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.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 08:00 - 08:30
Getting the Basics Right: The Digital Divide and its Impact on Achieving the SDGs

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Over the past several years, an expanding number of global organizations have focused attention on supporting socioeconomic development through expanded leverage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This has been represented in the WTDC's Dubai Declaration in April 2014, and more recently within the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in July of 2015. The establishment of the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030 in September 2015, in combination of ITU's Connect 2020, further highlight and strengthen this ICT4D commitment.

Within the SDG's, specific attention is highlighted by Target 9, where with respects to those countries most in need of socioeconomic development, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), there needs to be a priority focus on expanding affordable Internet access by 2020. This theme is further expanded by ITU's Connect 2020 Agenda, though it reaches even beyond the LDCs. Connectivity is one of the themes reflected within the SDG-ICT Playbook as it is a fundamental cross-cutting topic needing attention.

This presentation will build off this growing global consensus by drilling down and adding definition to this Digital Challenge linking the connectivity challenge to the #1 SDG priority of eliminating poverty with the current connectivity divide. Further, it will put forward a suggested ecosystem approach for addressing not simply the connectivity shortfall, but also the need for addressing the essential value-added content and services and adoption by those most in need.

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Darrell Owen

International Development Consultant, Owen & Owen
Darrell Owen has been engaged in socioeconomic-focused Digital Development for over 22 years, initially as an employee of USAID, but also as an independent consultant to both the private and public sectors. With a Master’s degree in Telecommunications, Darrell’s focus has been... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 08:00 - 08:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre