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Global Advisory

G3ict’s Global Advisory Center (GAC) supports organizations developing and implementing digital inclusion strategies through ICT procurement policies, accessibility standards, maturity models and benchmarking in close collaboration with accessibility experts and persons with disabilities.

GAC’s advisory engagements include projects for international organizations, governments, smart cities, universities and Fortune 500 companies. It relies on its own global network of advisors and certified consultants in more than 40 countries.

GAC collaborates closely and leverages the resources of G3ict’s Institutional Advocacy programs and Professional Education division, the International Association of Accessibility Professional (IAAP).

GAC’s unique methodologies, data driven methodologies, global footprint and multi-stakeholder perspective provide a strong foundation for the effective development and implementation of digital inclusion strategies.

Smart Cities for All (SC4A)

Today, cities worldwide are undergoing exciting and substantial digital transformations, but failing persons with disabilities and age-related disabilities. A lack of accessibility and digital inclusion negatively impacts the daily life of persons with disabilities across the broad range of services provided in and by cities, including transportation, e-Government services, employment, civic engagement, safety and justice, emergency response, voting and elections, financial services, independent living, and more.

G3ict's Smart Cities for All (SC4A) initiative is partnering with leading organizations and companies to create and deploy the tools and strategies needed to build more inclusive Smart Cities.

G3ict’s advisory services rely on its SC4A Digital Inclusion Maturity Model® to unite stakeholders in developing comprehensive roadmaps and strategies to grow a city’s capabilities for and commitment to digital inclusion.

G3ict, through its Smart Cities for All initiative, is partnering with the World Economic Forum and the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance to help cities worldwide adopt technology procurement policies that support greater inclusion.

Digital Inclusion Maturity Model (MaMo) Program

In addition to its Smart Cities for All (SC4A) Digital Inclusion Maturity Model®, G3ict is deploying the Smart University Digital Inclusion Maturity Model® for higher education institutions and the Smart Enterprise Maturity Model® for companies of all sizes. Each tool defines key performance indicators and metrics supporting accessibility and inclusion.

The G3ict’s Maturity Model tools support the development of roadmaps and strategies to grow and mature commitment to and capabilities on inclusion and accessibility. With the support and strategic partnerships, this suite of maturity model tools is a great way to start or continue working towards inclusion.

G3ict is vendor neutral and works with a global network of accessibility experts to deliver recommendations.

Disability Inclusion & Accessibility Criteria (DI&AC) Program

The DI&AC is a disability-led business inclusion implementation program. The comprehensive program is governed by a Disability Advocacy Steering Committee aiming to support organizational disability inclusion.

The tool consists of a collection of specific measurable, recommended actions that can help a company understand some of the key steps required to deliver sustainable disability inclusion and accessibility.

The criteria reflect an exhaustive list of all required tasks or activities, a comprehensive plan, or a survey. Adopting these criteria will help a company achieve greater disability inclusion and accessibility.

Inclusive Procurement Launchpad Project

Through the Inclusive Procurement Launchpad project, G3ict provides direct technical assistance to the selected cities’ procurement leadership to adapt and adopt technology procurement policies to support more accessible digital city services for all, including persons with disabilities.

The initial cohort of cities consists of Los Angeles (USA), Istanbul (Turkey), Quito (Ecuador), Sao Paulo (Brazil), and Kisumu (Kenya).

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Inclusive Urban Sidewalks Project

The AI for Inclusive Urban Sidewalks project addresses one of the biggest challenges facing persons with disabilities in cities worldwide the accessibility of sidewalks and barriers to mobility. G3ict has worked with five cities to collect and provide openly shared pedestrian accessibility information.

Through the G3ict/SC4A Country Advisory Network, G3ict supports and builds upon data, technology, and community. The project focuses on solutions including:

  • Open data standards and tools for inclusive pedestrianism
  • Personalized pedestrian routing tools
  • Mapping efforts (e.g., Wheelmap)
  • Pedestrian networking mapping efforts (Pathvu)

Country Advisory Network

The Country Advisory Network includes advocates who promote, on a volunteer basis, the G3ict/SC4A mission through collaboration with local and national governments, civil society, and private sector stakeholders in making global cities more inclusive in the context of the UN SDGs (#11), the UN Habitat III New Urban Agenda, and the CRPD.

Representatives of the Country Advisory Network bring to their own countries the global work of Smart Cities for All, a broad understanding of accessibility and Universal Design for technologies and environments, the CRPD, and the perspectives of a variety of disabilities.