ADB's Focus on Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
In the Spotlight
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.
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 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.