0. Executive Summary

The current report belongs to the set of four instruments developed by the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) in collaboration with and co-funded by the UNESCO Information for All Programme (UNESCO/IFAP), to support the UNESCO Member States’ policymaking efforts to guide and coordinate the development of nationally- or locally-appropriated Knowledge Societies.

The instruments comprise:

  1. Knowledge Societies Policy Handbook, as set of conceptual and methodological frameworks, guidelines and knowhow concerning the development of public policies for Knowledge Societies (UNESCO/IFAP and UNU-EGOV, 2016b);
  2. Knowledge Societies Policy Library, a collection of relevant research literature, policies, indicators, case studies and other resources relevant to the development of public policies for Knowledge Societies (UNESCO/IFAP and UNU-EGOV, 2016c);
  3. Knowledge Societies Policy Platform, an electronic platform that hosts the content of the Handbook and Library and facilitates the updates and additions to this content by community members through digital devices and channels (UNESCO/IFAP and UNU-EGOV, 2016d); and
  4. Knowledge Societies Policy Community, a community of researchers, academics, policymakers, government officials and other stakeholders who, as part of their contribution to planning, developing, implementing and evaluating public policies for Knowledge Societies in the national or local context, are willing to use the Handbook, Library and Platform, and share the outcomes and experience for others to learn (UNESCO/IFAP and UNU-EGOV, 2016a).

The Executive Summary is divided into six sections corresponding to different chapters of the Handbook as follows:

  1. Background Chapter (Section 0.1),
  2. Foundations Chapter (Section 0.2),
  3. Conceptual Framework Chapter (Section 0.3),
  4. Process Chapter (Section 0.4),
  5. Adaptation and Transfer Chapter (Section 0.5) and

Platform and Community Chapter (Section 0.6).