ICTs for Development

February 10, 2008

Sobering up from the ICT euphoria

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It seems that the Economist is on a roll this week, not only for publishing the m-banking article Uri blogged about, but also for somehow knowing that this week we are testing “the evidence” of ICTs4dev.

The Economist features these two VERY relevant articles on Technology & Development (“The Limits of Leapfrogging” & “Of Internet Cafes and Power Cuts“). I highly recommend reading them.

Consider this passage for example:

It is all too easy to forget that in the developed world, the 21st century’s gizmos are underpinned by infrastructure that often dates back to the 20th or even the 19th. Computers and broadband links are not much use without a reliable electrical supply, for example, and the latest medical gear is not terribly helpful in a country that lacks basic sanitation and health-care facilities…

Sound familiar? I couldn’t help but think the articles could have come straight from the pages of Cynthia Hewitt de Alcantara’s “The Development Divide in a Digital Age” which we read this week.

(photo credit: The Economist)


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