ICTs for Sustainable Development #ICT4SDG

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SG SDG Blog imageITU has been at the forefront of advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) for 150 years, driven by one unifying goal – to connect the world. ICTs already empower billions of individuals around the world, and will be of critical importance as the global community meets to charter a new path for sustainable development in the 21st century.

This week, the international community will agree on a set goals and targets for achieving a sustainable future through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All three pillars of sustainable development – economic development, social inclusion and environmental protection – are accelerated and strengthened through ICTs.

The vital role of ICTs as a catalyst for development is acknowledged in the SDG text, stating “the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and develop knowledge…

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Transform Africa 2015 ICT4D conference

It has been quite a journey.   This began in 2007 in Kigali Rwanda with the Connect Africa Summit.  Quite a good summary here of the ICT conference then. http://blogs.cisco.com/cle/connect-africa-approaching-the-halfway-point  5  or so years later in 2013, Transform Africa conference was in Kigali again.   A post conference analysis by International Telecommunication Union (and generous sponsor and supporter) was done https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/connect/Documents/Post%20Connect%20Africa%20Summit%20Report%20(English).pdf  Next Month October 19-21 Kigali Rwanda proudly hosts Transform Africa 2015.  Website and online registration here http://www.transformafrica2015.org/ .  I have been privileged to take the front seat in Rwanda ICT journey over the last decade. Lots of painful lessons learned.. but also bigger, lots of inspirations on how it all is possible.   Youtube has some pretty cool accolades to Rwanda ICT Journey. This is the first that documented that journey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxH7fRw3Hlc produced by Rwanda Development Board http://www.rdb.rw.

The International Telecommunication Union ITU has been a strong sponsor and brains behind these 3 conferences.  Transform Africa 2015, is a must watch.  Make sure you register and attend Africa premier ICT4D conference.