How ICT4D Research Fails the Poor

Title: How ICT4D Research Fails the Poor
Author: Roger W. Harris
Source: Taylor & Francis Online
Date (published): 27/03/2015
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Research can improve development policies and practices and funders increasingly require evidence of such socioeconomic impact from their investments. This article questions whether information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) research conforms to the requirements for achieving socioeconomic impact. We report on a literature review of the impact of research in international development and a survey of ICT4D researchers who assessed the extent to which they follow practices for achieving socioeconomic impact. The findings suggest that while ICT4D researchers are interested in influencing both practice and policy, they are less inclined toward the activities that would make this happen, especially engaging with users of their research and communicating their findings to a wider audience. Their institutions do not provide incentives for researchers to adopt these practices. ICT4D researchers and their institutions should engage more closely with the users of their research through more and better communications with the public, especially through the use of information and communication technologies.

State of Connectivity 2015: A Report on Global Internet Access

Title: State of Connectivity 2015: A Report on Global Internet Access
Source: Facebook Newsroom
Date (published): 21/02/2016
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: State of Connectivity 2015: A Report on Global Internet Access, the second annual study by Facebook, takes a close look at the current state of global internet connectivity, how it has changed since 2014 and how we can use the data identified to generate new insights.

Radio Days In Afghanistan

Title: Radio Days In Afghanistan
Author: Djaounsede Pardon Madjiangar
Source: World Food Programme
Date (published): 24/02/2016
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Getting accurate and reliable market information has always been challenging for farmers living in Afghanistan’s remote rural areas. But a community-based radio is now playing a role in filling the information gap, reducing transaction costs and increasing farmers’ incomes.

How students in Uruguayan schools are being taught English over the Internet by teachers in Argentina - and in the UK & the Philippines

Title: How students in Uruguayan schools are being taught English over the Internet by teachers in Argentina - and in the UK & the Philippines
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: Edutech - A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education
Date (published): 06/05/2016
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Recognizing its relevance in the global marketplace, the small South American country of Uruguay has placed increasing emphasis on improving the abilities of its schoolchildren to speak English. In trying to achieve this objective, however, it has faced a very acute resource constraint: There just aren't enough qualified teachers of English working in Uruguayan schools.

Using Text Messages to Improve Reproductive Health In Ghana

Title: Using Text Messages to Improve Reproductive Health In Ghana
Source: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: reserach report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Improving adolescents’ access to information about safe sex practices is crucial for safeguarding the health of future generations. In Ghana, Innovations for Poverty Action and researchers evaluated the impact of a program that provided young women with information on reproductive health via text messages. The study found that the program improved young women’s knowledge about contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and other reproductive health topics.

Why connecting women globally is vital

Title: Why connecting women globally is vital
Author: Claire Sibthorpe
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 03/05/2016
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For millions of people worldwide, though, their mobile device is not seen as a luxury, but as a necessity; in some cases, it can even be considered a lifeline. In emerging markets, mobile is often the only way to access the internet and to benefit from advances in remote health care, education and financial services.

Disruptive innovation: The most viable strategy for economic development in Africa

Title: Disruptive innovation: The most viable strategy for economic development in Africa
Author: Efosa Ojomo
Source: AfricaCan End Poverty - World Bank Blogs
Date (published): 05/05/2016
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Without question, Africa is the poorest region in the world. The chart below shows the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) per person – an imperfect but widely used measure – for Africa and the rest of the world.

Watly: The computer that provides clean water, energy, internet access

Title: Watly: The computer that provides clean water, energy, internet access
Author: Kieron Monks
Source: CNN
Date (published): 09/05/2016
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Touted by its creators as the "world's largest solar-powered computer," it could offer a quantum leap for development across rural Africa. The Watly machine, created by an Italian-Spanish start-up of the same name, resembles a futuristic space capsule. But its mission is to provide electricity, clean water, and Internet services that could transform lives and economies across rural Africa.

Should ICT4D Be Sidestreamed or Mainstreamed?

Title: Should ICT4D Be Sidestreamed or Mainstreamed?
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 04/05/2016
Date (accessed): 16/05/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Around the time of the MDGs, ICT4D became the focus for a critical mass of activity; a “sidestreaming” approach that saw specialist ICT4D units arise in a number of international and national organisations. Following the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), this was largely mainstreamed, with specialist units being disbanded or shrinking, and ICT4D expertise seen as diffused into the main development sectors. There is a logic to mainstreaming – if done right – in ensuring integration of ICTs into a broad range of development goals.

ICTs and the failure of the Sustainable Development Goals

Title: ICTs and the failure of the Sustainable Development Goals
Author: Tim Unwin
Source: Tim Unwin's Blog - WordPress.com
Date (published): 05/08/2015
Date (accessed): 02/05/2016
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The euphoria associated with the consensus reached by UN member states on 2nd August on the Sustainable Development Agenda to be signed by World Leaders in New York on 25-27 September is fundamentally misplaced, although not unexpected (for process see UN Post-2015 Development Agenda). The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will do little to reduce poverty, will continue to propagate a world system based on inequality, and will continue primarily to serve the interests of those in the UN system and practitioners in the “development industry”.

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