Category SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals

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In Trinidad, a regional model for how apps can help farmers

In May 2016, a multi-disciplinary research project started by a group of computer science lecturers at The University of the West Indies won international recognition at the ITU World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland. AgriNeTT placed in the top 5 among a host of international e-agriculture projects for its support to the […]

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Bringing ICT-enabled medical services to Germany’s refugees

A Farsi-speaking mother and her sick child sat in the makeshift doctor’s office, a little afraid. Sitting in a converted shipping container, a German-speaking doctor treated the child for an eye problem. “Within 15 minutes, the mother with the child was happy … and could be treated,” said Harald Neidhardt, Curator and CEO at MLOVE, […]

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2017’s Top 5 AI trends are about far more than technology: Stephen Ibaraki

We are now at a unique moment in world history – an inflection point in which we are starting to see an unprecedented acceleration of economic, cultural, and societal change. This change is driven by what I call ‘A Triple C’: Automation; time Compression in new innovations; Convergence in biological and digital existences; ubiquitous Connectivity. The underlying catalyst of […]

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Technovation launch 2017 season after GEM-TECH Award helped them expand

The annual GEM-TECH Awards celebrate personal or organizational achievements and innovative strategies to advance Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs). ITU News recently caught up with one of the 2015 GEM-TECH winners, Technovation, to find out how winning had a positive impact on their work. The GEM-TECH Awards are […]

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ITU to join new global initiative to expand digital financial inclusion

Just over two years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined ITU to establish a  Focus Group on Digital Financial Services for Financial Inclusion. The goal was to tackle some of the main challenges countries face when promoting access to finance through ‘mobile money services’ which have proved successful in a number of emerging […]

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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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Zain, UNHCR and Facebook collaborate to support Connectivity for Refugees initiative in Jordan

More than 724,000 refugees to receive free high-speed internet access for five years Initiative addresses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) At the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development meeting in New York held on 18 September 2016, Zain Group, a mobile operator across the Middle East and Africa, announced a collaboration with the United […]