Presentation on theme: "Impact of ICT and Selected e-Services on Socio-Economic Development"— Presentation transcript:
1 Impact of ICT and Selected e-Services on Socio-Economic Development Regional Workshop on ICT Indicators: from Policy & Strategy to ImpactImpact of ICT and Selected e-Services on Socio-Economic DevelopmentRami ZaatariICT Applications SectionICT Division8-9 June 2012
2 OutlineImpact of ICTsComplexity of Assessment: Impact/Region SpecificInternational/Regional StakeholdersThe Role of ESCWAMethodologies of Impact AssessmentImpact of ICT and selected e-Services on socio-economic developmentICT Impact Analysis – In PracticeConclusion
3 Impact of ICTs ICTs have changed the way we live work and communicate WSIS - ICTs can have a tremendous positive impact as an instrument of sustainable developmentWSIS called on all stakeholders to benefit from the opportunities offered by ICTsImportant impact areas to consider based on the 10 WSIS targets (UNCTAD)Impacts of ICT access, especially on poor and rural communities;Impacts of ICT use on educational outcomes and the importance of school curricula in preparing students for the information society;Impacts of ICT networks on health institutions and health outcomes;Impacts arising from the availability of e-government services;Impacts of improving access to information and knowledge by suitable access to electronic content.
4 Complexity of Assessment: Impact Specific Measuring impact in any field is difficult;Added difficulty for ICTs: complex, multi-faceted landscape of ICT, rapidly changing nature;Diverse nature of impact: macro, micro, direct, indirect, short-term, long term, qualitative, quantitative, social, economic, environmental,…Impact is not always positive, could be negative;Various frameworks and models;Lack of data and data collection;No internationally comparable indicators are available yet;
5 ICT Impact Analysis – In Practice The S-curve model is the one most adopted for ICT impact measurement;Misunderstandingthat impact analysis issequential; i.e. readinessmust be achieved, thenintensity and only thencan ICT have an impact;This is not the message – impact analysis can be performed at various stages of maturity and in various ways.
6 Complexity of Assessment: Region Specific Different levels of country development: Developed, Developing and leased developedLack of awareness and capacity building in ICT and IS measurement;Limited statistical capabilities;Policies and Statistics: the missing link;Canopy if ICT is spread among different ministries, agencies, entities (MoICT, MoE, MoC, TRA, NSO, etc..).
7 Striking differences in the Arab Region Comparison of Arab versus developed countries in selected areasArea of InterestGCCNon-GCCDeveloped CountriesGDP Per CapitaHighLow to ModerateFamily SizeLargeSmallExpatriatesDigital DivideModerate to HighLowAdult illiteracy rateLow to HighLow to Zero
8 International/Regional Stakeholders OECD, ITU UNCTAD, WB, UN Regional Commissions, IDRC, Donors are all active;Their contributions vary from the 3-stage impact analysis model, to various socio-economic impact models:- Strong evidence of positive impact on GDP growth, employment creation, and increased labor productivity; Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development (2004) plays a role in IS measurement including measuring the Impact of ICTResearch is ongoing; Task Group on Impact (2007), led by OECD with ESCWA as a member.
9 The Role of ESCWAPlays an active role on all matters related to IS and ICT measurement including capacity building (national, regional, and international levels)Contributes to the work of the Partnership and collaborates with ITU, UNCTAD, AITRS, MCIT on research and projects;Dedicates a track in its work plan on Measurement and Impact of ICT (Studies, EGM, Workshop) from 2009 until 2015.
10 Our Latest and Future Work Impact of ICT on Community Development in ESCWA Member Countries” (Pub. 2009);Building a Common Benchmarking Model for the ESCWA Region (Pub. 2010);EGM on Standardizing Information Society Measurements in the ESCWA Region (2011);Awareness workshop on Standardizing Information Society Measurement Models (2011);Impact of ICT and selected e-Services on socio-economic Development (Pub. end of 2012);EGM on the role of ICT in socio-economic development (2013);Impact of ICT on Arab youth (2013).
11 Methodologies of Impact Assessment Strengths (+)Weaknesses (-)NotesAnalytical techniquesObjectivityUse of a existing dataModel assumptionsReliability and availability of input dataCan be performed at the macro, sectoral, and micro-economic levelsStatistical SurveysReliability of outputPerception questions provide data on causal linksExpensive, require timePerception questions lack objectivityCan be a direct source of data on ICT impactsCase StudiesOffers a wide range of approaches and data sourcesFlexibility of scope but findings not generalisable.source of much of the data on ICT impactsPanel StudiesCan provide good baseline data and account for time lagsExpensive and may suffer from unit attrition over time.longitudinal data, may be survey-basedSource: UNCTAD, Measuring the Impacts of Information and Communication Technology for Development, 2011
12 Considerations Related to Methodology Timeline: most economic changes take significant amounts of time. Statistical studies correlating access to ICTs with GDP growth have only been possible through the use of longitudinal studies;Subjective Indicators: it has been argued that without subjective indicators, impact measurement are bound to be inadequate;Baseline: (something to measure against) baselining will greatly empower analysts to understand the impact;ICT impact assessment is better understood if it considers the perspectives of target groups.
13 Impact of ICT and selected Upcoming Research/StudyImpact of ICT and selectede-Services on socio-economic development (end 2012)
14 Objective of the StudyAllows countries in the region to assess and measure and the impact of selected e-services on social and economic development in terms of:improved efficiency and productivity;effectiveness of government processes, reducing costs and optimizing resources;Policy makers: e-Services that should be prioritized for maximum impact on socio-economic development.
15 Why E-Services?WSIS Geneva PoA, action line “C7”, stresses that ICT applications (e-Services) can support sustainable development;Benefits of Streaming ICTs in traditional services:Improves efficiency;Saves time and effort;Speeds up processing;Promotes better participation;Enhances transparency;Facilitates access to governmental services and public information.
16 Impact of E-ServicesMeasuring impact of e-services is contextual and not easily quantifiable;Most e-services projects in the region has focused on ICT implementation side, vs. understanding the impact on citizens/targeted communities;Existing data indicates intriguing research questions on ICT impact.
17 Proposed Study Methodology Combination of 3 methodologies: Analytical techniques, Statistical Surveys, Case Studies;Analysis and synthesis;Case study research: Drawing upon research from the International Communities and the ESCWA member countries, illustrative case studies will be examined for lessons learned;Statistical surveys: Utilizing online data collection mechanisms, representative sampling and extrapolative modeling will be undertaken.
18 Practical ExamplesAnalyze changes in relation to one another to find relationships/associations;Identify changes in pattern, and shifts in trend;Explain trends in relation to policy/environment changes for country/region;
19 HDI as a Socio-Economic Indicator HDI Index – ESCWA member countriesWill analyse countries in top, lower and mid-tier to give a generic overview
20 HDI– ESCWA member countries Covering GCC, Levant and LDCsMid-tier - Oman part of GCC hence we will look at Jordan for this exampleLower tier – Sudan lack of data hence we will look at Yemen(United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Yemen)Covering GCC, Levant and LDCsMid-tier - Oman part of GCC hence we will look at Jordan for this exampleLower tier – Sudan lack of data hence we will look at Yemen(United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Yemen)
21 HDI vs. Broadband HDI Index vs broadband subscriptions (per 100) Source: HDI – UNDP HDR report country profilesBroadband subscriptions (per 100) - The World Bank
22 Further investigation required HDI vs. BroadbandHDI Index vs. broadband subscriptions (per 100)Impact/trend**related shift in trendSource: HDI – UNDP HDR report country profilesBroadband subscriptions (per 100) - The World BankFurther investigation required
23 HDI vs. Internet HDI Index vs. Internet users (per 100) Source: HDI – UNDP HDR report country profilesInternet users (per 100) - The World Bank
24 Further investigation required HDI vs. InternetHDI Index vs Internet users (per 100)** Impact/trend**To investigate furtherSource: HDI – UNDP HDR report country profilesInternet users (per 100) - The World BankFurther investigation required
25 HDI vs Mobile HDI Index vs mobile subscriptions (per 100) Source: HDI – UNDP HDR report country profilesMobile subscriptions (per 100) - The World Bank
26 Further investigation required HDI vs. MobileHDI Index vs. mobile subscriptions (per 100)** Impact/trend**Largely linear correlation and suddenchange, perhaps policy related?Source: HDI – UNDP HDR report country profilesMobile subscriptions (per 100) - The World BankFurther investigation required26
27 Further investigation required Relationships and AssociationsHDI is a composite indicator.Correlation in HDI implies correlation in a sub index which makes up HDI i.e.HealthEducationLiving standardsOther composite indicators can be examined in order to determine further research and the direction of our study.Further investigation required
28 Trend analysis and projections Taking the example of UAE mobile subscriptions (per 100)…And expanding to include other years. We can:Try to explain the anomaly between for mobile subscriptions through wider policy/environmental changes;Or try to predict projections - i.e. estimated mobile rate for based on an established trend or previously established relationship with baseline indicator (if any).e.g.e.g.
29 Other Examples – Civil Society Tip of the iceberg…Indicators in comparison to registered Civil Society Organizations (CSO)Using Jordan (considered average in terms of maturity)Compared against the regional average for registered CSOSource: UNDESA – csonet.orgInitial trends can be seenFurther investigation required
30 Other Examples… e-Services; Labor Market; Education; Skills/Graduates; Migration;Foreign Direct Investment (FDI);Technology Transfer;Research & Development;Patent Registration;Other social indicators;Other economic indicators;
31 Conclusions Findings present some interesting results, however: Further investigation is required to find deeper correlations;Sample data used as an example;Comparison between more indicators needed;Timeframe of indicators should be expanded to look at longer periods;Trends, shifts and changes must be mapped against wider changes i.e. policy, regional etc;Lack of sufficient data for the region should be remedied.