Moving with Time and Strategy: India and Bangladesh’s Development in the Era of ICTs

Sandeep Bhaskar (Temple University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 161
EISBN13: 9781466602250|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-117-1.ch014
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This chapter presents evidence of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) towards the goal of sustainable community development. It argues that the biggest impediment to the growth of communities in the developing world is a lack of information and a fair incentive system, both of which can be addressed through ICTs. A three pronged action plan comprising of a development strategy, an information strategy, and a technology strategy is proposed towards this effect. The paper also showcases how a for-profit business, ITC Limited, transformed the face of agriculture in some parts of India, and how this model can be replicated in other parts of the world. It concludes with a description of the agricultural sector in Bangladesh and show how lessons drawn from the Indian case can be applied to Bangladesh and other developing countries.
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