ICT4D provides an authoritative account of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in contemporary development practice. It combines theory with practical guidance – including both a conceptual framework for understanding the rapid development of ICT4D. Case studies provide detailed examples of issues and initiatives from a variety of countries and organisations.
ICTs are becoming increasingly significant in improving the impacts of development practice. However, ICT4D projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America have not always been as effective as their proponents had hoped. This book explores both the successes and the challenges facing such initiatives, and provides clear recommendations for how they can be developed in more sustainable ways for the benefit of poor people and marginalised communities.
ICT4D is essential reading for anyone involved in planning, designing or implementing ICT4D initiatives.
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1 Introduction; Part 1 – Contextual framework: 2 Development agendas and the place of ICTs; 3 Information and communication in development practices; 4 The technologies: identifying appropriate solutions for development needs; 5 The implementation of ICT4D initiatives; Part 2 – Practical applications: 6 ICTs, enterprise and development; 7 ICT in education: catalyst for development; 8 E-health: information and communication technologies for health; 9 E-government and e-governance; 10 Information and communication technologies for rural development; 11 Conclusions.