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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

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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…

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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…

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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
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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?

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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:
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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
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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
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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
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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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