Category ICT for Sustainable Development

Inclusive e-commerce as catalyst for future economic growth: Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Jack Ma, founder and Chairman of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba – and the United Nations’ Special Advisor for Youth, Entrepreneurship and Small Business at UNCTAD — inspired audiences at UNCTAD’s E-Commerce Week on the theme of inclusive e-commerce. As one of the most anticipated events of the week, the Digital Transformation for All: Empowering Entrepreneurs and […]

How Estonia became a leader in tech startups and entrepreneurship

Estonia, the birthplace of Skype, has in recent years enjoyed a well-earned reputation as a startup hotspot — a mini Silicon Valley in the Baltics. But now it’s being recognized as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe — at least according to a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report that includes analysis of “intrapreneurs” who formulate and implement new ideas within organizations. […]

Agritech app brings Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy

Ari.farm, a new agritech app, is helping to bring nomadic Somali livestock farmers into the digital economy. The idea was inspired by a relatively new concept called “crowd-farming,” an agricultural adaptation of crowd-funding, which connects farmers with investors through a digital platform. As ICT development and access to mobile internet in developing countries is crucial to […]

Innovation: Seedstars Summit awards best emerging-market tech startups

In the sunshine filled open space of the SwissTech Convention Centre, a young woman in a blue varsity jacket holds up a sign that reads “Industry Group Networking.” She interrupts a one-on-one conversation to make sure that her sign is read, and invites the couple to join a larger group discussion. A young man wearing […]

The next frontier is here: 3 key capabilities that make AI so valuable

We live in a time of great transformation. Over the last thirty years, technology has fueled a host of changes in how we live, work, and enable the public good. Now, we’re on the cusp of a major change that could revolutionize almost every sector, industry, and government service. This change is Artificial Intelligence (AI) […]

Mobile learning week: 3 projects mobilizing technology to empower refugees

In Ritsona refugee camp in Greece, a Syrian refugee types in the Arabic words for “phone credit” into a free translation app on his smart phone. Instantly, the correct pronunciation in Greek is read out to him. After a few times practicing these new words, he visits the nearest store to top up his prepaid […]

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 […]