n Mousaion - Using selected models to explore the connection between information and communication technologies and poverty reduction in developing countries

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Within the context of development, there is now a general agreement that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are a powerful tool for development and poverty reduction. Thus, the central question for developing countries is not whether ICTs should be introduced for development purposes but rather, what will be the best way to implement ICTs with a focus on poverty reduction, and in a manner that facilitates developing countries to respond to the information society. Various models have been developed to explain the relationship between ICTs and development. This article presents an analysis of the models and assesses their applicability in the context of developing countries. Some of the challenges that developing countries face in leveraging ICTs for development are also highlighted. Finally, the article combines ideas from these models to come up with a tripartite ICT model for development framework that includes the best of all the discussed models.

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