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.
19 September 2011
Can Technology End Poverty?
This entry was posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 3:24 pm and tagged with capabilities, digital divide, ICT4D, Poverty, stakeholders and posted in Rural Development, Theory & Framework. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
- RT @gentile_orjulia: “@gatesfoundation: Why banks can, and should, take on the "unbanked": Video interview with @BillGates: http://t.co/6mu… 3 years ago
- Good intentions alone can mean a faulty foundation for #development. Check out our classmate's perspective: tulaneict4d.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/les… #ICT4D 3 years ago
- @AgroamCommunity how interesting! Is equity #access available to most agricultural partners in your communities? #ICT4D 3 years ago
- @wayan_vota Wow! Know of any similar projects or plans to continue/extend this trial? #ICT4D #SMS #literacy 3 years ago
- @melindagates What programs/organizations are combating deadly #mosquitoes? Which are most successful and what are the benefits? #IDEV 3 years ago
- #Internet Africa agriculture Arab Spring bangladesh brazil China Communication computers corruption crowdsourcing Cyber Security Cybersecurity development digital divide disaster relief disaster response disasters e-government e-learning education Facebook failure Failures in ICT4D gender ghana GIS google government Haiti Health healthcare ICT ICT4D ICT4D Professional ICT policy ICTs India infrastructure internet ITU Kenya kony 2012 mapping MDGs mHealth mobile Mobile Phones mobiles mobile technology Nigeria OLPC One Laptop Per Child Peru Poverty Radio Richard Heeks rural development Rwanda SMS Social Media South Africa sustainability Tanzania technology Telecommunications telemedicine Twitter Uganda UN United States Ushahidi women World Bank YouTube
- 89,588 hits