Information and Communication Technology for Development | Asian Development Bank

Information and Communication Technology for Development

Publication | December 2010
Information and Communication Technology for Development

The role of information and communication technology in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world transcends geographical boundaries, economies, and sectors. 

Over the past decade, information and communication technology (ICT) has helped create the most rapidly growing industry sectors, driven efficiency in government and business operations, and developed the essential building blocks to a knowledge-based economy.

The ability of ICT to change the way people do things is either hidden in internal processes - such as how a government office manages data collection - or manifest in the end product - such as digital support for health care services in a remote province. While the level and nature of the benefits of ICT may differ for every stakeholder, there is a consensus of what ICT can help provide to governments, businesses, and citizens: faster access to relevant information, an efficient means for communication, an enhanced ability to make informed decisions, and a voice to otherwise unheard peoples.

As these cases from ADB would show, access to ICT alone will not result in significant, lasting change. It is the adoption of appropriate technology, paralleled with an enabling policy environment, a responsive and needs-based approach, improved individual and institutional capacity, nurtured partnerships with key stakeholders, leadership by local champions, effectively managed change, and sustained support that make the difference.


  • Introduction
  • Making ICT Work for Education in Mongolia: Issues, Challenges and Solutions
  • Pioneer Private Sector Partnership Expands Education in Sri Lanka
  • Samoa SchoolNet: Connecting Remote Pacific Islands and Providing Community Access
  • Health Education: Reaching Remote Ethnic Minorities in the Greater Mekong Subregion Using Information and Communication Technology
  • Innovative Information and Communication Technologies: Expanding Rural Health Service Access in Mongolia
  • Linking Research and Farmers: Transfer of Rice Information through Information and Communication Technology
  • South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Information and Communication Technology Development: Framework for Connecting South Asia
  • Connecting Afghanistan through Mobile Phones
  • BIMP-EAGA Website: Supporting Trade and Investment by Facilitating Access to Information
  • The Asia Recovery Information Center, Early Warning System, and Asian Bonds Online: ADB Projects Responding to Client Needs
  • Information and Communication Technology for the Transport System in the People's Republic of China: A Developing Country Pathway