Tag Archives: ICT

UNAccessibility-blog

Kartik’s Story: Fighting for ICTs to be Accessible to All

As a blind student from India, I have had several experiences where a lack of accessibility has prevented me from having the same opportunities as others. People with visual impairments have been struggling with accessibility for a long time, and we urgently need to make sure that accessible information and communication technologies (ICTs) are available […]

mmoney-blog

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 […]

qatar-vodafone-blog

Vodafone Qatar: ITU-T’s Newest Member

In the year 2000, around 5% of Qatar’s citizens were using the Internet and roughly 20% held mobile-cellular subscriptions. Fast-forward to 2012, an appropriate analogy, and 88% of the population were online and the number of mobile-cellular subscriptions in the country exceeded the number of people by around 30%. Qatar’s population is now 99% urban, […]

itu-interns-blog

ITU Interns Raise Their Voices: Creating a Better World Post-2015

We, the interns at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), believe the world has much to gain from hearing our voices and listening to our ideas. Even more so, we believe global development policy will be enriched if policy leaders act and follow through on these ideas. Representing 33 countries from all over the world, we […]

youthemployment-blog

Innovative ICT Solutions for Youth Employment

The latest ITU report,  Digital Opportunities:  Innovative ICT Solutions for Youth Employment, carries an important message for youth, the private sector, academia and government policy makers seeking to address youth unemployment:  youth need digital skills if they want to get a job or start a business. Digital literacy is effectively a prerequisite for employment and […]

girls-day-blog

Girls Get Inspired on Girls in ICT Day

On April 15th, 2014 I had the great pleasure of taking part of Girls in ICT Day at ITU Headquarters in Geneva. Only in its 4th year as a UN recognized International Day, Girls in ICT Day has truly been a global success. With companies, governments and civil society all playing their role in promoting […]

girl-accessibility

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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