Welcome to the ESCAP e-learning platform! Here, you will find courses on topics ranging from healthy ecosystems to trade facilitation; from energy connectivity to population ageing – and much more, including an extensive suite of courses from the ESCAP Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT). The courses are open to anyone and are provided free of charge. Most of the courses include an option of receiving a certificate upon successful completion of all modules. Happy learning!

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Academy Module - Realizing Data-Driven Governance

This module, designed for government officials in developing countries, aims to help them understand data-driven governance - the intensive and extensive use of data in how societies organize to define and achieve their common future - and assist them in using data-driven governance in their jurisdictions.

Lecturer: Emmanuel C. Lallana
Length: 1.5 hours / 7 Sessions

Academy Module on an Overview of ICTs and Sustainable Development

This module is intended to provide a broad overview and introduce key points for using ICTs for the development of more sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies and societies. The module is divided into four sections. The first section provides an overview of sustainable development and the SDGs. The second section introduces current ICT trends. The third section explores, through a discussion of selected case studies, ICT applications to achieve each SDG, and the fourth section looks at ways ICTs are integrated into national development policies and plans to achieve the SDGs.

Academy Module on Digital Government and Transformation

This module explores how digital technologies can enhance governance and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. It emphasizes the need for careful strategy and implementation processes, highlighting the principles of effectiveness, inclusiveness, and accountability. The module is introductory in nature and does not assume any prerequisite knowledge of digital technologies. Government leaders from both technology development and substantive functional domains will benefit from understanding how digital technologies can be embedded in governance contexts.

Academy Module on ICT for Climate Resilient Development

This module introduces both the theory and practice of climate resilient development and provides an overview of how ICTs can be used to enhance climate resilient development.

Academy Module on ICT for Disaster Risk Management

This module introduces disaster risk management (DRM) and provides an overview of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be used for DRM. A large number of examples and case studies on the applications of ICTs in DRM have been included in the module. The module aims to introduce the basic concepts of DRM and the applications of ICTs in disaster mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Academy Module on Information Security and Privacy

This module was designed to provide knowledge of information security, privacy, and related concepts for policymakers responsible for ICT policymaking, government officials responsible for the development and implementation of ICT-based applications, and managers in the public sector seeking to employ ICT tools for project management.

Academy Module on Open Data Policy Framework and Cases in the Digital Economy

This module presents a comprehensive overview of Open Government Data (OGD) Policy and Trends, delving into the dynamic landscape of OGD policy and legal frameworks. It emphasizes the importance of an effective governance structure that aligns with OGD policy for successful implementation. Concrete examples of the OGD implementation process, including the success of 'Open Data Portals' as initiatives fostering data accessibility, are provided. Furthermore, the module elaborates on the OGD governance structure, outlining the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, including data providers, users, and beneficiaries. In-depth exploration of data access and data quality management ensures reliable and usable OGD.

Academy Module on Social Media, Development, and Governance

This module aims to define social media and describe the various kinds of social media; raise awareness among policymakers and government officials of how social media affects society; describe best practices in the use of social media to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; develop understanding of the role of social media in governance and discuss its implication for national policy and program formulation; and produce a capacity development resource that can help bridge the knowledge gap between the effective use of social media in development and governance.

Length: 1.5 hours / 6 Sessions

Core Module 1 - Women's Empowerment, SDGs, and ICT

The Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) flagship programme aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific through enhancing capabilities of women entrepreneurs in ICT and entrepreneurship so that they and their enterprises can become more productive, and hopefully grow and be sustainable so that they can actively contribute to community development as well as to the local and national economy.

Lecturer: Dr. Faheem Hussain
Length: 1 hour / 3 sessions
Last revision: 2019

Core Module 2 - Enabling Role of ICT for Women Entrepreneurs

The Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) flagship programme aims to promote women’s entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific through enhancing capabilities of women entrepreneurs in ICT and entrepreneurship so that they and their enterprises can become more productive, and hopefully grow and be sustainable so that they can actively contribute to community development as well as to the local and national economy.

Lecturer: Dr. Faheem Hussain
Length: 1 hour / 3 sessions
Last revision: 2022

Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders - Overview Module

Frontier ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) are recognized as an important means of achieving the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the use, adoption, and adaptation of these technologies are not the same across countries.

Frontier ICTs such as Artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to have a greater impact on sustainable development and are also recognized as an important source of concerns for socio-economic development (especially policymaking) in developing countries.

Therefore, this module provides fundamental information, challenges/risks, best practices, policy recommendations, and international cooperation agendas related to frontier ICTs that digital leaders, in particular policymakers in developing countries, should consider when developing and applying the frontier ICTs to enable sustainable development through innovation in their public sector and society.

Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders - Submodule A: Artificial Intelligence

The purpose of the whole Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders module is to provide a technological overview, considerations, potential policy recommendations, and an international cooperation agenda for the adoption of frontier ICTs by digital leaders in developing countries. The aim is to unlock the full potential of frontier ICTs. The submodules focus on three technologies: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and the Internet of Things.

This specific submodule focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is recognized as an important tool for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, the use, adoption, and adaptation of AI vary across the globe.

AI is expected to have a significant impact on sustainable development and is also recognized as a source of concerns for socio-economic development, particularly in policymaking, within developing countries.

Therefore, this submodule provides fundamental information on the challenges, risks, best practices, policy recommendations, and international cooperation agendas related to AI. Policymakers in developing countries should consider these aspects when developing and implementing AI to enable sustainable development through innovation in their public sector and society.

Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders - Submodule B: Blockchain

The purpose of the whole Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders module is to provide a technological overview, considerations, potential policy recommendations, and an international cooperation agenda for the adoption of frontier ICTs by digital leaders in developing countries. The aim is to unlock the full potential of frontier ICTs. The submodules focus on three technologies: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and the Internet of Things.

This submodule covers Blockchain, which is recognized as an important means of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, the use, adoption, and adaptation of the technology are not the same across the globe.

Blockchain is expected to have a greater impact on sustainable development and is also recognized as an important source of concerns for socio-economic development (especially policymaking) in developing countries.

Therefore, this submodule provides fundamental information on the challenges/risks, best practices, policy recommendations, and international cooperation agendas related to Blockchain that policymakers in developing countries should consider when developing and applying Blockchain to enable sustainable development through innovation in their public sector and society.

Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders - Submodule C: Internet of Things

The purpose of the whole Frontier ICTs for Sustainable Development for Digital Leaders module is to provide a technological overview, considerations, potential policy recommendations, and an international cooperation agenda for the adoption of frontier ICTs by digital leaders in developing countries. The aim is to unlock the full potential of frontier ICTs. The submodules focus on three technologies: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, and the Internet of Things.

This submodule covers IoT (the Internet of Things), which is recognized as an important means of achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. However, the use, adoption, and adaptation of the technology are not the same in all countries around the world.

IoT is expected to have a greater impact on sustainable development and is also recognized as an important source of concerns for socio-economic development (especially policymaking) in developing countries.

Therefore, this submodule provides fundamental information, challenges/risks, best practices, policy recommendations, and international cooperation agendas related to IoT that policymakers in developing countries should consider when developing and applying IoT to enable sustainable development through innovation in their public sector and society.

WIFI Module on Planning and Managing a Business Using ICTs

The Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) e-learning course on Planning and Managing a Business with ICT” aims to strengthen the capacities of women entrepreneurs to utilize ICT in support of their businesses. The course is targeted at women who are ICT literate, are using ICTs only for basic tasks, and are interested in using ICTs for more advanced business functions. Nevertheless, non-users of ICT can also benefit from the module.

WIFI P Module - An Enabling Environment for Women Entrepreneurs

The objective of the module is to inform policymakers and contribute to developing their actual gender-related policymaking skills or knowledge for women entrepreneurs.

Length: Length: 1 hour / 6 sessions