Examples of the role of ICTs in supporting the MDGs in Asia
Goal 1: Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.
Goal 2: Achieving universal primary education.
- Increasing employment and other economic opportunities for the poor.
- Access to credit.
- Agricultural development.
- Community decision making.
- Poverty mapping.
- Hunger and food security.
- Improvement of government services for the poor.
Goal 3: Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
- Reduction of physical and social barriers to education.
- Promoting efficiency in education.
- Improving the quality of teaching and learning.
Goals 4, 5 and 6: Reduction in child mortality, improving maternal health, the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases.
- Women’s education.
- Women’s advocacy.
- Employment opportunities for women.
- Women’s social and political participation.
Goal 7: Environmental sustainability.
- Infant and child healthcare education and training.
- Hospital and healthcare administration.
- Public health education and awareness.
- Managing health information and patient data.
- Automating basic processes of healthcare.
- Enabling remote healthcare through telemedicine.
Goal 8: Towards a global partnership for development.
- Geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing.
- Environmental databases.
- Increased networking.
- Municipal solid waste and pollution management.
- Environmental sustainability through a knowledge society.
- Partnerships between stakeholders.
- Global public policy networks.
- Partnerships in education and research.
- ICT as business tool to facilitate international trade.
Source: Systemic Exploration of Harnessing ICT for Realising the MDGs: Asian Experiences, Section VIII of Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia: Realising the Millennium Development Goals: Summary
1.5.2 The Millennium Development Goals