Reducing Digital Divide: The Case of the ‘People First Network’ (PFNet) in the Solomon Islands

Reducing Digital Divide: The Case of the ‘People First Network’ (PFNet) in the Solomon Islands

Anand Chand (University of the South Pacific, Fiji)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-997-2.ch010
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Abstract

This chapter examines the role of People First Network (PFnet) services in enhancing information and communication and contributing to sustainable rural development and poverty reduction in Solomon Islands. More specifically, it examines two main issues. First, it examines the uptake and appropriation of PFnet services by rural Solomon Islanders. Second, it examines the impact of PFnet services on sustainable rural development and poverty reduction in Solomon Islands. This chapter is based on a empirical research conducted in Solomon Islands between January-May 2004. The chapter is organised as follows: Section one provides an overview of PFnet Project. Section two states the main aims of the study. Section three outlines the methodology used for the research. The Section four reports the main research findings. Section five discusses some problems and finally section six provides the conclusion.

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