Information and communication technologies and poverty alleviation

S. Arunachalam

Current Science, Volume 87, Issue 7, 10 October 2004, Pages 960-966

The role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in poverty alleviation is discussed based largely on what has happened in the past six years in a cluster of ten villages in Pondicherry, southern India through the intervention of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai. If intelligently used, ICTs can make a difference to the lives of people. The article concludes with a set of recommendations and action points for governments in developing countries, donor agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in implementing micro level poverty alleviation programmes.


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