Cases on Developing Countries and ICT Integration: Rural Community Development

Cases on Developing Countries and ICT Integration: Rural Community Development

Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko (University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana) and Ladislaus M. Semali (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
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Release Date: September, 2011|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 260
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-117-1
ISBN13: 9781609601171|ISBN10: 1609601173|EISBN13: 9781609601195
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ICTs have the potential to make a huge impact on developing countries. Not only can ICTs be used to integrate rural communities into wider economic and social development, but digital technologies can also be used to enhance and preserve the knowledge and culture of rural communities.

Cases on Developing Countries and ICT Integration: Rural Community Development pools together experts’ experiences on ICT integration in rural community development within the context of developing countries. The technology they used is described, analyzed, and synthesized in order to offer solutions for successful application. This premier reference source is ideal for community development workers, social workers, scholars, researchers, and policy makers interested in ICTs for community development.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of ICTs
  • Economic Empowerment and Poverty Alleviation
  • Human Capital through ICTs
  • ICT Policies
  • Information Societies
  • Literacy and ICTs
  • Small Scale Enterprises
  • Social and Community Informatics
  • Tourism and ICTs
  • Tribal Digital Villages
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This book is timely and important as it reflects research, practices, and experiences on ICT integration in rural community development. It comes at a time when rural communities the world over are using wireless technologies in unparalleled numbers and with applications that include WiFi connections. With such advances of ICTs, including mobile technologies, computers, and Internet availability, both urban and rural communities have found a rallying point of convergence: communication is key to development. The authors of cases in this volume will exemplify the extent to which this realization is true. One thing certain is that cases indicate that developing countries are witnessing the shrinking of the digital divide. ICTs are changing lives in rural areas.

– Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana; and Ladislaus M. Semali, Pennsylvania State University, USA
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Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Department of Adult Education of the University of Botswana. She holds a Doctor of Education (D. Ed.) from Pennsylvania State University, United States of America. The focus of her teaching, research, and community service is capacity building tapping from diverse areas such as community development or empowerment and the economic empowerment curriculum. Her interest in these areas heightened with years of teaching and professional engagement. She has published extensively around these areas and some of her major works are with publishers like Pearson, South Africa; Heinemann, Botswana and Macmillan, South Africa. Her journals articles also spread across continents.
Ladislaus M. Semali is Professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University, in the Department of Learning and Performance Systems. Academically, he specializes in adult literacy education, comparative and international education and non-Western place-based educational epistemologies. He has published extensively and with renowned sources such as International Review of Education, Journal of Social Anthropology, and Comparative Education Review. He is author of Literacy in Multimedia America (Routledge/Falmer), Postliteracy in the Age of Democracy (Austin & Winfield) and editor of What is Indigenous Knowledge? Voices from the Academy with Joe Kincheloe (Garland).
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