Following the outcomes of the fourth meeting the UNGIS prepares the modalities of cooperation with the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, which’s main objective is to help measure the information society by:
Collecting and disseminating information society statistics in a number of formats, including a global report and database. The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the availability and quality of ICT data and indicators, particularly in developing countries. It was launched in June 2004, on the occasion of UNCTAD XI. It provides an open framework for coordinating ongoing and future activities, and for developing a coherent and structured approach to advancing the development of ICT statistics globally, and in particular in developing countries.
- Defining a core list of ICT indicators and methodologies to collect these indicators;
- Helping developing countries collect ICT statistics, particularly through capacity-building and hands-on training for national statistical offices;
Current partners include ITU, OECD, UNCTAD, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the UN Regional Commissions (UNECLAC, UNESCWA, UNESCAP, UNECA, the World Bank, and EUROSTAT. The most recent member is UNDESA, who joined the Partnership in May 2009. The Partnership Steering committee is composed of ITU, UNCTAD and UNECLAC.
For more information is available at the Partnership’s website.