ICT for Development
This book addresses many of the problems and possibilities of using networked technologies for developmental objectives. We lay out our views on how best to create digitally-enabled infrastructure in chapters 1 and 2. In chapter 3 we describe the social and economic impact of networked technologies on rural societies and various kinds of organizations, based on our own experiences. Chapter 4 discusses statistics and recent trends within the sector, that are based on an analysis of our extensive database on this sector. Sections 5, 6, and 7 of this document describe actually existing technologies, projects and resources in South Asia that use or facilitate the use of ICTs for various developmental objectives. This listing is by no means encyclopedic, and is intended only as a guide to the unfolding landscape. Investors and entrepreneurs are invited to think of these resources as an incomplete toolkit, or kit-of-parts, that may be assembled together for new and innovative applications, experiments, and projects. Although the majority of cases discussed here are from India, they may serve as resources for the rest of South Asia, as well as other parts of the developing world.
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