Tag Archives: development

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Mobile Money: Getting Banking Services to the Poor

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has recently taken on a new and challenging task: to promote digital financial inclusion through the adoption of technical standards. The UN Agency for Telecommunications, more commonly known for its work in fields such as radio frequency spectrum, cloud computing or new generations of mobile technology, has established a new […]

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A global information society: Are we there yet?

The concept of a global information society is one of the most discussed and misunderstood “Big Ideas” of our time. While we’ve made gigantic strides toward connecting the world through information and communication technologies (ICTs), we have not attained that goal. Over the last decade, ICTs have contributed to globalization, shaped economies, transformed society and […]

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Is Copper the Future of Fibre? G.Fast and the Battle of Bandwidth

Attendees at the recent Fixed Access Networks Summit in Berlin contributed to a lively conference. In focus was the upcoming and innovative ITU-T G.fast standard and its potential, in unison with vectoring techniques, to inject new life into existing telephone wire infrastructure in the predominantly copper ‘last mile’ (between the exchange, where fibre ‘drops’, and […]

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Case Studies on eHealth: Achieving MDGs

Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed upon by world leaders at the Millennium Summit in 2000, which aimed at reducing world poverty, increasing the rate of development and improving global health. Goal 4 was set up to reduce child mortality and Goal 5 was set up to improve maternal health. According to WHO, achieving […]

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Broadband Commission reaffirms crucial role in development

At the 9th meeting of the Broadband Commission for digital development, discussion centered around how to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. I’m just back from the Broadband Commission meeting in Dublin, Ireland, graciously hosted by Broadband Commissioner Denis O’Brien. The Sunday morning session focused on the “Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda,” and […]

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ICT Accessibility requires available and affordable technology

 “When we talk of ICT in disability & development, the emphasis should also be on availability and affordability of technology,”  Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People’s International (DPI). Today, the linkage between disability and development is getting increasingly recognised in light of the growing discourse on the post-2015 development agenda. However, not many are talking about […]

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Disability and Development

Worldwide consultation launched that aims at building an inclusive Information Society for all There are more than 1 billion people living with disabilities. But this figure doesn’t provide the full picture of how disabilities impact the lives of a much broader community because in reality, if we also take into consideration family and friends who provide […]

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