Reaching the Unreached: How Can We Use ICTs to Empower the Rural Poor in the Developing World through Enhanced Access to Relevant Information?

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Title:
Reaching the Unreached: How Can We Use ICTs to Empower the Rural Poor in the Developing World through Enhanced Access to Relevant Information?
Author:
Arunachalam, Subbiah
Citation:
Reaching the Unreached: How Can We Use ICTs to Empower the Rural Poor in the Developing World through Enhanced Access to Relevant Information? 2002, :1-11
Issue Date:
2002
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105524
Submitted date:
2005-05-16
Abstract:
Often funding agencies and donor governments face the question should they support ICT activities in their development projects. Should the money be invested in computers and communication devices or will it be better spent on food, shelter, health, and education? The choice need not be 'either or'. If used intelligently and innovatively, ICTs can form an integral component of development projects, as is shown by the award-winning Information Village project of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. The important point to remember is that one does not have to use technology because it is there, but one uses it if there is a genuine advantage. In any development programme, people and their contexts should decide how one goes about implementing development interventions. The needs of the people and the best means to satisfy them should determine the whole programme. Often ICT-based development projects do not bring in the expected results because of undue emphasis placed on technology. Against this background, the factors that led to the success of the Pondicherry experience are analysed.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Communications
Local subject classification:
information availability; communication technologies convergence; disadvantage population

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorArunachalam, Subbiahen_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-05-16T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:26:54Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.date.submitted2005-05-16en_US
dc.identifier.citationReaching the Unreached: How Can We Use ICTs to Empower the Rural Poor in the Developing World through Enhanced Access to Relevant Information? 2002, :1-11en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105524-
dc.description.abstractOften funding agencies and donor governments face the question should they support ICT activities in their development projects. Should the money be invested in computers and communication devices or will it be better spent on food, shelter, health, and education? The choice need not be 'either or'. If used intelligently and innovatively, ICTs can form an integral component of development projects, as is shown by the award-winning Information Village project of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. The important point to remember is that one does not have to use technology because it is there, but one uses it if there is a genuine advantage. In any development programme, people and their contexts should decide how one goes about implementing development interventions. The needs of the people and the best means to satisfy them should determine the whole programme. Often ICT-based development projects do not bring in the expected results because of undue emphasis placed on technology. Against this background, the factors that led to the success of the Pondicherry experience are analysed.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectCommunicationsen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation availabilityen_US
dc.subject.othercommunication technologies convergenceen_US
dc.subject.otherdisadvantage populationen_US
dc.titleReaching the Unreached: How Can We Use ICTs to Empower the Rural Poor in the Developing World through Enhanced Access to Relevant Information?en_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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