Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)
Fifth Meeting of the TDAG Working Group Document WGPS-07-1/9-E
dealing with Private Sector Issues (WGPS) Date: 2 April 2007
Geneva, 16-17 April 2007 Original: English
Note by the Director of BDT
REVIEW OF STRATEGIC, FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL PLANS RELATED TO
SECTOR MEMBERS/PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVES
A) Strategic ITU orientations and goals as approved at PP-06:
1- The general goals, strategies and priorities of the Union are achieved through the activities
of the Plenipotentiary Conference, the Council, conferences, assemblies, and its three Sectors. The
General Secretariat supports these activities, in particular through the provision of conference
services, centralized common services, information services, legal services, financial planning and
cost control, human resource management, as well as services delivered directly to the membership
such as TELECOM events. One of the Union's more important activities is its role, as part of a
multi-stakeholder process, in the follow-up and implementation of the relevant outcomes of the
WSIS. The purposes of the Union, as set out in Article 1 of the Constitution, apply to the Union as a
whole, so its organizational units share a number of strategic orientations and goals for the 2008-
2- The main mission of the ITU as a pre-eminent intergovernmental organization where
Member States, Sector Members and Associates work together is to enable and foster the growth
and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate
universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging
Information Society. The ITU can achieve this overall mission by:
Goal 1: Maintaining and extending international cooperation among all Member States and
with relevant regional organizations for the improvement and rational use of information and
communication infrastructure of all kinds, taking the appropriate leading role in United Nations
system initiatives on information and communication technologies (ICTs), as called for by the
relevant outcomes of the WSIS.
Goal 2: Assisting in bridging the national and international digital divides in ICTs, by
facilitating interoperability, interconnection and global connectivity of networks and services, and
by playing a leading role, within its mandate, in the multi-stakeholder process for the follow-up and
implementation of the relevant goals and objectives of the WSIS.
Goal 3: Widening the Union's membership, extending and facilitating cooperative participation
of an increasing number of administrations and organizations, as well as new actors1.
Goal 4: Developing tools, based on contributions from members, to promote end-user
confidence, and to safeguard the efficiency, security, integrity, and interoperability of networks1.
Goal 5: Continuing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of ITU's structures and services
and their relevance to the requirements of membership and the wider global community.
Goal 6: Disseminating information and know-how to provide the membership and the wider
community, particularly developing countries, with capabilities to leverage the benefits, inter alia,
of private sector participation, competition, globalization, network security and efficiency, and
technological change in their ICT sector, and enhancing the capacity of ITU Member States, in
particular developing countries, for innovation in ICTs.
Goal 7: Promoting the development of an enabling environment that assists governments in
fostering supportive, transparent, pro-competitive and predictable policies, as well as legal and
regulatory frameworks that provide appropriate incentives for investment in, and development of,
the Information Society
B) Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D)2 main objectives
1- The mission of the ITU-D is to be the pre-eminent promoter and catalyst for
telecommunication/ICT development and the bridge between relevant partners involved in
ICTs, with a view to fostering equitable and sustainable access to innovative and affordable
services, especially in developing and least developed countries, while at the same time
developing synergies between relevant outcomes of WSIS and ITU-D programmes and
2- The ITU-D has seven main objectives (not listed in any special order):
2.1 Objective 1: To organize and strengthen cooperation among ITU-D Members and between
ITU-D and other stakeholders, reflecting the relevant outcomes of WSIS.
2.2 Objective 2: To foster an environment that promotes the development of
telecommunication/ICT networks and services, in particular in the policy, legal and
regulatory domains, taking into account a rapidly developing ICT environment and
2.3 Objective 3: To support the identification of relevant projects, promote investment in these
projects from related telecommunications/ICT ventures, and nurture public/private
partnerships, where appropriate.
2.4 Objective 4: To respond to the needs of the ITU-D Membership by providing and
disseminating relevant information and know-how, including information relating to the
implementation of WSIS outcomes, in coordination and collaboration, as appropriate, with
the other ITU Bureaux and the General Secretariat3.
2 Syrian Arab Republic, at the request of the Arab States, requested to include the performance indicators in the
3 Syrian Arab Republic expresses reservations with the inclusion of the General Secretariat in Objective 4.
2.5 Objective 5: To support the implementation of global, regional and other relevant initiatives
and projects, including those relating to rural and remote areas, indigenous communities and
small island developing states, which will facilitate the deployment and operation of
telecommunication/ICT networks and services with a view to fostering their secure,
sustainable and affordable access and use at national, regional and global levels.
2.6 Objective 6: To assist developing countries, particularly LDCs, countries with economies in
transition and small island developing States in building human, institutional and
organizational capacity through human resource development and dissemination of pertinent
information for ICT development.
2.7 Objective 7: To undertake economic, financial and technical studies on questions related to
the development of telecommunications/ICT, in conformity with the terms of reference of
the ITU-D study groups and communicate the results, as appropriate, ensuring close
coordination and cooperation within ITU as a whole.
3- In line with the results-based budgeting approach, these objectives are linked to ITU-D
outputs as set out in Table that follows (the original 20 ITU-D outputs have been consolidated into
13 items in order to facilitate readability). The four high-priority outputs for the ITU-D have been
identified as the following (in order of priority): international cooperation (WTDC and
conferences), study groups, programmes and assistance to members, global and regional initiatives.
ITU-D Objectives and Outputs
Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3 Objective 4 Objective 5 Objective 6 Objective 7
Organize Foster an Identification Respond to Support Assist Undertake
and environ- of relevant needs of projects developing studies on
strengthen ment for projects to membership facilitating countries, questions
cooperation developing promote by dissemi- deployment in particular related to
reflecting ICT investment in nating of networks LDCs, in the
the relevant networks, ICTs, and information and services building development
outcomes of in particular promotion of and know- to foster human, of ICTs, and
WSIS the policy, public/private how to secure, institutional communi-
legal and partnerships sustainable, and organi- cate results
regulatory affordable zational
domains access capacity
Regional x x
Study Groups x x x x x x
Programme x x x x x x x
regional x x x x x
TDAG x x
x x x x x
infrastructure x x x x x x
e-services, x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x
capacity x x x
ICT x x x
and x x x
x x x x x
C) Operational plan related to ITU-D Partnership & Promotion and Sector
Members/Private Sector Initiatives
The main 2007 budgeted activities related to Partnerships and Promotion (with a dedicated
section allocated to Connect the World initiative) and to Private Sector initiatives are
summarized as follow:
C1- Partnerships and Promotion
a- Global partnership/ missions with International stakeholders( fundraising)
b- Development of regional and sub-regional partnerships( fundraising)
c- ITU-D promotion
• re-engineering ITU-D Website
• re-designing and publishing ITU-D e-Flash
• Editing new ITU-D promotional brochure and related publications
• Development of Sector Membership
• Participation in ITU and non ITU events
d- Connect the World initiative activities (Fund-in trust, in 2007)
• Executive Board meeting
• World Information Society Day related activities
• Honorary Patrons
• Connect the World Partner logo and guidelines
• Advertising campaign
BDT budget: 75.000 CHF + Fund-in-trust (# 300.000 CHF)
C2- Private Sector/Sector Member Initiatives
a- TDAG WGPS 16-17 April 2007, Geneva
b- WGPS/RWP Asia Pacific, 3-5 April 2007, India
c- WGPS/RWP Africa, 4-6 June 2007, Kenya
d- WGPS/RWP America, 20-22 August, Costa Rica
e- WGPS/RWP CIS, 21-23 November, Russia
f- WGPS/RWP ARB, tbc
g- TDAG WGPS 10-11 December 2007, Geneva
BDT budget: 75.000 CHF + External contributions/sponsorships
D) Connect the World/Partnership development activities
Connect the World is a multi-stakeholder initiative llaunched in June 2005 by ITU and 22 founding
partners within the context of the World Summit on the Information Society. There are 50 Connect
the World partners from government, industry/private sector, international/regional organizations
and civil society.
The mission of Connect the World is to mobilize the international community to implement the
connectivity goals of the World Summit on the Information Society and to create a broader popular
movement to “connect the unconnected by 2015.” Connect the World aims to achieve this mission
by showcasing ICT development efforts in support of WSIS connectivity goals, tracking progress,
identifying pressing needs and opportunities for collaboration, and stimulating new partnerships to
support project implementation.
In support of its mission, the key objectives of Connect the World are to:
1. Position ITU as a leader in ICT/telecom development and reinforce its relevance among ICT
stakeholders and the broader public;
2. Attract new partners and potential donors/financial institutions to support ITU’s
development projects, programmes and initiatives by expanding outreach and ensuring
greater visibility and recognition of donor and partner contributions and project success
3. Provide a neutral, open multi-stakeholder platform to engage and collaborate with a growing
number of governments, private sector companies, international and regional organizations
and civil society, particularly within the context of WSIS implementation; and
4. Stimulate new ICT development partnerships beyond ITU’s activities by matching external
partners with complementary areas of expertise.
Building on growing momentum and partners’ interest, key pieces of the Connect the World
structure were put into place in recent months. In the autumn of 2006, an Executive Board of
partners was established to provide advice to the ITU Secretary-General on future activities and
overall strategy as well as promote the initiative. Their first meeting was held in November 2006
during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. They will next meet in May 2007 on the margins of
World Information Society Day in Geneva. As well, a group of Honorary Patrons was announced in
December 2006 to help promote Connect the World initiatives of ITU and its partners. And, new
initiatives were announced with Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus during ITU
TELECOM WORLD in December 2006.
2. CONNECT THE WORLD INITIATIVES
ITU will undertake a series of Connect the World branded activities over the 2007-2008 period to
mobilize partners and resources for implementation of ICT/telecommunication development
a. Secure new donors/partners to implement WSIS/WTDC commitments
To effectively implement WSIS and WTDC commitments, ITU needs to engage major financing
and ICT stakeholders to undertake significant ICT/telecommunication development initiatives. In
particular, ITU will stimulate a global effort to “Connect the World” by working with partners to
mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to expand the development of
broadband ICT infrastructure, connectivity and access in each region. As part of this effort, ITU
will co-organize a major high-level event to launch “Connect Africa” in the autumn of 2007, with
the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID)
and other partners. This will be followed by similar efforts in each region.
b. Extend Grameen Village Phone Model to more countries
Grameen Village Phone has been very successful in Bangladesh, as has since been spread to
Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, the Philippines, and soon Indonesia. The challenge now is to reach
scale across a number of countries. At ITU TELECOM WORLD 06, ITU committed to helping
Grameen in this task. Qualcomm announced the extension to Indonesia at this time. GSMA has a
similar “shared access” programme where collaboration may be possible. A broad MOU was signed
with GSMA in February. ITU will encourage member states and sector members (operators/service
providers) to adopt the model, and will promote results and identify ICT experts to support
implementation. ITU will organize sessions for this purpose during regional meetings throughout
2007/08. The first session is being planned for a regional private sector advisory meeting in Kenya
in June 2007.
c. Build ICT/entrepreneurial capacity in developing/least developed countries
ITU, Grameen and Cisco announced during TELECOM WORLD that they would join forces to
provide micro-credit for students and graduates of our Internet Training Centres to expand access to
training and help launch ICT businesses. ITU, Cisco and Grameen are currently developing an
implementation plan, including the first countries as well as potential other partners and resources
for required. Cisco has contributed $1 Million USD to support this initiative.
d. Establish a Global Portal on ICT Public Access
The Government of France donated CHF 75 000 in seed money for ITU at the end of 2006 to
establish a web portal for ICT Public Access Points to provide a clearer picture of “who is doing
what, where”. This portal could support both the work of the UN Group on the Information Society
(UNGIS), which has established public ICT access as one of its two main priority areas for 2007 as
well as ITU’s role in leading WSIS Action Line C2 facilitation. The plan is to develop a web portal
which shows the location and provides details of ICT public access points around the world, via an
interactive map. Development will begin after May 17 because of demands on web staff.
ITU-D does not currently have a strong and consistent brand for its website, publications, brochures
and public interventions (i.e. speeches, presentations etc). The BDT and Connect the World
websites will be consolidated along with related information from other ITU websites as well as
other promotional materials to provide a consistent and stronger brand for ITU’s development
activities. The Connect the World brand will be levered for this purpose.
The following additional activities will support this ITU-D promotional effort.
a. Honorary Patrons
On 8 December 2006, the ITU Secretary-General announced six Honorary Patrons of Connect the
World: HE Mr. Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal; Nobel Laureate, Professor
Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank and leading advocate of ICT combined with micro-
credit financing to empower the poor; HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand, whose
efforts help people with disabilities gain independence and skills using ICT; HRH Sheikha Al
Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar, Chairperson of "Reach Out to Asia", a non-
profit initiative to expand access to education using ICTs; Professor M S Swaminathan, Founder
and Chairperson of “Mission 2007”, a widely recognized movement in India to make every village
a "knowledge centre" using ICTs; and, Mr Roberto Irineu Marinho, President of Globo (and its
Foundation), a major Brazilian broadcast company and internet provider responsible for UN-
recognized projects in broadcasting educational content to underserved communities.
The main role of Honorary Patrons is to strengthen awareness and support for Connect the World
initiatives of ITU and partners. Examples include participation in special events, promotional
activities and supporting fundraising and partnership efforts by “adopting” and promoting a project
or thematic programme of activity. A draft programme of activities is being developed in
consultation with each Honorary Patron.
b. Partner Co-Branding Initiative
ITU partners have expressed the desire to use Connect the World more actively as a tool to brand
their respective development-oriented activities as part of a larger global effort, and to in turn raise
awareness and strengthen the Connect the World brand. As well, some partners have noted that it
would be helpful not only to brand projects, but also related partner-organized events. This issue
will be considered during the 15 May meeting of the Connect the World Executive Board. The
objective is to strengthen the ITU and Connect the World brands by expanding use of the CTW
branding by partners, subject to conditions. A special “Connect the World Partner Logo” has been
developed for this purpose.
c. Advertising campaign and publicity
One of the most effective ways of promoting ITU and its partners through Connect the World is to
showcase human stories which demonstrate the impact of our shared efforts. To this end, ITU ran a
Connect the World print advertising campaign in the lead up to TELECOM WORLD 06, in which
each AD highlighted an individual who has benefited from ICT through a project of ITU or Connect
the World partner. This approach will be used in the lead up to 17 May and again in the autumn,
where opportunities to do so exist. Advertisements and related articles will be diffused to global and
regional media and will be made available in six languages to reach diverse audiences.
4. MOVING TO BDT
At the Executive Board meeting held in November 2006, partners expressed concern about the
sustainability of the Connect the World initiative as it has relied entirely on voluntary contributions.
To ensure greater sustainability as well as enhanced coordination and cohesion of ITU’s partnership
and outreach efforts, the ITU Coordination Committee decided to move Connect the World
operationally to BDT, while maintaining a strategic link to the Secretary-General, notably through
the Executive Board of partners and for matters related to corporate communication. This decision
was taken in January 2007, and then implemented as part of a broader restructuring of BDT, which
took effect 19 March.
As part of this restructuring, Connect the World was integrated with the Partnership and Promotion
Unit of BDT as part of an enhanced corporate service to bolster outreach and partnership/match-
making efforts and promote ITU’s development activities from all units, including showcasing
success stories and recognizing partner and donor contributions.
Activities of Connect the World have been funded to date by the Canadian government (the
coordinator position), and other in-kind ITU staff and external contributions. The financial
contribution from the Canadian Government ended 31 March 2007. However, the Government of
Japan made a financial contribution of CHF 250’000 in March to support secretariat activities for
2007. Starting in 2008, core Connect the World activities will be covered by the regular BDT
budget, while external financial and in-kind contributions will be solicited to support special events
and activities, on a case-by-case basis.
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