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i4d Hails UNESCO’s Efforts to Use ICT for Poverty Reduction

01-07-2004 (Paris)
i4d, a journal devoted to “Information for Development” discusses UNESCO’s project to asses the impact of ICT in poverty reduction in its May issue. The journal says that “UNESCO has been a far sighted agency in identifying and supporting innovative action research programmes and creating new paradigms of learning in community ICT usage and poverty eradication in South Asia”.
The issue discusses the research findings based on nine UNESCO projects ranging from local radio broadcasting through cable, ICT enabled livelihood generation, enabling socially relevant ICT infrastructure services to gender empowerment.

The nine project sites cover a range of poor individuals and communities in a variety of technology mixes. Each one has a different social and technological access model that aim to addresses both the root cause of poverty and barriers to ICT usage by poor. A trained research worker in each site feeds the research findings regularly to the project to ensure the adaptability of the access model to suit the evolving usage needs.

Working with parallel UNESCO initiatives, the projects are operated in partnership with NGOs, governments, universities, private companies, media and technology groups as well as poor women, youth and their families.
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