In a world dominated by rapid innovation, ICTs are not only accelerators for economic growth, they also provide on-ramps for vulnerable populations to participate in society and not get left behind. However, the potential of ICTs can only go as far as a nation’s ICT regulatory environment allows. A weak regulatory environment can drastically limit the benefits of ICTs and related technologies for a country’s economy, consumers, and citizens. 

Across several regions, DAI’s ProICT and ATLATL policy experts, implementing activities under the Digital Connectivity and Cybersecurity Partnership (DCCP), stressed that practitioners can demonstrate value in the ICT policy development process by building trusted and meaningful relationships with relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries, becoming deeply knowledgeable and respectful of local cultures, norms, laws and challenges, and focusing their expertise on long-term capacity building that can outlast their time in the country.