ICT4D Information and Communication Technology for Development

ISBN-10: 052171236X

ISBN-13: 9780521712361

Edition: 2008

Authors: Tim Unwin
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Description: ICT4D provides a scholarly, yet highly readable, account of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in contemporary development practice. It combines theory with practical guidance - including both a conceptual framework for understanding the rapid development of ICT4D, and practitioners' overviews of the use of ICTs in enterprise, health, governance, education and rural development. Boxed case studies provide detailed examples of issues and initiatives from a wide variety of countries and organisations. ICTs are becoming increasingly significant in making a difference and improving the impacts of development practice. However, ICT4D projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America have not always been as effective as their proponents had hoped. This book explores both the successes and the challenges facing such initiatives, and provides explicit recommendations for how they can be developed in more sustainable ways for the benefit of poor people and marginalised communities. It is essential reading for anyone involved in planning, designing or implementing ICT4D initiatives.

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Book details

List price: $33.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Preface and acknowledgements
Acronyms and glossary
Contributors
Introduction
Aims and objectives
Organisation and structure
Contextual framework
Development agendas and the place of ICTs
Development agendas
Case study: 'Across the wires th' electric message came, "He is no better; he is much the same"' (Richard Manning)
Information and knowledge societies
Technological interests and social change
Information and communication in development practices
Information and communication in development
Information in development practice
Effective communication in development practice
Access, understanding and relevance
The technologies: identifying appropriate solutions for development needs
ICTs: a conceptual framework
The capture and storage of information
Case study: The Greenstone Digital Library Software (Ian H. Witten and David Bainbridge)
Case study: The internet of things (Marco Zennaro)
The physical infrastrucure
Case study: Radio for education (David Hollow)
User interfaces and information sharing
Individuals and communities: debates over software and content
Conclusions
ICT4D implementation: policies and partnerships
Global ICT4D initiatives
Case study: The World Summit on the Information Society - a reflection (Mohamed Abida)
Case study: Telecentre 2.0. What's next? Almost anything (Mark Surman)
ICT4D national policies and strategies
Case study: ICT and education strategies in the Pacific (Michael Trucano)
Multi-stakeholder partnerships and the implementation of ICT4D initiatives
Case study: LifeLines India (Melissa Gabriel and Adrian Godfrey)
Delivering effective ICT4D partnerships
Practical applications
ICTs, enterprise and development
ICT industries and ICT use
ICTs and economic development
Case study: Telecoms in post-conflict Afghanistan and Liberia (Michael L. Best and Charles Kenny)
The scale of ICT use in the developing world
The macroeconomic impact of use
The microeconomic impact of use
Success factors for ICT use
Case study: Chilean ICT policies and micro-entrepreneurs (Dorothea Kleine)
ICT in education: catalyst for development
Introduction
Education in developing countries
Developing and implementing new educational models
Case study: ICT and education in Rwanda (Alphonse Uworwabayeho, Jolly Rubagiza, Edmond Were, and Rosamund Sutherland)
Case study: Eu-China GBEP - an ICT-supported system for school-based professional development (Bernadette Robinson)
External involvement in enhancing educational delivery
Conclusions
E-health: information and communication technologies for health
Introduction
Definitions of e-health
Historical development of e-health
The contemporary e-health landscape
Assessing the impact of e-health
Limitations of e-health
The future of e-health
Conclusions
E-government and e-governance
Introduction
E-government: its evolution and its challenges
The technologies
Case study: Local e-government services: Takalar, Indonesia (Martin Crow)
E-governance as management of IT implementations in government
E-governance as transformation of the relationship of government to citizens in an information society
Key issues in formulating a development- and reform-based e-governance strategy
Conclusions
Information and communication technologies for rural development
Introduction
Stakeholder issues
ICTs for rural development: beginnings
Emerging possibilities
Case study: The hole in the wall, or minimally invasive education (Sugata Mitra)
ICT4RD: some future scenarios
ICTs, knowledge management and a new shared vision for rural development
Conclusions
ICTs and development practices
Principles for effective ICT4D implementation
Towards a more effective global ICT4D agenda
Case study: Empowering youth in Jenin (Jonatan Stanczak, Ziad El-Khatib and Mohammad Moawia)
Index
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