst for partnerships and ICT4D initiatives

  • - 6 working groups and 5 regional networks


A framework for ICT impacts measurement

  • Elaborate the conceptual framework that exists between ICT and basic development goals (in progress)

  • Define specific targets and milestones for ICT4D int’l relevant to the MDG (in progress)

  • Match the proposed ICT targets with the targets set out in MDG and monitor progress

  • Clarify the operational roles and responsibilities of int’l agencies for the collection, compilation and comparison of statistical data pertaining to ICT4D

  • Integrate, in concert with above agencies, key statistical indicators into an ICT benchmarking report for the World Summit in 2005


Road Map to Tunis and Beyond

  • Current: Survey of current ICT data collection methods, development of a framework for action to monitor, measure and report on progress in applying ICT to further development

  • February 2005 (WSIS Thematic Session): Presentation of core ICT indicators

  • September 2005 (UNGA): Case studies with an analysis of effects of ICT on development, identification of gaps and areas for further study in ICT impacts measurement

  • November 2005 (WSIS): Development of ICT targets and milestones

  • 2004-2015: Periodic reporting on ICT readiness, use and impact


ePol-NET

  • A global initiative bringing together international development organizations, national governments, the private sector and civil society.

  • Supports the efforts of developing countries to elaborate ICT policies and e-strategies through the provision of resources and policy experts.

  • Current partners include the UN ICT Task Force, ITU, UNECA, UNCTAD, UNDP, Accenture, CTO, and the Governments of Canada, France, Japan, United Kingdom and Ireland.


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