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Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Tim Unwin


The development of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has transformed the world over the last two decades. These technologies are often seen as being inherently ‘good’, with the ability to make the world better, and in particular to reduce poverty. However, their darker side is frequently ignored in such accounts. ICTs undoubtedly have the potential to reduce poverty, for example by enhancing education, health delivery, rural development, and entrepreneurship across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. However, all too often, projects designed to do so fail to go to scale, and a ... More

Keywords: ICT4D, poverty, development, ICTs, inequality, technology, governments, private sector, civil society, multi-sector partnerships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795292
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Unwin, author
UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and Emeritus Professor of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London