Can National Information Infrastructures Enhance Social Development in the Least Developed Countries? An Empirical Investigation

Can National Information Infrastructures Enhance Social Development in the Least Developed Countries? An Empirical Investigation

Peter Meso (Kent State University, USA) and Nancy Duncan (Kent State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 29
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-931777-03-2.ch002
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Abstract

The need for national information infrastructures (NII) in the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) tends to be overshadowed by the nation’s severe deficiencies in physical infrastructure. Consequently NII may be inadequately addressed by governments and supporting agencies in their plans for stimulating social growth. The example of Singapore’s TradeNet and other lesser-developed countries developing national, electronic information infrastructures, suggests that information technology infrastructure may enable an LDC to develop at a particularly advanced rate. This paper studies the relationship of information infrastructure and social development. It establishes a clear correlation between 1) levels of information infrastructure and social development, and 2) growth rates of information infrastructure and social development. The findings suggest that governments of LDCs may enhance their countries’ growth by developing strategic plans for NII development.

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