Category Gary Fowlie

Five ideas to bring the world’s next four billion people online. Which will win?

As we work for progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I believe that there is one intervention that will enable progress on all 17 goals: harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social good. Internet, mobile and telecommunication networks have the power to connect people to health care, education and […]

Humanitarian aid is as close as your phone

There are more than 60 million people in the world today who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and armed conflict. Images of refugees arriving on the shores of Europe have become a grim reality of our 24-hour news cycle. But instead of reaching out for food or medical attention, they […]

How can ICTs support Sustainable Financial Development?

The international community will usher in a new era of global development when it meets to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September this year. The United Nations Financing for Development conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week, discussed the financial and policy investments necessary to support the ambitious post-2015 agenda which, in […]

The Catalytic Role of ICTs in the #Post2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

In 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized global efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. The development agenda framework outlined 21 measurable targets across eight goals on issues such as poverty, health, environment and gender equality to be achieved over a 15 year timeframe. As the MDGs […]