Asia-Pacific Human Development Report 200508 May 2005
Promoting ICT for Human Development in Asia
Realizing the Millennium Development Goals
The Regional Human Development Report on Promoting ICT for Human Development: Realizing the Millennium Development Goals, is a first-time attempt to systematically assess the role and impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on human development in Asia. Initiated jointly by UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP) and Asia-Pacific Regional Human Development Reports Initiative (APRI), the Report makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the potential and challenges of using ICTs to achieve human development goals. The Report covers nine countries in Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,Thailand and Vietnam.
This Regional HDR is a major step towards bringing this to the centre of the development debate. The Report’s unique approach lies in its use of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to measure and monitor the impact of ICTs on human development. Its comparative study across the nine countries in Asia highlights both qualitative and quantitative linkages between ICTs and human development and the channels through which the linkage effects occur.