Role of ICTs in Socioeconomic Development and Poverty Reduction

Role of ICTs in Socioeconomic Development and Poverty Reduction

Hakikur Rahman (SDNP, Bangladesh)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-186-5.ch010
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Abstract

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are often promoted as central to reviving and sustaining regional communities. Apart from these, the revolutionary feature of modern ICTs—mainly the Internet and mobile telephony—facilitate low cost and speedy interaction among network participants. In this context, knowledge and information are fundamental for facilitating rural development and bringing about social and economic escalation. Nowadays, ICTs are universally acknowledged as powerful tools for development. At the same time, ICTs are seemingly essential to social development and economic growth. In recent years, the process of ICTs has been influencing the socioeconomic context in many countries. Despite that, in many countries a significant proportion of the population does not have access to clean water, sanitation, basic health services and proper education; ICTs provide novel opportunities for information interchange and technology transfer. This chapter looks into critical aspects of ICTs in raising socioeconomic development in underdeveloped countries and tries to illustrate success cases in developed countries that can be replicated in developing countries to reduce poverty. Emphasis has been given to analyze the role of ICTs in poverty reduction processes upholding regional developments. Enactment of ICTs has been elaborately discussed for the uplift of community and it has been observed that solving common causes for common citizens needs strategic implementation of policies at the central core and pragmatic implementation of actions at the grass roots. Simultaneously, this chapter discusses various critical aspects of the development processes to achieve good governance that is vital for sustainable development. However, as ingredients for uplift through ICTs, institutional approaches in various forms have been found to be extremely effective for socioeconomic development and at the same time for regional developments.

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Chapter 1
James J. Rennie
ICTs can play an important role in improving public education in rural regions. The effects of ICT use in schools can, in turn, bring unexpected... Sample PDF
ICTs and Educational Benefits in Regional Development
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Chapter 2
Juha Kettunen
This study analyzes the strategic planning of the ICT center, which is a joint venture of three higher education institutions. The strategies of... Sample PDF
Strategies for the Cooperation of Higher Education Institutions in ICT
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Chapter 3
Hakikur Rahman
ICT mediated learning provides utilities for achieving the goal of education for all, and in turn acts as an enabler in reducing the digital divide... Sample PDF
ICT-Based Learning: A Basic Ingredient for Socio-Economic Empowerment
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Chapter 4
Ángela-Jo Medina
This chapter introduces the impact of new information and communication technologies (nICTs), specifically the Internet, on national and... Sample PDF
New ICTs for Conflict Prevention and Management
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Chapter 5
Laura Márquez-Ramos, Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, Celestino Suárez-Burguet
This chapter tests empirically to what extent technological innovation influences international trade and studies its effect on different groups of... Sample PDF
Technological Innovation, Trade and Development
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Chapter 6
Tom Denison
Using a case study approach, this chapter examines the role of organizational networks in the success and failure of information and communications... Sample PDF
Support Networks for Rural and Regional Communities
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Chapter 7
Martin Schell
Localization of a document or other product requires tacit knowledge of the target language and culture. Although it is promoted by many activists... Sample PDF
Developing a Global Perspective for Knowledge Management
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Chapter 8
David Rooney, Elizabeth Ferrier, Phil Graham, Ashley Jones
This chapter examines the possibility of creating online creative production archives with which to make locally and internationally sourced high... Sample PDF
Cultural Knowledge Management and Broadband Content in Development: Open Content Platforms, Copyright and Archives
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Chapter 9
Chris Keen, Dean Steer, Paul Turner
Regional Australia continues to be the recipient of public programs premised on assumptions about the benefits of Information and Communications... Sample PDF
Holistic Evaluation of the Roles of ICTs in Regional Development
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Chapter 10
Hakikur Rahman
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are often promoted as central to reviving and sustaining regional communities. Apart from these... Sample PDF
Role of ICTs in Socioeconomic Development and Poverty Reduction
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Chapter 11
Ken Stevens
Schools in rural communities of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador have been reorganized in the last decade. Because of rural to... Sample PDF
A Dissemination Strategy for the Management of Knowledge in Rural Communities
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Chapter 12
Dilip Dutta
Empirical studies that focus on impact of ICT for development usually make a distinction between ICT as a production sector and ICT as an enabler of... Sample PDF
Role of ICT in Development Process: A Review of Issues and Prospects in South Asia
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Chapter 13
Kennedy D. Gunawardana
This chapter offers a state-of-the-art review of the implementation of ICTs strategies in a developing country with special reference to Sri Lanka... Sample PDF
Potential Challenges of ICT Implementations in Sri Lanka
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Chapter 14
Derya Altunbas, Elif Tosun
This chapter introduces the importance of the Information and Communication Technologies on the regional development in Turkey. Socioeconomic... Sample PDF
E-Government Practices in Regional Context: Turkish Case
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Chapter 15
Zaipuna O. Yonah, Baanda A. Salim
This chapter attempts to enhance the understanding and knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in relation to the Tanzania... Sample PDF
ICTs as Tools for Poverty Reduction: The Tanzanian Experience
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Chapter 16
Jan-Eerik Leppanen
The banking of genetic appliances and DNA represents an attempt to understand sustainable use and preservation for the benefit of current and future... Sample PDF
Management of New Genetic Knowledge for Economic and Regional Development of Ethnic Minorities in China
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