Category Brahima Sanou

#GSR16: Global Dialogue on Digital Financial Inclusion

Today, we are seeing information and communication technologies (ICTs) as the foundation of economic and social development. At ITU, we work more and more with non-traditional ICT players because ICTs are increasingly recognized an essential pillar of many areas of life in the converged ICT ecosystem. That’s why this year, for the first time, ITU’s annual […]

ICTs present big opportunities for development

Today, technology is increasingly recognized as a pillar of social and economic development. And the value and impact of information and communication technology (ICT) is set to grow as new technologies – including the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G-enabled technology, and artificial intelligence – are the building blocks of tomorrow’s ‘smart societies’. Positive development can […]

New ICT Development Index (IDI) to be released next week

Next week, on 30 November 2015, ITU will release the annual ICT Development Index (IDI), the most accurate global analysis of information and communication technology (ICT) development. The IDI is a powerful benchmark that helps countries and development partners track their progress and identify gaps so that ICTs can reach their full potential as drivers […]

Can collaboration keep pace with ICT change?

A call to action from BDT Director, Brahima Sanou The world’s most pressing information and communication technology (ICT) issues are being discussed and debated by a wide variety of key stakeholders at this week’s ITU Telecom World 2015 event in Budapest, Hungary. During the first day of the event, Brahima Sanou, Director of the International […]

Promoting National ICT Accessibility Frameworks

Information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility for persons with disabilities is a priority for ITU members. At the 2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14), ITU members recognized the need to ensure that the one billion people living with some form of disability can use ICTs in order to empower them to reach their full potential. […]

ICTs Expand Market Access in Developing Countries

Developing countries can leapfrog their development pursuits by leveraging information and communication technologies (ICTs). Such technologies have demonstrated the capability to facilitate the flow of information, vital for the marketing of goods and services by developing countries to potential customers that may be thousands of kilometres away, through the establishment of websites and telemarketing. Transactions […]

The Statistical Analysis of Targets: Measuring the Connect 2020 Agenda

In order to drive the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) agenda, we need to set ambitious and achievable targets. The Connect 2020 agenda details such a vision to ensure the continued role of ICTs as a key enabler for social, economic and environmentally sustainable growth and development worldwide. The agenda includes 17 targets for […]