Web for Development (Web4Dev) is the Community of Practice for UN System Web Professionals. Since its inception by the World Bank in 2003, the Web4Dev community of practice has brought together members of central web teams from UN system organizations, international development agencies and international development NGOs.
The May 9-11 Conference titled "Telling the Development Story to the World", was held in Washington DC. It included representatives from the Bank, UN agencies, regional lenders, and NGOs all of whom work on development issues.
The Third Web for Development Conference was held at the United Nations, New York in November 2006. Organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and the Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) in collaboration with a number of other Organizations, it was held in conjunction with the 18th Annual Conference and Exhibit of AIT Global, a global association of information technology professionals.
The organization and hosting of the fourth Web4Dev conference was delegated to UN-HABITAT (Nairobi, 2007) and focused on how United Nations agencies can work together, delivering as one, to maximize the impact of the Internet in accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It presented an excellent opportunity for UN agencies and stakeholders to take stock of past and on-going Internet-enabled development programmes with a view to producing an enhanced framework for coordinating future action.
The fifth annual United Nations system Web4Dev conference, hosted by UNICEF in February 2009, brought together global thought leaders and innovators from the United Nations, academia, the development and private sectors to focus on the value of strategic partnerships, innovation and new technologies.
The United Nations, UNESCO, CEB Secretariat, UNFPA and UNCTAD decided to host the sixth annual edition of Web4Dev between 25 - 26 of February 2010 in Brasilia, Brazil. Petrobras, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), the Brazilian Network Information Centre (NIC.br) and Fundação Padre Anchieta/TV Cultura were also key partners in the organization of the Web4Dev Conference.
The first W4D conference took place in Washington D.C in 2003. The CIO of the Bank (Mohammed Muhsin) suggested that the Bank host a conference after hearing that other site managers in the UN family frequently telephoned asking questions about management, technology, new applications. The Bank did not always have answers, so he thought it would be good to bring people together to discuss. Over 100 people from 40-plus agencies and NGOs came to the first meeting.