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Published: 18 December 2014

ESCWA participates in the organization of the Second Regional Forum on Digital Arabic Content held under the title of "Developmental Impact of the Digital Arabic Content Industry", Cairo, 12-13 November 2014

This forum was organized in the framework of the implementation of the Council of Arab Communication Ministers resolution on the promotion of the DAC, adopted at its Sixteenth Session in Wahran, Algeria June 2012, under the title "Developmental Impact of the Digital Arabic Content (DAC) Industry". It is also implemented as a follow up to the first regional forum on DAC held in December 2013.


Published: 15 August 2014

Boosting Digital Arabic Content – new report examines challenges and opportunities

The study essentially examines the share of DAC on the Internet and highlights the challenges and opportunities for its development and growth. According to the study, DAC is estimated to be at 3 percent of online content even though the Arab region constitutes 5.1 percent of the world population and around 4 percent of the global GDP. However, the question remains as to the pace at which DAC will increase and whether it will be able to bridge the digital divide.


Published: 24 July 2014

ESCWA Launches the Regional Profile of the Information Society in the Arab Region – 2013

ESCWA has recently launched its report on the “2013 Regional Profile of the Information Society in the Arab Region” on June 9th 2014 during the WSIS+10 High Level Event, held in Geneva. This Regional Profile is the sixth in a series of such reports since 2003 as part of the World Summit on the Information Society.

The 13-chapter Report was developed by the Technology for Development Division at ESCWA (formerly ICTD) and evaluates specific components of the information society, which align with the WSIS action lines such as ICT infrastructure, building confidence and security, enabling environment, cultural and linguistic diversity, electronic services and ICT applications. In addition, it covers additional areas of special interest to the Arab region such as the ICT sector.


UN-ESCWA discussed “Digital Content for Inclusive Knowledge Society” during the WSIS+10 High Level Event

Nine panellists from international, regional and national organizations discussed the advances made in digital content and multilingualism in cyber space, and shared their opinions and recommendations on the role of digital content in the development of inclusive knowledge societies, during the recent thematic workshop held in Geneva on the 13 of June 2014 as part of the WSIS+10 High Level Event.



The Digital Arabic Content (DAC) Industry.

Download the DAC brochure here

It has been largely acknowledged that the Internet is a viable means for supporting socioeconomic development. The Internet has become the most comprehensive repository of knowledge and a resource providing communities with all sorts of tools to improve the quality of life. However, the digital content divide remains a major impediment hindering the access of communities in the Arab region to the full value of the Internet. The limited availability of digital content in Arabic, which only represents 2 per cent of the global digital content, constitutes a language barrier that should be crossed to contribute in bridging the digital content divide and increase the number of Internet users in the Arab world.

The 2013 Digital Arabic Content Competition

As part of the second phase of the project on the Promotion of the Digital Arabic Content Industry through Incubation, the 2013 DAC Competition will unlock the potential of entrepreneurs and university graduates who aspire to build novel DAC applications and products. Attention will be given to new trends and technologies. The winners will be granted an incubation period of up to 12 months with partner business incubators who will provide them with coaching, business advice, office facilities and guidance to establish a competitive startup company.

   Meetings and workshops  

Capacity Building Workshop on Measuring the Use and Impact of ICT
December 17-18, 2013

Regional Workshop on e-Government Best Practices
December 3 - 5, 2013

Arab Forum on the ICT Sector
May 7-10, 2013

Expert Group Meeting on the Role of ICT in Socio-Economic Development
April 9-10, 2013

Workshop on Results of ICT indicators Survey in the Business Sector in Iraq
March 25-28, 2013

Previous meetings...