ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/ICTD/2010/1
Publication Type: Reports & studies
Cluster: Statistics, Information Society and Technology
Initiatives: Digital Arabic Content
Keywords: Arab countries, Arabic language, Communication technology, Community development, Digital technology, Economic development, Information technology, Internet domain names, Social development
Review of Information and Communications Technology and Development, Issue 13
Information and communications technology plays a significant role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular in the areas of awareness-raising, capacity-building and shortening distances, among others. The main topic in this issue of the Review of Information and Communications Technology for Development in Western Asia is the impact of Information and Communications Technology on development. It highlights the role of ICT in achieving the MDGs in the Arab countries and summarizes the status of implementation of each of the eight MDGs with examples of initiatives to achieve those goals brought about by governments in cooperation with regional and international organizations. Other articles featured in this issue address regional initiatives aimed at establishing an integrated Arab communications network, ICT-related activities undertaken by ESCWA in the first half of 2010, in addition to articles addressing the impact of ICT on daily life and on the development of local communities, and the advancement of the Arabic digital content.