Capacity Development Initiatives for Marginal Communities: A Few Case Studies

Capacity Development Initiatives for Marginal Communities: A Few Case Studies

M. Aminul Islam (United Nations Development Program, Bangladesh), Elena Murelli (universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy), Frederick Noronha (Bytesforall, India) and Hakikur Rahman (Sustainable Development Networking Program, Bangladesh)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 36
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-699-0.ch013
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Capacity development initiatives for marginal communities with information and knowledge under the contemporary global scenario perhaps could be one of the effective instruments to make a meaningful change towards sustainable human development in developing countries. Information networking can play a key role in the initiatives toward enhancing opportunities for improved livelihood, health for all, food security, disaster management, and sustainable development. Best practices are already known in this regard such as e-commerce for better livelihood and employment, telemedicine for health, tele-food for food security, early warning for disaster preparedness, and sustainable development network as a comprehensive treatment for the sustainable development. This chapter focuses on how capacity development initiatives for marginal communities work with reference toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in developing countries. It approaches the issues and concerns related with the empowerment of the marginal communities, problems, and apprehensions in human and social capacity development in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. A lot more effort is required from governments, NGOs, and other multilateral agencies in order to bring about a sustainable mechanism of ICT planning, implementations, and development in developing countries. This chapter aims at highlighting the importance of ICT development, and the issues and concerns that are related for its expansion in the developing world for securing sustainable development.

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Role of ICT in Empowerment
Hakikur Rahman
Chapter 1
Cecilia Stanton
Delivering online quality education and equal access requires a commitment to diverse learner populations. This chapter outlines some of the reasons... Sample PDF
Diversity Chalenges in Online Learning
Chapter 2
Hakikur Rahman
Effective use of information technology can play an important role in learning processes among constricted-bandwidth-inflicted countries with bare... Sample PDF
Empowerment of Marginal Communities Through Information-Driven Learning
Chapter 3
Hannah Beardon
The digital divide has its roots in the political and power dynamics that underlie all inequality. It follows, therefore, that the response from the... Sample PDF
ICTs, Empowerment, and Development: Articulating Grassroots Analysis Through Participatory Approaches
Chapter 4
Timlynn T. Babitsky, James F. Salmons
Information and communication technology (ICT) is a potentially potent force for empowering marginal communities in developing countries. To be... Sample PDF
Affecting Change from the Grassroots: Making a Difference without Power, Prestige, or Money
Chapter 5
Sarah Parkinson
This chapter focuses on the importance of social structures in enabling equitable access opportunities and useful applications of ICTs. It further... Sample PDF
Social Structures for Access, Use, and Development
Chapter 6
Björn-Sören Gigler
Under which conditions can information and communications technologies (ICTs) enhance the well-being of indigenous communities? This chapter... Sample PDF
Enacting and Interpreting Technology- From Usage to Well-Being: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples with ICTs
Chapter 7
Al P. Mizell
The Internet has become an essential element of all society today. Those who can access the World Wide Web have become active participants in the... Sample PDF
Helping Close the Digital Divide for Financially Disadvantaged Seniors
Chapter 8
Rosanna Tarsiero
The chapter provides the reader with an overview of the problems persons with mental illness experience in their everyday life, and guides readers... Sample PDF
Community-Based Information Technology Interventions for Persons with Mental Illness
Chapter 9
Surmaya Talyarkhan, David J. Grimshaw, Lucky Lowe
This chapter characterises the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) to share information with people at grassroots as connecting the... Sample PDF
Connecting the First Mile: A Best Practice Framework for ICT-Based Knowledge Sharing Initiatives
Chapter 10
Fazila Farouk, David Barnard
This chapter discusses the challenges facing social justice organisations working in the South African non-profit sector in their attempts to... Sample PDF
The Internet as a Fundraising Tool for Marginal Communities in South Africa
Chapter 11
Kam H. Vat
The chapter investigates an actionable context of knowledge networking, from the perspective of sustainable development which should accommodate the... Sample PDF
Building Virtual Communities Through a De-Marginalized View of Knowledge Networking
Chapter 12
Robert Jordan, Worachat Buranapunsri, Zane Berge
In this chapter, accessibility is defined as providing barrier-free Internet applications for those with physical and other disabilities. In some... Sample PDF
Sustaining Internet Accessibility
Chapter 13
M. Aminul Islam, Elena Murelli, Frederick Noronha, Hakikur Rahman
Capacity development initiatives for marginal communities with information and knowledge under the contemporary global scenario perhaps could be one... Sample PDF
Capacity Development Initiatives for Marginal Communities: A Few Case Studies
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