The spread of internet, social media and wireless communication in developing countries has contributed to rapid growth in efforts to harness the power of information and communication technology (ICT) for development. The new report Children, ICTs and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges, on ICT for development and children, has been released by the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.
Developed in collaboration with the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London and Jigsaw Consult, the study is a global mapping of ICT4D projects and programmes focusing on children. The report also includes a survey of 35 leading experts in the field - development practitioners, academics, and business leaders - who provide important insights on current use of ICTs to improve the situation of vulnerable children.
UNICEF is committed to overcoming barriers affecting the world’s most marginalized children, and is increasingly implementing efforts to harness the potential of ICT to empower disadvantaged communities. UNICEF has announced a year-long focus on 'Innovation for equity', dedicating the 2014 edition of its flagship publication: 'State of the World’s Children' to this theme. The equity perspective - on gender, ethnicity, age, education and rural/urban divide - is a consistent theme throughout the new ICT4D report.