UNCTAD member States recognize that it is crucial to assess the state of use and impact of ICTs in developing countries. By using comparable and reliable data and indicators on their information societies, Governments can formulate and evaluate policies that will maximize the benefits of ICT for the development of their countries.
At the national level, more and more countries are measuring ICT. UNCTAD helps developing countries find ways to monitor and measure overall digital economy developments and ICT use.
At the international level, the measurement of ICT diffusion and impact is a subject of inter-agency cooperation, notably through the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development.