The Internet Society and the Pew Research Center have launched research on mobile connectivity in emerging economies. The results of the research conducted in 11 emerging economies have shown, among others, that majorities (67%) think that the mobile phones have been beneficial for education. According to the report, since 2014 public opinions about influence of the internet on education have grown more positive in six of the countries subject to the research (Jordan, South Africa, Kenya, Vietnam, Lebanon and Mexico).
Capacity development is often defined as the improvement of knowledge, skills and institutions to make effective use of resources and opportunities. Widespread on the agenda of international development agencies, capacity development programs range from societal to individual level and include a diversity of strategies, from fundraising to targeted training.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).