Toward E-Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Strategic Approach for Information and Communication Technology | Asian Development Bank

Toward E-Development in Asia and the Pacific: A Strategic Approach for Information and Communication Technology

Institutional Document | November 2003

ADB has adopted a strategic approach to assist its developing member countries seize the opportunities created by information and communication technology.

ADB recognizes that information and communication technology (ICT) is a powerful force in shaping the social and economic development of Asia and Pacific, potentially helping developing countries leapfrog stages of economic development.

ADB has adopted a strategic approach to assist its developing member countries seize the opportunities created by ICT. This approach will support ICT-related activities in ADB's developing member countries to enhance the impact of ADB's poverty reduction strategy and other development activities.

Strategic Thrusts

  • Create an enabling environment by fostering:
    • the development of innovative sector policies
    • the strengthening of public institutions
    • the development of ICT facilities, related infrastructure and networks
  • Build human resources to improve knowledge and skills and promote ICT literacy and lifelong learning through e-learning and awareness programs
  • Develop ICT applications and information content for ADB-supported activities, e.g., poverty reduction and good governance

Contents 

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • The Information Revolution
  • Need for an ADB Strategic Approach for ICT
  • Strategic Thrusts
  • Proposed Action Plan
  • Implications for ADB
  • Appendixes