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Geneva, 8 June 2015 – President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated today as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva. This builds on the BYND2015 Youth Summit organized by ITU in San José, Costa Rica in 2013 where young participants from around the world called on governments to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governance to reach more people more easily than presently possible. They emphasized that the key to a successful development paradigm will be innovation and asked for education systems that equip students with not just theoretical knowledge, but with a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills needed to compete in the global digital economy.

Digital Strategies for Development Summit 2015 to take center stage in the Philippines – FREE Registration for Telecentres and Partners!

In this digital age, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is reshaping the lives of the people. It has facilitated growth and development and at the same time created opportunities for the different sectors in our society. However, not everyone has the access or the skills for the available digital resources. With this socioeconomic disparity among the people, there is a definite call to accelerate digital inclusion through innovative solutions across all industries – the very purpose of the Summit. READ MORE

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Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit - A guide for training people in basic mobile internet skills, in India.

Introducing the toolkit

Mobile phones are much more than just a tool for making calls.


Mobile phones are much more than just a tool for making calls.

Increasingly they are the primary way people across the world access the internet. Whilst the internet can provide a wide range of benefits to the user, it requires specific skills and knowledge to use a mobile phone effectively. This means that people who lack the skills and understanding are unable to access these life-enhancing services.

Please feel free to download, print and use any, or all, of these training materials. To reuse, or host this material, please contact

You can…


Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 23, 2016 at 3:07pm


Remarkable progress has been made in establishing Digital Bangladesh. Mobile subscribers increased from 20mn to 134mn and internet users from 0.5mn to 54mn in last 7 years. IT/ITeS export has grown by more than 10 times. Hi-tech/software parks are being built and special incentive package has been declared. Thus, Bangladesh is rising in the global landscape as the next ICT destination.

By 2021, Bangladesh will have a population of 170 million plus and half of this population will be made up of women. If the country is to achieve the 8 percent GDP growth it hopes for, making sure that women entrepreneurs are able to reach their full potential and fully contribute to the economy will be essential.

Female entrepreneurship and the formation of women business networks is steadily rising in our country. In collaboration with the country’s telecom operator, is designing an ICT-based solution that capitalizes on the country’s over 134 million phone subscribers to help Men and…


Posted by krishibid durlave roy on May 10, 2016 at 1:23pm

Should ICT4D Be Sidestreamed or Mainstreamed?

Around the time of the MDGs, ICT4D became the focus for a critical mass of activity; a “sidestreaming” approach that saw specialist ICT4D units arise in a number of international and national organisations. Following the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), this was largely mainstreamed, with specialist units being disbanded or shrinking, and ICT4D expertise seen as diffused into the main development sectors. There is a logic to mainstreaming – if done right – in ensuring integration of ICTs into a broad range of development goals.

But there are also many dangers of just mainstreaming, as I have previously summarised:

  • You lose the focus for learning about ICT4D;
  • You hide or downplay technological innovation which…

Posted by Cleopa Timon Otieno on May 4, 2016 at 8:31pm

Teleworking: Is this option right for employment of persons with disabilities

Working at home, sometimes called remote working, teleworking or telecommuting, is an important option for many persons with disabilities because it allows for more flexibility and may be only employment possibility to produce better results than working in a conventional workplace. It seeks to find jobs and working hours from home for making money online. It is a possible form of employment for persons with disabilities provided care is taken over selection of workers, identification of work that is suited to the telework format and management of telework units by employers.

Teleworking can be much simpler to deal with all persons with disabilities, with (visible or invisible), whatever accessible workplace, attitudes at an office or other place of work.



Posted by Nabil Eid on April 17, 2016 at 4:12pm


Flavor of the Month of November: "How has TCF helped you or your organization in the last 5 years?” 13 Replies

Dear member,As Foundation (TCF) will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary this November, we would love to hear from you particularly on how TCF has helped you or your organization in the last 5 years.  We kindly request that you share with us what were the initiatives that have benefited you the most. We…Continue

Tags: discussion, forum, Flavor of the Month, impact, anniversary

Started by Seu Yapa in Flavor of the Month. Last reply by Seu Yapa Nov 23, 2014.



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