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Selected Development Account project success stories

Creating a new area of statistics

The Capacity-building for information and communication technology measurement and policy (06/07L) project was innovative in the sense that it created a new area of statistics. Assistance and training was provided in producing sound and comparable statistics on ICT.

A first important step was the creation of the Partnership for Measuring ICT for Development on the occasion of UNCTAD XI in 2004. The partnership is a multi-stakeholders initiative to improve the availability and quality of ICT data and indicators.

The Development Account project was intended to respond to the World Summit on the Information Society Geneva Plan of Action and the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, which called for the development of statistical indicators for benchmarking and performance evaluation and to track global progress in the use of ICTs. One of the main success factors of the project was its close affiliation with the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development. This contributed to identify the best expert advice in this area and to achieve coordination efficiencies in organizing training activities and strengthening existing networks of statistical officers. A final list of indicators was adopted and a final manual. These tools laid a solid basis for countries to develop their capacity in developing ICT statistics in a sustainable way.

Overall more than 630 representatives from 104 developing countries benefited from participation in events organized around the project. The training material developed for the course, in particular the Manual for the Production of Statistics on the Information Economy, is now a central reference with regards to producing internationally comparable ICT indicators and is continuing to play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of the production of such indicators. The impact of the project continues to be observed through the gradually increasing number of developing countries that produce internationally comparable ICT indicators.