ITU Making Digital Connectivity Work for MSMEs

Making Digital Connectivity Work for MSMEs

The Broadband Commission Working Group on Connectivity for MSMEs seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities of getting more micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in low and middle income countries (LMICs) online and engaging in online trade. Co-chaired by Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the ITC, and Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, core elements of the Working Group’s research was drawn from a major study by the GSMA on the digital and financial inclusion of female micro-entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and work on digital connectivity and its economic usage by MSME in West Africa by ITC.

Through interviews with Working Group members and external experts, and extensive research into the barriers and enablers of MSME connectivity, the Working Group has developed a five part framework and four core recommendations for all stakeholders to play their part in enabling MSME connectivity.

ITU Green data centers: towards a sustainable digital transformation. A practitioner's guide

Green data centers: towards a sustainable digital transformation. A practitioner’s guide

Reliable, secure data-hosting solutions are becoming increasingly important to support everyday functions across societies, including for public management and service delivery. Although data infrastructure such as data centers and cloud solutions are essential for storing and processing data, they are highly energy intensive and consume refrigerants and often large amounts of water for cooling. As such, they leave a large environmental footprint and contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Climate change also affects data centers. Climate hazards such as floods and increasing temperatures put data centers at risk and require site specific adaptation measures to protect investments and ensure resilient data storage.