ADB's Focus on Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
In the Spotlight
Satellite-based environmental information are innovative solutions that can provide new ways for ADB to serve and address development challenges.
Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific are exploring ways to expand access to affordable financial services to the financially excluded through digital technology.
In developing countries, insufficiencies and inequalities across the dimensions of connectivity, structure, support, and usage constrain what benefits ICT might leverage.
Information and communication technology (ICT) has grown into one of the most powerful forces to shape the 21st century. ICT for Development springs from the desire to leverage ICT to propel economic and social progress and enhance its effects in developing countries, where it can impact over 3 billion people.
Information and communications technology (ICT) has boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery in much of the world. However, broader development benefits have fallen short and are unevenly distributed. Attention to "ICT for Development" springs from the desire to leverage ICT to propel economic and social progress and enhance its positive impacts. ADB aims to catalyze policy and regulatory frameworks, infrastructure, applications, and skills for ICT, with an eye also on standardization and information technology security.