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IC4D 2012 
About three-quarters of the world's inhabitants now have access to a mobile phone, offering new opportunities, from access to education and health information to mobile cash and citizen involvement. .


Little Data Book
ICT Strategy 


A collection of publications by staff of the Global ICT department. See also: 
Publications from Information for Development Program (infoDev).


ICT Glossary Guide
The 100 most commonly used ICT-related terms and definitions.


Audio/Video files related to the work of the ICT Sector Unit.

WorldBankICT Visual/Brand Guidelines

Broadband Strategies Handbook 


ICT for Developement (IC4D)

ICT Policy Notes 

New ICT Strategy 2012



eProcurement Reference Guide @

Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development
Framework of developing multi-stakeholder partnership for ICT measurement at the regional and international levels.

Tracking the Millennium Development Goals
Provides regional and time trend of the three ICT indicators selected for measuring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Provides a list of survey data that may be of use to ICT-researchers, as well as access to the DDP's listing of surveys with ICT-related questions.

Engendering ICT Toolkit
The purpose of this toolkit is to identify opportunities, highlight innovative projects and activities, and suggest how the World Bank and other agencies can help realize the potential for gender equality. The toolkit is divided into 10 sections and it contains checklists, evaluation tools, examples of good practices, and resources that can be used to incorporate gender into ICT projects and project components. The toolkit has been designed for general distribution to researchers, educators, and development practitioners.

Useful Links
Relevant web links to World Bank Group pages as well as external sites. Please note that links provided do not necessarily represent endorsement of the content or organisation.

ICT At-a-Glance Tables 
The World Bank ICT At-a-Glance country tables present, in one easy to understand table, the most recent country-specific ICT data drawn from many sources. They offer a snapshot of the economic and social context, the structure, and the performance of the ICT sector for 144 economies. Data are shown for 144 economies with populations of more than 1 million for which timely and reliable information exists. The table of Key ICT indicators for other economies presents 64 additional economies- those with sparse data, smaller economies with populations of between 30,000 and 1 million, and other that are members of the World Bank. The data in the tables are categorized into three sections:

  • Economic and social context provides a snapshot of the country’s macroeconomic and social environment. (Data Sources: UNDP and World Bank)
  • ICT sector structure provides an overview of regulatory and policy status in the telecommunication sector. (Data Sources: ITU, WEF)
  • ICT sector performance provides stastical data on the ICT sector with indicators for access, quality, affordability, institutional efficiency and sustainability, and ICT applications. (Data Sources: Global Insight/WITSA, ITU, Netcraft, UNDESA, UNPAN, and World Bank)

Definitions and sources and country classification of economies are also provided.

Private Infrastructure Projects Database 
Telecom Sector Data Snapshots
The Private Participation in Infrastructure Projects Database is a joint product of the World Bank’s Infrastructure Economics and Finance Department and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). Its purpose is to identify and disseminate information on private participation in infrastructure projects in low- and middle-income countries. The database highlights the contractual arrangements used to attract private investment, the sources and destination of investment flows, and information on the main investors. By providing critical data and analysis to government policy-makers, consumer representatives, the donor community, and other stakeholders, the database contributes to the public debate on the private provision of infrastructure.

The site currently provides information on almost 3,000 infrastructure projects between 1984 and 2004. It contains over 30 fields per project record, including country, financial closure year, infrastructure services provided, type of private participation, technology, capacity, project location, contract duration, private sponsors, and development bank support.

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