Issue BriefInformation andcommunicationtechnology – An enablerfor inclusive businesssolutionsAugust 2012
About WBCSDA CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business   community to create ...
Overview of the Issue Brief• Growth story of ICT• Nexus ICT – development• Examples of ICT-enabled solutions• Benefits and...
Growth story of ICT   Mobile phone subscriptions, by level of development
Growth story of ICT           Global ICT development
Nexus ICT – development• ICT is a powerful tool to tackle development  challenges, but not a panacea• ICT can   Expand br...
Numerous other examples  of ICT-enabled solutionshighlighted in the issue brief    WBCSD member  companies featured:Accent...
Benefits of ICT-enabled solutions• Better, faster, and easier access to information• Improved interaction and two-way comm...
Some lessons learned• ICT cannot replace investment in other types of  infrastructure (ex. roads to transport goods to mar...
WBCSD Technology Enablers Initiative• Initiative led by Vodafone (member of WBCSD  Development Focus Area Core Team)• Plat...
Examples of discussions via WBCSD platform• TNT Express & Vodafone “speed-dates”  with WBCSD members from various sectors ...
Dowload the issue brief(12 pages) atwww.wbcsd.orgwww.inclusive-business.orgFilippo Veglioveglio@wbcsd.org+41 22 839 31 08
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This issue brief produced by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) looks at the opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate and scale the private sector’s contribution to development. The short report presents a number of case studies across sectors and along the value chain that highlight the power of ICT-enabled solutions. It also highlights opportunities for and barriers to achieving further scale. WBCSD member companies featured include Accenture, Grundfos, IBM, ITC, Nokia, Novartis, Syngenta, TNT Express, and Vodafone.

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    1. 1. Issue BriefInformation andcommunicationtechnology – An enablerfor inclusive businesssolutionsAugust 2012
    2. 2. About WBCSDA CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment
    3. 3. Overview of the Issue Brief• Growth story of ICT• Nexus ICT – development• Examples of ICT-enabled solutions• Benefits and lessons learned• WBCSD Technology Enablers Initiative
    4. 4. Growth story of ICT Mobile phone subscriptions, by level of development
    5. 5. Growth story of ICT Global ICT development
    6. 6. Nexus ICT – development• ICT is a powerful tool to tackle development challenges, but not a panacea• ICT can Expand breadth & depth of economic activity Improve delivery or public services Help developing countries “leapfrog” in terms of communication infrastructure (no need to install vast grids of fixed phone lines)
    7. 7. Numerous other examples of ICT-enabled solutionshighlighted in the issue brief WBCSD member companies featured:Accenture, Grundfos, IBM, ITC, Nokia, Novartis, Syngenta, TNT Express, and Vodafone
    8. 8. Benefits of ICT-enabled solutions• Better, faster, and easier access to information• Improved interaction and two-way communication• Cost efficiency and lower transaction costs• Automation and standardization• Economic opportunities• Improving data visibility or transparency
    9. 9. Some lessons learned• ICT cannot replace investment in other types of infrastructure (ex. roads to transport goods to market)• Inertia and resistance from traditional models (ex. mobile money services competing with traditional financial services)• User interfaces (ex. voice-based systems and iconic user interfaces)• Collaboration between stakeholders needed - partnerships between private and public actors are often the catalysts for the initial co-investments in a long-term sustainable model
    10. 10. WBCSD Technology Enablers Initiative• Initiative led by Vodafone (member of WBCSD Development Focus Area Core Team)• Platform for companies from different industry sectors to explore opportunities for catalyzing inclusive business models leveraging ICT• Facilitated a series of discussions and events with WBCSD members, aimed at creating successful partnerships or collaborative action between member companies and other partners
    11. 11. Examples of discussions via WBCSD platform• TNT Express & Vodafone “speed-dates” with WBCSD members from various sectors • Explore how mobile phones could provide geo-coded addresses and payment services to small entrepreneurs in informal settings, allowing them to send and receive goods and services in the absence of street names.• Vodafone & Accenture shared insights from their “Connected Agriculture” report  How ICT can be used further to improve efficiency and sustainability in the food and agriculture value chain
    12. 12. Dowload the issue brief(12 pages) atwww.wbcsd.orgwww.inclusive-business.orgFilippo Veglioveglio@wbcsd.org+41 22 839 31 08

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