oa Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Using information and communication technologies (lCTs) for development at centres in rural communities: lessons learned

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



Literature on the use of information and communication technologies (lCTs) for developmental purposes at community centres refers to these centres in various ways, e.g. as telecentres, telecottages, community teleservice centres, telecommuting centres, and community technology centres. This article starts by examining this range of centres, and by descriptionbing the activities that typically occur at such centres throughout the world. An attempt is made to develop a typology of such centres. Of particular interest are community telecentres where lCTs are used to promote development in rural areas. This is followed by a list of lessons learned regarding using lCTs effectively for development purposes at rural telecentres. These lessons are illustrated through specific South African case studies involving lCT usage at rural telecentres.

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