United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) has launched the annual publication of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) called ‘Information Economy Report 2010: ICT, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation’ on 14 October, 2010.
The report analyses current trends and major international policy issues regarding information and communication technologies and their use for, and effect on, trade and development. It promises to be a valuable reference source for policymakers in developing countries.
The report reflects success stories from pioneering initiatives undertaken by Katalyst in the field of ICT. Recognizing the accumulated knowledge and experience- which could serve as learning for others involved in ICT innovation around the world. The report acknowledges the work of ICT in Bangladesh with special mention of two initiatives cited as effective global examples of how ICT can help reduce poverty. One of them is the GPCIC and the other is Banglalink Krishi Jigyasha 7676.
The evidence presented in this report suggests that more attention is needed from the policymakers and stakeholders to explore the opportunities in the field of ICT in relation to poverty alleviation. For the first time, there are realistic opportunities for people living in remote areas in low-income countries to get services and information via ICT. This opens new opportunities for poor farmers, fisherfolk and entrepreneurs to develop their businesses and livelihoods, reduce time spent on information search, transactions costs and benefit from improved market efficiency. The report explores policy options for countries seeking to make the most of the new opportunities to leverage ICTs and enterprise to bring tangible benefits to the poor.
The report was presented by Shahroz Jalil, Director, Services Group, Katalyst and Md. Ali Reza, Head, UNIC was present at the ceremony. Prior to releasing the report, Katalyst was invited by UNCTAD to share its experience in ICT and its link to poverty alleviation in a closed door ad-hoc expert meeting held in Geneva in November, 2009. An expert group consisting of practitioners, academics, bilateral agencies, NGOs and others participated in the preparatory event for the Information Economy report for 2010.
All major national media houses, practitioners and other stakeholders were present at the event. The full report can be accessed in the link: