Can Technology End Poverty?

Taking a more abstract and critical look at ICT4D, the article titled “Can Technology End Poverty?” from The Boston Review considers why ICT4D projects have become so popular in recent years.  It looks at many of the benefits and costs, including the opportunity costs for both organizations and to the targeted people who benefit from the ICT4D initiatives and projects.   Although implementing technologically-based strategies to help end long-term poverty reduction has been proven on small-scale projects, the article also considers how the success of implementing ICTs is dependent on the people handling the projects (administrators, supporters, stakeholders) and understanding the target users.  In order for technology to alleviate the lives of those in poverty, the beneficiaries of ICTs must have the human competence to effectively use them.

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