The Third MSSRF South – South Exchange Travelling Workshop 15-22 October 2004
Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry, India
The past decade has witnessed the rise of ICT-enabled development initiatives, notably the emergence of information kiosks (or telecentres) in different parts of the developing world. Concurrently, there has also been an increase in the number of skeptics who question the wisdom of investing in ‘ICT4D’ programmes when there are more serious concerns such as widespread hunger, poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy. While many ICT4D experiments failed to deliver, no doubt there have been some successful experiments to show that ICTs, if used intelligently and innovatively and are embedded in a holistic development strategy, can make a difference. But these experiments are yet to be scaled up. Incidentally, MSSRF has formed a National Alliance to upscale the IDRC- supported Information Village Research Project, which operates in a dozen villages in Pondicherry, into a nationwide endeavour of making every village a knowledge centre.