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Digital Development Partnership Annual Review 2018: Moving the needle – digital technologies becoming a driver for development.

Digital Development Partnership Annual Review 2018: Moving the needle – digital technologies becoming a driver for development.

The launch of the 2018 Annual Review of the Digital Development Partnership (DDP) is an excellent opportunity to look back at the milestones achieved and the numerous initiatives implemented during the second year of DDP. I would like to extend greetings and best wishes to all the clients, donors, and partners involved in this ongoing collaboration. In my previous role as World Bank s Vice President for Africa, I have witnessed and supported the rapid uptake of digital technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa. As evidenced by the emergence of mobile payments in East Africa, the expansion of smart grids in Central…

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Building confidence in a data driven economy by assuring consumer redress

Building confidence in a data driven economy by assuring consumer redress

The Internet enables people to choose to live their lives, not in isolation or within a closed local community, but connected to fellow humans throughout the entire globe independent of location. The Internet provides humanity with a tool, shrinking distance, increasing scope and speed of connectivity and allowing access to information every where at any time. It is a tool for good, enabling a digital economy as well as social interaction. However, it is also a tool that can be misused by criminals and people who wish us harm such as hate speech, bullying, abusive images, targeted misinformation shaping decisions…

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ITU Background Paper: Preparing for WRC-19 – Understanding the issues at stake and the impact of decisions to be made

ITU Background Paper: Preparing for WRC-19 – Understanding the issues at stake and the impact of decisions to be made

The increasing use of wireless technologies, and the opportunities for social development that these technologies provide, highlight the importance of radio-frequency spectrum and national spectrum management processes. Increased demand requires that spectrum be used efficiently and that effective spectrum management processes and (computerized) systems be implemented to facilitate the deployment of radio systems and ensure minimum interference. Spectrum use must be coordinated and regulated through both national regulations and the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). National spectrum management consists of the structures, procedures, and regulations whereby an administration controls the use of the radio spectrum within its…

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Economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation: Econometric modelling for Africa

Economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation: Econometric modelling for Africa

The transformative power of digital technologies and connectivity is empowering people, creating an environment that nurtures innovation, and is triggering positive change in business processes and in the global economy. The recent ITU study on the economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation pro- vided a global econometric analysis of robust and reliable data resources to measure the impact of fixed and mobile broadband and digital transformation on the economy as a whole. It also analysed the impact of institutional and regulatory variables to the development of the digital ecosystem. Based on the data and analysis to measure the…

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The economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation: Econometric modelling for the Americas

The economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation: Econometric modelling for the Americas

The transformative power of digital technologies and connectivity is empowering people, creating an environment that nurtures innovation, and is triggering positive change in business processes and in the global economy. The recent ITU study on the economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation pro- vided a global econometric analysis of robust and reliable data resources to measure the impact of fixed and mobile broadband and digital transformation on the economy as a whole. It also analysed the impact of institutional and regulatory variables to the development of the digital ecosystem. Based on the data and analysis to measure the…

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The economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation Econometric modelling for the Asia-Pacific region

The economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation Econometric modelling for the Asia-Pacific region

The transformative power of digital technologies and connectivity is empowering people, creating an environment that nurtures innovation, and is triggering positive change in business processes and in the global economy. The ITU study on the economic contribution of broadband, digitization and ICT regulation provided a global econometric analysis of robust and reliable data resources to measure the impact of fixed and mobile broadband and digital transformation on the economy as a whole. It also analysed the impact of institutional and regulatory variables to the development of the digital ecosystem. Based on the data and analysis to measure the impact of…

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ICT infrastructure business planning toolkit 2019

ICT infrastructure business planning toolkit 2019

Our increasingly digital society, built around high-speed always-on access to services, applications and content, depends on ubiquitous, affordable, modern, and resilient ICT infrastructure. Extending broadband Internet access to unserved and underserved populations to fast-forward progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals is one of the core pillars of telecommunication and ICT public policy and regulation around the globe. At the end of 2018 ITU revealed that, for the first time, more than half the global population now uses the Internet. While that figure is encouraging, we must remember that half the world connected also means half the world unconnected. Chronic…

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Global ICT Regulatory Outlook Summary

Global ICT Regulatory Outlook Summary

This edition of the Global ICT Regulatory Outlook builds on its predecessor first edition. New this year is unique evidence from around the world charting the evolution of policy and regulation in ICTs and, by extension, in the digital economy. This is an exciting time for regulators and what they need more than ever, is detailed evidence to support their decision making, enabling them to lead the way in digital transformation with confidence. This report is based on inputs from 190 countries and offers an objective/neutral perspective on the latest trends driving ICT policy and regulation. Regulatory topics are explored…

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Giving Sisyphus a Helping Hand: Pathways for Sustainable RIA Systems in Developing Countries

Giving Sisyphus a Helping Hand: Pathways for Sustainable RIA Systems in Developing Countries

Over the last few decades, Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) has emerged as a key instrument to support evidence-based and coordinated policy-making. The systematic use of RIA is recognized as a key means to improve the efficiency, transparency and accountability of decision making (OECD 2015). RIA typically also encourages several good governance features, and contribute to a better business-enabling environment (Ladegaard 2005; OECD 2008). Starting in the US and the UK in the 1980s, RIA gained popularity and traction in the second half of the 1990s. By 2015, all 34 members of the OECD at the time reported to have some…

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Vulnerabilities Slow Growth

Vulnerabilities Slow Growth

GDP growth in the Western Balkans slowed from 3.1 percent in 2016 to an estimated 2.4 percent in 2017. Regional growth in 2017 is less optimistic than the 2.6 percent expected when the Fall issue of this report was published. It slowed in Serbia due to a harsh winter and stalled in FYR Macedonia, where the political crisis deterred both public and private investment. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) grew at a rate like the last two years. The dynamism of the smaller economies of Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro drove regional growth in 2017, with support from higher growth in trading…

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