Information and Communication Technologies Provision to Rural Communities: The Case of Gutu World Links Telecenter in Zimbabwe

Information and Communication Technologies Provision to Rural Communities: The Case of Gutu World Links Telecenter in Zimbabwe

Shirley Chikowore-Kabwato (International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, South Africa) and Isola Ajiferuke (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch139
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Abstract

This chapter introduces information and communication technologies as having the potential of aiding the sustainable development of rural communities through distance education, telemedicine, and the provision of timely information on agriculture and the environment. It argues that telecenters offer practical and community-oriented ways to bring information and communication technologies services to the rural people. Furthermore, based on the outcome of an evaluation of a telecenter in Zimbabwe, it is suggested that in order for a telecenter to offer effective, efficient and sustainable services, local needs assessment would need to be conducted, the telecenter located at a central place, and an awareness-building campaign targeted at potential users.

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