Innovation of ict in Developing Countries

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In Developing Countries

Repository (Version 2.0, May 2012)

ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Policy & Technology Watch Division


This repository contains information about activities on ICT innovation and is structured as follows:-

  • ICT innovation activities or programmes at the level of international organizations including U.N organizations;

  • Innovation work or research being done at the level of other institutions

  • Research articles and papers in the field of ICT innovation and

  • Some examples of upcoming innovations that could impact lives of people in developing countries

The initial version of the repository was prepared by the Policy & Technology Watch Division of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau in July 2011.

Table of Contents

Introduction 2

Table of Contents 3

International Organisations 4








United Nations Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD] 9


UN Millennium Project 10

TEDxChange 11

World Bank 12

InfoDev 13

World Bank Institute 14


World Health Organization 15

Other Organizations 16

Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on ICT and Global Development 16

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHi 17

National Innovation Foundation, India 18

Articles and Papers 18

Developing countries and the ICT revolution Final Study 18

Reconsidering the Digital Divide: A Look at Technology Innovation in Developing Countries 19

The Impact of Investment in IT on Economic Performance: Implications for Developing Countries 20

IT innovations and e-service delivery: an exploratory study 20

Information systems in developing countries: a critical research review 21

What Developing-World Companies Teach Us about Innovation 22

Competitiveness Indices and Developing Countries: An Economic Evaluation of the Global Competitiveness Report 23

Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries’ Research 23

Information and communications technology for future health systems in developing countries 24

Adoption of ICT in a government organization in a developing country: An empirical study 25

Information and Communication Technologies and the Effects of Globalization: Twenty-First Century "Digital Slavery" for Developing Countries--Myth or Reality? 26

A Study of the problems associated with ICT adaptability in Developing Countries in the context of Distance Education 26

Information and communication technologies for development: assessing the potential and the risks 27

ICT Innovation in Contemporary India: Three Emerging Narratives 28

How Innovations from Developing Nations Trickle-Up to the West 28

ICT in developing countries : A cross sectoral snapshot 28

Mobile Applications Lab 29

mWomen BOP App Challenge - 2010 29

Mobile Payment 30

International Organisations



Full name of (standards) body / group

Information and communication technologies for international development (ICT4D) 2.0: The Next Phase of Applying ICT for International Development.

General Director

Dr Tim Unwin


Contact point


Summary of activities

“Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). ICT4D focuses on using digital technology to deliver specific development goals (most notably the Millennium Development Goals). ICTD looks much more broadly at use of ICTs in developing countries.

Use of information and communication technologies for international development is moving to its next phase. This will require new technologies, new approaches to innovation, new intellectual integration, and, above all, a new view of the world's poor. The phase change from information and communication technologies for international development (ICT4D) 1.0 to ICT4D 2.0 presents opportunities for informatics professionals and offers new markets for ICT vendors. It also brings new challenges to our established methods of working and emphasizes the need for new expertise and new world views. The paper have shown that ICT4D 2.0 focuses on reframing the poor. Where ICT4D 1.0 marginalized them, allowing a supply-driven focus, ICT4D 2.0 centralizes them, creating a demand-driven focus. Where ICT4D 1.0 - fortified by the "bottom of the pyramid" concept - characterized the poor largely as passive consumers, ICT4D 2.0 sees them as active producers and innovators.”

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