Category SMEs/Innovation

WSIS Prizes

Nominate projects for WSIS Prizes 2017: Only two weeks left!

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is calling for nominations for WSIS Prizes 2017, an annual award that recognizes and rewards successful development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that also help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The contest closes on 15 February 2017. Eligible stakeholders can […]

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How ‘Tawasol’ project leverages ICTs to expand STEM education in Tunisia

Tunisia may be geographically small, but it is historically big. Its 3,000 years of history have been filled with several milestones shaping the country into what it is today. Now, Tunisia is working hard to accelerate the pace of its development. It has seen impressive progress, but there remains a wide gap between urban and rural areas in several […]

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ICT provides a foundation for small business development

The role of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in supporting economic growth and job creation is well recognized. Recently, tech MSMEs and startups have been thrust into focus, with countries around the world seeking to enable domestic ICT ecosystems and encourage home-grown digital products and services, such as online marketplaces which make it easier […]

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How ICT ministries are supporting tech MSMEs and startups: new ITU report

A few months ago, when preparing the Geneva celebration of the 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2016) –  which focused on the theme: “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact”- our team at the ITU had a very intense discussion around the concrete role that ICT ministries* are playing around the world in support […]

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Evolution of a startup: How Souktel uses mobile phones to improve lives

As an international aid worker, Jacob Korenblum couldn’t help but see what was driving the cycle of poverty in the Middle East. Unemployment was rampant — particularly among young people. The problem wasn’t always a lack of jobs. Often they were available. But with limited Internet access, no reliable communication link existed between the labor supply and […]

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ICTs for Africa’s food security: Can Silicon Valley work with ‘Silicon Savannah’?

Food insecurity – being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food – remains a feature of the 21st century. Today, one in four people in Sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished. Yet, the region holds about half of the world’s unused fertile land and the World Bank projects that by 2030, Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness […]

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Will Orange’s PayJoy investment help overcome the connectivity price barrier?

The high price of smartphones often locks those living on the lowest incomes out of today’s digital economy, though they arguably have the most to gain from smartphone ownership. There are more than 2 billion smartphone users worldwide today, but that number is estimated to grow to 6.1 billion smartphone users globally, led by growth […]