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Up-scaling pro-poor ICT policies and practices

GERSTER, Richard
ZIMMERMANN, Sonja
February 2005

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This paper is the result of a literature review and discussions during a two-day workshop. It examines how ICT can make a difference in reducing poverty and reaching the MDGs. This potential contrasts, however, with the relatively modest pro-poor ICT implementation level. It asks what key barriers impede the implementation of declarations, and how can we multiply, upscale and replicate successful pilot projects. This study idenfies four "basic requirements" for successful up-scaling of poverty reduction through ICTs: an enabling ICT policy environment; a high priority assigned to ICT for poverty reduction; appropriate technology choices; and mobilisation of additional public and private resources

Innovation and investment : information and communication technologies and the Millennium Development Goals

GILHOOLY, Denis
2005

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The intersection of ICT and the MDGs forms a critical nexus for the future of sustainable human development and poverty eradication. This paper argues that while the means to meet the challenge for scaling up innovation and investment in ICT for development are actually close at hand, the so-called "digital divide" has shifted perilously in recent years to the detriment of the poorest and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with major missed opportunities for the achievement of the MDGs

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