ict and economic growth

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Unformatted text preview: GOOD PRACTICE PAPER ON ICTS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND POVERTY REDUCTION THE DAC JOURNAL 2005, VOL. 6 No 3 - ISSN: 15633152 - © OECD 2005 27 Part II Good Practice Paper on ICTs for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction Abstract . This report aims to give an overview of what DAC members currently know about how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use in developing economies can stimulate economic growth and poverty reduction. It draws attention to the cross-cutting applications of ICTs, to their role as tools, not goals, and links their use to development co-operation. The report presents three key discussions. Chapter 2 considers the contribution of ICTs to pro-poor growth. Chapter 3 discusses the contribution of ICTs to the Millennium Development Goals, drawing attention to the processes that lead to the goals. Chapter 4 looks specifically at poverty-reduction good practice and relates what is currently known to the role of ICTs. It is hoped that this text will clarify the debate on the role of ICTs, and give a framework for extending the discussion so that ICTs may find their rightful place in development co-operation. Acknowledgements : This report was prepared by Mr. Simon Batchelor and Mr. Nigel Scott, Gamos Ltd, with inputs from Mr. David Woolnough currently with the ICD team of UK Department for International Development (DFID). The project was initiated and co-ordinated by Mr. Ichiro Tambo, Adviser on Science and Technology, OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate. It was funded by the Government of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It draws on many works published by OECD-DAC members and thanks are extended to all contributors. In particular, Chapter 4 draws significantly on a consultation of DAC members, the work undertaken during 2004 by Mr. Benoit D'Ansembourg, then independent ICT consultant. Any comments or queries regarding this paper should be addressed to < [email protected] >. GOOD PRACTICE PAPER ON ICTS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND POVERTY REDUCTION THE DAC JOURNAL 2005, VOL. 6 No 3 - ISSN: 15633152 - © OECD 2005 29 Foreword There is considerable debate about the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in economic growth and poverty reduction. Should ICTs be considered only as a sector within infrastructure? A study of financing ICTs for development 1 clearly shows that ODA investment in ICT as infrastructure has declined over the last ten years, dropping from USD 1.2 billion in 1991 to USD 194 million in 2002. The private sector has heavily invested in ICTs as an infrastructure. How should the development community respond? How should the development community work with ICTs for economic growth? Studies in the growth of the developed economies suggest that ICTs do have a strong role. But the conditions in developing countries are very different, and the link between cause and effect is still under debate....
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