3 April 2020

IDB – 2020 Call for Proposals

    Announcement In response to the exceptional circumstances that the world and Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing, the 2020 Call for Proposals under the...
    2 April 2020

    WTO – ICC, WTO heads urge business dialogue to inform response to trade fallout from COVID-19

      WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo and International Chamber of Commerce Secretary-General John Denton issued on 2 April a joint statement calling for more dialogue with...
      1 April 2020

      EIF – Covid-19, Least developed countries and financial support

        What are international institutions pledging in the wake of the pandemic? The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian disaster. Expectedly, its effects...
        1 April 2020

        ESCAP – Digital Resilience against COVID-19

          The rapid spread of COVID-19 has been causing cascading economic and social stress across the world. The production of goods and services has decreased in...
          1 April 2020

          UNCTAD – COVID-19 requires gender-equal responses to save economies

          The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not gender neutral, as it affects men and women differently. Therefore, we must not be gender blind in...
          27 March 2020

          ITC – Supporting small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis

            The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is causing a global health emergency, and a global economic slowdown. Trade, investment, growth, and employment are all affected and the...
            27 March 2020

            ITC – Different sector, different effect

              by Marion Jansen, Director, Division of Market Development, ITC; Valentina Rollo, Economist, ITC and Mauricio Torres Velasquez, Associate Programme Officer, ITC COVID-19 crisis heavily affects...
              27 March 2020

              African Development Bank launches record breaking $3 billion “Fight COVID-19” Social Bond

                Landmark transaction, largest US dollar denominated Social bond transaction to date in capital markets The African Development Bank (AAA) has raised an exceptional $3 billion...
                26 March 2020

                WTO – COVID-19 and world trade

                  The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented disruption to the global economy and world trade, as production and consumption are scaled back across the globe. One of the most effective...
                  26 March 2020

                  WCO – Greater facilities requested for ATA Carnet procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic

                    On 20 March 2020, in the light of the recent global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World...
                    24 March 2020

                    UNCTAD – Benin takes business registration online at critical time

                      Benin this month took its business registration processes 100% digital, setting up an efficient, new online single window that houses all regulatory processes needed to...
                      24 March 2020

                      ITC – E-commerce takes shape in Rwanda with new service centre

                        Rwanda’s e-commerce booms as the first E-commerce Service Centre sets up in Kigali, bringing Rwandan businesses to domestic and international markets with minimal investment and...
                        20 March 2020

                        WEF – How women in developing countries can harness e-commerce

                          • E-commerce has the potential to level the economic playing field for women in developing countries. • Government, the private sector, aid programmes and civil...
                          14 March 2020

                          CI – World Consumer Rights Day 2020

                            The Sustainable Consumer This World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2020), consumer organisations around the world are joining together to call for global changes to...
                            13 March 2020

                            UNCTAD – Consumer protection crucial for the digital economy to thrive

                              Developing countries account for 90% of the global growth in Internet use, with the highest growth rate reported in least developed countries. More than half...
                              12 March 2020

                              EIF – Opinion : How to tackle least developed countries’ gender gaps in tech use and data

                              Written By Deanna Ramsay, EIF In Uganda, a businesswoman is using Pinterest to keep track of trends in the U.S. and Europe for her basket designs. In...
                              11 March 2020

                              UPU – New E-commerce Guide charts explosion in smartphone applications

                                A new e-commerce guide for postal operators by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) underscores the immense role of mobile technology in e-commerce growth. “By adopting...
                                6 March 2020

                                ITC – Central America: Women and e-commerce

                                200 women led-businesses, 6 countries in Central America, 1 goal: Increase the global impact of Central American businesses through online sales. Our hashtag#Ecommerce project in...
                                6 March 2020

                                ITU – Digital Technologies are the Path to ‘Generation Equality’

                                ‘Generation Equality’. It’s the theme – and dream – of this year’s International Women’s Day. We’ve come a long way since the UN’s landmark Fourth Conference...
                                6 March 2020

                                ITU – WSIS+15 Forum 2020 New Dates

                                  WSIS Forum 2020 Postpone Considering recent developments concerning the COVID-19 virus and the need for responsible measures to be taken to prevent the virus from...
                                  4 March 2020

                                  World Bank – Questions & Answers about the 2020 Spring Meetings

                                    The IMF and the World Bank have agreed to implement a joint plan to adapt the 2020 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings to a virtual format. In the...
                                    2 March 2020

                                    DiPLO – Coronavirus crisis: A digital policy overview

                                      As the coronavirus crisis unfolds, digital health comes into focus. Daily updates from social media channels, mapping tools on the number of people infected, and...
                                      2 March 2020

                                      WIPO – MCST Survey on the Use of ADR Mechanisms for B2B Digital Copyright- and Content-related Disputes

                                        The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of...
                                        27 February 2020

                                        UNCTAD – Côte d’Ivoire seeks to expand e-commerce

                                          Country assesses its e-trade readiness with the support of UNCTAD and Germany. Côte d’Ivoire has partnered with UNCTAD and Germany to assess its readiness for...
                                          27 February 2020

                                          ITU – Champion Projects, WSIS Prizes 2020

                                            Over 800 projects from around the world were submitted for the WSIS Prizes 2020 contest, 352 of these projects were nominated for the voting phase...
                                            25 February 2020

                                            UNCTAD – Women digital entrepreneurs in francophone Africa make their mark

                                            UNCTAD eTrade for Women initiative's first masterclass in Africa equips entrepreneurs to reap more benefits from the digital economy. Christelle Assirou, a serial entrepreneur from...
                                            21 February 2020

                                            EIF – Ambassador Morten Jespersen: Looking at aid funding, the private sector and country visions – Where are LDCS now?

                                              IF’s Steering Committee Chair talks donor priorities, laying the groundwork for investment in LDCs and more How can donor countries like Denmark best support least...
                                              20 February 2020

                                              ITC – Weebi: the Senegalese retailer’s digital slate

                                                by NTF IV News The touch-screen cash register Weebi combines all the characteristics that a Senegalese retailer needs. With battery-powered off-line operation, it includes credit...
                                                13 February 2020

                                                EIF – A window of opportunity for Africa : Agricultural Innovation, Integration and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

                                                  Agriculture 4.0, fuelled by innovation and technology, is driving more productive, efficient and sustainable food systems. The combination of agriculture 4.0 and regional integration can...
                                                  11 February 2020

                                                  UPU – In Post We Trust

                                                  A new report published by the UPU shows how Posts are gaining customers’ trust to provide financial inclusion through the postal network. Posts have been...
                                                  10 February 2020

                                                  WIPO Director General Opens Roundtable Discussion on IP and the African Continental Free Trade Area

                                                  WIPO Director General Francis Gurry opened a Roundtable Discussion on IP and the African Continental Free Trade Area emphasizing the importance of intellectual property in...
                                                  10 February 2020

                                                  ESCAP – The rise of the digital economy and tech-driven inequality : Can the tech revolution be an equaliser instead?

                                                  Back in 2015, the member-states of the United Nations adopted its most ambitious, all-encompassing agenda ever attempted: To guide the advancement of humankind for the...
                                                  9 February 2020

                                                  AfDB – AU Summit: First continental report on implementation of Agenda 2063 unveiled

                                                  The African Development Bank, the United Nations, and the African Union on Saturday acknowledged the significant progress made in implementing Agenda 2063 and urged African...
                                                  7 February 2020

                                                  UNCDF – How Women in Papua New Guinea are Finding Their Way to Women’s Micro Bank

                                                  Rural banking made easy with the Mama Bank Access Points. Difficult geographies, a lack of physical infrastructure and limited technological skills are major reasons as...
                                                  5 February 2020

                                                  UNIDO – Fourth Industrial Revolution: how latecomers and laggards can catch up

                                                    Most developing countries face barriers in adopting the necessary technologies. Helping them counter these barriers will require an international effort. Just ten countries account for...
                                                    5 February 2020

                                                    OECD – Least developed countries can become authors of their technological revolution

                                                    Can countries in the early stages of development reap the benefits and become authors of their technological revolution? In a blog written by Ratnakar Adhikari,...
                                                    4 February 2020

                                                    UNCDF – The SDG500 Platform Investment Opportunity

                                                    SDG500 is a groundbreaking impact investment platform dedicated to financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The platform’s objective is to raise USD$500 million for six...
                                                    31 January 2020

                                                    ITU – Kazakhstan to lead global school connectivity initiative in Central Asia

                                                      Country to lay the groundwork for new financing models, partners and digital tools to close the digital divide. The Government of Kazakhstan, the International Telecommunication...
                                                      30 January 2020

                                                      UNCDF – What levers to accelerate digital innovation in Senegal?

                                                      In November 2019, the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) organized, for the second consecutive year, the week of financial inclusion. This regional event...
                                                      25 January 2020

                                                      8 top stories from the week in Davos 2020

                                                        Climate change was in the spotlight at Davos 2020. The future of capitalism, AI and jobs were also key areas. The meeting was the World...
                                                        24 January 2020

                                                        Online tool to remove trade barriers in Africa goes live

                                                          The tool, developed by UNCTAD and the African Union, will help make trade on the continent easier and less costly. An online platform developed by...
                                                          22 January 2020

                                                          At Davos, UN Broadband Commission advocates for financing inclusive meaningful connectivity for sustainable impact

                                                            Commissioners launch “Broadband Transforming Lives” campaign at WEF’s 50th Annual Meeting in Switzerland   ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The ITU UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development examined new...
                                                            20 January 2020

                                                            South Centre – Third Annual Developing Country Forum on South-South Cooperation in International Tax Matters

                                                              The South Centre in partnership with India’s Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of External Affairs...
                                                              18 January 2020

                                                              ACSIS-SCASI – Dr Cissé KANE: “Through the ECMAAA competition, we encourage innovation, research and emulation”

                                                                – The E-commerce Mobile Application African Award (ECMAAA) project of the African Civil Society ICT Network (ACSIS) was nominated for the WSIS PRIZE 2020 of...
                                                                18 January 2020

                                                                Davos 2020: Here’s what you need to know about tech for good

                                                                  In the last 50 years we have seen enormous technological progress. Technologies like quantum computing, autonomous vehicles and biotechnologies will soon hit the mainstream. Public...
                                                                  14 January 2020

                                                                  The World Economic Forum at 50: A timeline of highlights from Davos and beyond

                                                                    What is Davos? What is the World Economic Forum? When did it all begin and why do thousands of leaders continue to congregate in a...
                                                                    9 January 2020

                                                                    How Myanmar’s policies accelerated digital development

                                                                      The introduction and widespread use of smartphones, together with broadband connectivity, has created unprecedented opportunities for people worldwide to use the Internet and other online...
                                                                      6 January 2020

                                                                      ITU: Capacity building in Africa is an essential driver of growth

                                                                        The increased pace of globalization and technological advancement is expanding the divide between Africa and other regions, making capacity building a critical agenda on the...
                                                                        1 January 2020

                                                                        Readiness Assessments for Cross-Border Paperless Trade

                                                                          Cross-border paperless trade has great potential to not only grow trade competitiveness but also to address new challenges associated with cross-border e-commerce and the rise...