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Information and communication technologies and large-scale poverty reduction : lessons from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

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This publication brings together case studies and lessons learned around the enabling role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in fighting poverty. The lessons included have been derived from various events and processes. They highlight the role of ICT in increasing efficiency, reaching a broader audience; achieving greater effectiveness, participation, interactive communication and service delivery in health and education; providing a healthier business environment, with greater access to markets, information, finance schemes and job opportunities

Fighting rural poverty : the role of information and communication technologies|[What can information and communication technologoes (ICTs) do for the world's 900 million extremely poor people who live in rural areas?]


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This paper brings together some presentations, key issues and recommendations emerged during the discussion in a side event organised by IFAD at the WSIS. The paper calls for greater emphasis on communication rather than on technology, and on the process and content rather than on access and machines. Effective ICT deployment must satisfy the need for ownership, local content, language, culture and appropriateness of technology used. Crucially, communication initiatives should aim at strengthening the capacities of rural people to participate in policy processes

Contribution to poverty alleviation and community participation of rural persons with disabilities

HANKO, Johanne

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This report outlines Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) role and various initiatives in the Asia Pacific region, that integrate people with disabilities in agricultural and rural development. It concludes by highlighting lessons learned, gaps and future actions. It would be is useful for people interested in the integration of people with disabilities in agricultural and rural development

STEP : Social transformation and educational prosperity

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Social Transformation & Educational Prosperity - STEP is a small organisation working with grassroots level communities in Faisalabad and Pirmahal, slum, urban and remote rural areas to create sustainable development. STEP takes a participatory approach in all the activities that it organises. These include: education for all, vocational skills development, health activities, women's empowerment, inter-faith harmony, and agricultural development


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