ADB's Focus on Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
In the Spotlight
Palau's high-speed internet is the latest milestone under the North Pacific Regional Connectivity Investment Project. It boosts international connectivity, providing opportunities for women.
ADB's Board of Directors has approved a $15 million loan for an internet submarine cable project to connect Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.
Improving the Delivery of Social Protection through ICT - Case Studies in Mongolia, Nepal, and Viet Nam
Integration of information and communication technology (ICT) in social protection is driven by the demand for more accurate and efficient service. Some enabling factors for faster take-up of ICT in social protection programs are present in Mongolia, Nepal, and Viet Nam.
Cybercafés arise as small urban businesses but are not financially viable in rural areas. Telecenters are a governmental response, modeled after cybercafés, to try to bring the benefits of computers and the internet to underserved rural communities.
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.