The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.


Refugees’ Struggle to Access Connectivity

Refugees face major challenges accessing digital technology.  For many, connectivity has become as critical for survival as food, water, and shelter.  Without it, families often cannot escape danger, receive protection, or ensure their loved ones are safe.  UNHCR is working to enhance availability of networks, affortability of devices and plans, and usability of digital services.