Global Alliance for ICT and Development
Parent Institution: 
United Nations
2 UN Plaza DC2-1444
New York, NY
United States
+1 212-963-3744
Multi-stakeholder Organization

Thematic Areas

Physical (cables, wires, spectrum), Logical (code, software, standards), Hardware (consumer devices)
State, Public Service, Commercial, Community/Citizens
Access, Inclusion and Participation, Diversity and Pluralism, Information, Communication and Expression Rights, Social Justice & Democracy
Content, Governance, Uses
Specific Themes: 
Web accessibility
Specific Themes: 
Digital access for people with disabilities


GAID was launched by the UN to contribute to transforming the spirit and vision of WSIS into action promoting the use of ICT for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. GAID's purpose is to provide multi-stakeholder input to intergovernmental bodies, including ECOSOC.

The GAID is a global forum that comprehensively addresses cross-cutting issues related to ICT and development. GAID wants to create an open and inclusive platform that could broaden the dialogue on innovative ways of harnessing ICT for advancing development. To accomplish this, UN GAID mainstreams the global ICT agenda into the broader United Nations agenda.

GAID in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, launched G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – an advocacy initiative in December 2006.

Created by: Rosemary Curtis