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UNESCO Releases New Publication on ICT Application to Fight Poverty
'Profiles and Experiences in ICT Innovation for Poverty Reduction' looks in detail at four innovative initiatives in South Asia that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of efforts to reduce poverty. The initiatives were started as part of a UNESCO pilot project in the Asia-Pacific.

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UNESCO Releases New Publication on ICT Application to Fight Poverty

02-02-2005 (New Delhi)
'Profiles and Experiences in ICT Innovation for Poverty Reduction' looks in detail at four innovative initiatives in South Asia that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of efforts to reduce poverty. The initiatives were started as part of a UNESCO pilot project in the Asia-Pacific.
The four initiatives - one in Bangladesh, two in India, and one in Nepal - form part of a research and innovation network spread across over twelve locations in the region.

The initiatives combine technologies and media - such as computer, internet, radio, video, tabloids - in various combinations in response to community needs. Efforts at different locations are led by a range of institutions including NGOs, universities, private companies, media and technology groups in partnership with women, men and youth in the local communities.

Ethnographic action research as an approach has been integrated into the project from the outset. The approach seeks out insights into many of the complex issues that surround questions of using ICTs to reduce poverty. This publication is the second in a set of twin publications on this project. The first publication discussed preliminary findings from the research while the present one profiles some of the initiatives within the network.

The publication includes six chapters including four on different local initiatives. These chapters discuss background and key features of the initiatives including media and technology combinations, costs, research features and preliminary insights into impact on local poverty. 'Solution maps' attached to each chapter present the technical and social innovations and network configurations involved. There are also chapters on the ethnographic action research website - a critical tool in the development of the research network - its functions and use, as well as a chapter on the eNRICH community browser, a customizable content management solution developed by the National Informatics Centre of the Government of India.

The detailed profiles aim at providing valuable information to individuals and groups seeking to initiate and develop similar efforts to use ICTs as tools to reduce poverty. In addition to sharing detailed experiences from UNESCO's network, the publication also aims to critically engage with other similar initiatives in different parts of the developing world.

(By Savithri Subramanian, UNESCO New Delhi)

Full title

Slater, Don, Jo Tacchi: Profiles and Experiences in ICT Innovation for Poverty Reduction (Editors: Savithri Subramanian, Ian Pringle) . - New Delhi: UNESCO, 2004 ISBN 81-89218-03-4

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          · Information for Community Development
          · India: News Archive 2005
          · Nepal: News Archive 2005
          · Bangladesh: News Archive 2005
          · World Press Freedom Day 2006
          · Asia and the Pacific: News Archive 2005


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