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Understanding the policy implications of ICT for development

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Matthew ClarkeMatthew Clarke
Information and communication technologies are thought by some to offer a new solution to world poverty.
It is argued that information and communication technologies (ICT) allow poor countries to ‘leap-frog’
traditional stages of development and become immediately engaged with the ‘new economy’. Such an
optimistic view requires appropriate government policies to facilitate this shift. Interventions required
would include improving access levels and quality of telecommunication and electricity infrastructure,
improved quality of education and numbers of those accessing education, and providing both direct
and indirect support to encourage local firms to become engaged with the global economy. Ironically,
these policies are consistent with current orthodox development policies currently pursued within the
‘traditional’ economy. This chapter therefore considers what exactly is new about ICT in terms of its
potential impact on the poor.

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Title of book

ICTs and sustainable solutions for the digital divide : theory and perspectives

Chapter number

15

Pagination

297 - 314

Publisher

Information Science Reference

Place of publication

Hershey, Pa.

ISBN-13

9781615208005

ISBN-10

1615208003

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2011, IGI Global

Extent

15

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Steyn, G Johanson

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