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Tackling poverty in Asia

MOLLETT, Roger
September 2002

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This publication analyses current trends in European Union-Asia development cooperation, political dialogue, and trade and investment flows from the development persepctive. It finds that EU aid to Asia should be increased to reflect the high levels of poverty in the region and be focused on sectors contributing to poverty reduction; that European and Asian governments should engage in political dialogue to establish a common strategy for achieving the UN Millenium Development Goals; and EU trade and agriculture policies should be made consistent with efforts to reduce poverty

The significance of information and communication technologies for reducing poverty

MARKER, Phil
MCNAMARA, Kerry
WALLACE, Lindsay
January 2002

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A study for DFID staff, and for policy consideration, about the role of ICT in development. Identifies and assess the links between information and poverty, and concludes that although spreading ICT ('bridging the digital divide') should not be an end in itself, there is enormous potential for ICTs to increase information flow and empower poor people. The study then discusses the potential role of the international community, and sets out specific recommendations for DFID. Includes several appendices containing: a bibliography; brief case studies of Chile, Costa Rica and India; and list of related DFID funded projects. The study concludes that ICT should not be viewed as an end itself but has the potential as a tool to increase information flows and empower people. It can play a part in achieving International Development Goals

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