With the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) now in their final year and as the Sustainable Development Goals are being prepared to take over, one cannot under estimate the impact that ICT will have on reaching such goals in this forthcoming chapter. The advances of technology and innovation with particular emphasis on mobile devices now make it far more possible to build infrastructure efficiently where it is needed most.
These advances have not been overlooked by the United Nations that have assembled a dedicated group of specialists, the Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) who have now published key recommendations on mobilising data for sustainable development in their report, ‘A World That Counts’. The IEAG recognize how essential IT is for achieving as well as monitoring SDGs that now has a far wider impact than it did 15 years ago on people’s well-being and economies. It also recognizes the data gaps that still exist today in the regions where people starved of information have less basic rights than those who do have access.
With 90 out of every 100 people in developing countries having purchased mobile cellular subscriptions, the opportunities to provide people with essential information and services are unprecedented. These opportunities create an ideal platform for policymakers along with key players and experts from within the ICT industry to apply creative planning with innovation that will provide much needed services.
As a non-profit organisation, we are committed to the cause of the Summit and will be donating proceeds of the event to specified charities involved in relevant project work such as education. Therefore, whether you are a sponsor, exhibitor or attendee, you will have the added pleasure of knowing that proceeds will go towards helping people in most need of access to data amongst other good causes. Equally, as a supporter or speaker for the Summit, your involvement will provide a valuable contribution to the cause , connecting opportunities in wellbeing.