Information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure has proven vital in helping countries and citizens adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ICTs have enabled them to continue working and learning remotely, and to access the latest health information, updates and directives from local and national authorities.
Connect2Recover is a global initiative that aims to reinforce the digital infrastructure and digital ecosystems of beneficiary countries.
In 2021, the International Telecommunications Union launched the “Connect2Recover Research Competition” to identify promising research proposals that will accelerate digital inclusion during the COVID-19 recovery globally.
The objectives of the competition were to improve research focus on digital resiliency and digital inclusion to build back better with broadband for pandemic recovery; to build a global research community of think tanks and academic institutions around digital inclusion; and to promote knowledge sharing that informs targeted practices to build back better with broadband.
The proposal submitted by Step Up Consulting titled ‘Making Higher Education Truly Inclusive’ was selected as one of fifteen successful applications. This site shares the findings, insights and recommendations that have emerged from the ‘Making Higher Education Truly Inclusive’ research project.