A Guide to Measuring the Impact of Right to Information Programmes: Practical Guidance Note [English]. 2006
This Guide outlines key considerations for understanding the baseline situation for monitoring right to information programmes, it explains the importance of establishing clear and specific right to information programme outcomes.
Arab Human Development Report 2003 [English][Arabic]. 2003
Building a Knowledge Society - Building a Knowledge Society: Despite the presence of significant human capital in the region, many constraints, including governance, hamper the acquisition, diffusion and production of knowledge in Arab societies. The Report affirms that knowledge can help the region to expand the scope of human freedoms, enhance the capacity to guarantee those freedoms through better governance, and achieve the higher moral human goals of justice and human dignity. It also underlines the importance of knowledge to Arab countries as a powerful driver of economic growth through higher productivity.
Broadband for Development in the ESCWA Region - Enhancing Access to ICT Services in a Global Knowledge Society [English]. 2007
This report highlights the vast development potential in the ESCWA region as it moves towards the broadband revolution, with examples of concrete business cases focused on selected countries. It also provides an assessment of factors that hinder the deployment and spread of broadband, while proposing concrete actions to guide ESCWA member countries in their quest for enhanced infrastructure to build the knowledge society. It is meant to help stakeholders in the development of broadband in the ESCWA region, including governments, regulators, operators, service providers and civil society at large.
Building Knowledge Societies: The Renewal of Democratic Practices in Knowledge Societies [English]. 2004
The report focuses on the political consequences of knowledge societies, and their capacities for strengthening democracy and good governance.
Development Divide in a Digital Age: An Issues paper [English]. 2001
This paper considers the role that information and communications technologies (ICTs) can realistically be expected to play in improving the level of living and quality of life of people in different parts of the world.
From Information Society to Knowledge Societies [English][Arabic]. 2005
This report tackles four key principles that are essential for the development of equitable knowledge societies building which are equal access to education; freedom of expression; universal access to information based on a guarantee of a strong public domain of information; and the preservation and promotion of cultural diversity, including multilingualism.
Impact of Information and Communication Technology on Economic Growth in the MENA Countries 2006 [English]. 2006
The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which the accumulation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has contributed to economic growth in MENA countries, and how this compares with the role played in different groups of developed and developing countries.
Indicator of the Information Society in Syria, 2004 [English][Arabic]. 2004
National ICT Strategy for Socio-Economic Development in Syria
Information and Communications for Development - Global Trends and Policies [English].
This report analyzes ICT in light of lessons from both developing and developed countries. It examines the roles of the public and private sectors, identifying the challenges involved in adopting and expanding ICT use as well as the direct and indirect benefits of doing so.
Information Economy Report 2005 [English][Arabic][French]. 2005
The report highlights the extent to which developing countries are striving to close the gap that separates the “information haves and have-nots”. It describes the enormous challenges the world still faces in key areas such as increasing access to the Internet and strengthening the security of the online environment. It also shows that when there is awareness, political will and stakeholder involvement in national “e-strategies”, progress in the use of ICTs for development is already an exciting reality.
Information Economy Report 2006: the Development Perspective [English][Arabic][French]. 2006
This report is designed to help policymakers in developing countries make informed choices in the field of ICT and e-business. It analyses the specific policy challenges facing developing countries, proposes possible means to address them and identifies and disseminates existing international best practice.
Information Economy Report 2007-2008: Science and Technolgy for Development: The New Paradigm of ICT [English][Arabic][French]. 2008
This report analyses the contribution of information and communication technology (ICT) to growth and development. It highlights the importance of open access to knowledge and, hence, the importance of diffusion and sharing of knowledge and technology, especially in the case of developing countries.
Kuwait - Human Development Report 2000 . 2000
Knowledge Society and Human Development.
Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture, and Dissent [English]. 2009
This study explores the structure and content of the Arabic blogosphere using link analysis, term frequency analysis, and human coding of individual blogs. We identified a base network of approximately 35,000 active Arabic language blogs (about half as many as we found in a previous study of the Persian blogosphere), discovered several thousand Arabic blogs with mixed use of Arabic, English and French, created a network map of the 6,000 most connected blogs, and with a team of Arabic speakers hand coded over 4,000 blogs. The goal for the study was to produce a baseline assessment of the networked public sphere in the Arab Middle East, and its relationship to a range of emergent issues, including politics, media, religion, culture, and international affairs.
Quality Assessment of Computer Science and Business Administration Education in Arab Universities: A Regional Overview Report [English]. 2005
The report was based on detailed internal and external reviews of Computer Science programmes in a group of 15 Arab universities (2002-2003), and of Business Administration programmes in a group of 16 Arab universities (2003-2004).
Telecoms and Media: An overview of regulation in Egypt [English]. 2009
The Arab Knowledge Report 2009: Towards productive intercommunication for knowledge [English][Arabic]. 2009
The report maintains that political, institutional, cultural and intellectual reforms, as well as reform of the media and information technologies are vital if Arab societies are to bridge the knowledge gap. The report addresses the factors that impede the establishment of a knowledge society in the Arab world and assesses the state of education, information and communication technologies, research and innovation in the region. It concludes with a roadmap for action so that the Arab world can integrate itself in a rapidly globalising knowledge society.
The Contribution of ICT to Freedom and Democracy: an Empirical Analysis of Archival Data on the Middle East [English]. 2008
A publication of the Electronic Journal on Information Systems in Developing Countries. This study is based on an empirical analysis of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) archival data for ten Middle Eastern countries: Bahrain, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and United Arab Emirates for the period of 1995-2003. Using a set of regression analyses, this paper shows that ICT expansion in the Middle East has not only resulted in the reduction of the Digital Divide between this region and developed countries, it has also had a positive impact on promoting democracy and freedom of expression in a region that suffers most from political, social and global conflicts.
UNDP - Human Development Report 2001 [English][French]. 2001
Making New Technologies Work for Human Development. This report looks into how technology networks are transforming the traditional map of development, expanding people's horizons and creating the potential to realize sooner a progress that required generations in the past.
UNDP - Regional Human Development Report - South East-Asia [English]. 2005
This regional HDR "Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realizing the Millennium Development Goals" is a major step towards bringing ICT to the center of the development debate. The Report's unique approach lies in its use of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to measure and monitor the impact of ICTs on human development. Its comparative study across the nine countries in Asia highlights both the qualitative and quantitative linkages between ICTs and human development and the channels through which the linkage effects occur.
UNDP Practice Note - Access to Information [English][Arabic][French]. 2003
Based on UNDP’s country experience and consultations with selected specialists from European/Nordic donors, international Civil Society Organizations and other multilateral organizations, the Access to Information practice note introduces a conceptual model for access to information. By combining the conceptual model with UNDP’s comparative advantage in this area, four main support areas emerge: (1) Strengthening the legal and regulatory environment for freedom and pluralism in information; (2) Supporting capacity strengthening, networking, and elevation of standards of media at national and local levels to promote the exchange of independent and pluralist information; (3) Raising awareness on rights to official information and strengthening mechanisms to provide and access information; and (4) Strengthening communication mechanisms for vulnerable groups.
Women 2000 and Beyond: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women through ICT [English]. 2005
This report, published by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (UN-DAW), providing a summary of critical gender equality issues related to ICT and development and outlines potential opportunities for women’s economic, social and political empowerment. Key strategies and tools to address the gender digital divide in national and international contexts are also presented.

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