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Virtual change : indicators for assessing the impact of ICTs in development

FEEK, Warren

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New ways of working and approaches to technology have led communication for development specialists to re-examine the social embeddedness of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how we assess their impact. The earliest discourse on ICTs for development focused on the issue of access and capacity building (and latterly content) However, in some areas the ICT revolution served only to widen existing economic and social gaps prompting communication for development specialists and others to argue that that if the opportunities offered by ICTs are to be realised, poor people must be active determinants of the process, not just passive onlookers or consumers. Access and use of ICTs are relevant therefore to the degree that they enable people to participate in and influence society

Estrategia nacional para la sociedad de la información


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The National Strategy for the Information Society of the of the Dominican Republic (e-Dominicana) is a joint effort of the Dominican society, led by the Dominican Institute of the Telecommunications, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. For its formulation the different actors from the government, the private sector and civil society were consulted. The e-Dominican Strategy aims to promote human development, to construct competitive advantages and to offer Dominican people better opportunities, through the use, appropriation and development of the ICTs

Programa de acción : e-Salud. Telemedicina


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The document describes the programme e-Salud, one of the components of the National Program of Health 2001-2006 of the Mexican Government. It details its objectives, main strategies, action points and the system of evaluation of the results. The programme aims to improve communication on health in Mexico (among the health system, health personnel and citizens). It also looks to strengthen health institutions, to build the capacity of the population to take responsibility for their health care and healthcare seeking, to extend choice in services, to protect against catastrophic medical expenses and to participate in the definition of the health national agenda, as well as to have mechanisms to respond to suggestions and demands. A diagnosis is made of the situation of health in Mexico, as well as of ICT initiatives in health carried out to extend health service coverage, especially to the poorest and marginalized sectors of the population, to facilitate the exchange of information in health sector, to support the promotion and protection of the health, and to carry out distance training for health personnel


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