The Role of ICT in Advancing Growth in Least Developed Countries

Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

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This report shows that, while LDCs are, by definition, particularly burdened by severe structural impediments to growth, progress is possible. It introduces the cases of the three countries that have graduated from the LDC status since the category was established (Botswana, Cape Verde and Maldives), as well as those of five countries in the Pacific region, facing the special challenges of being Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The case studies overview the progress made by each country in improving telecommunication and ICTconnectivity and establishing an enabling regulatory framework for the deployment of this infrastructure. The report also examines the impact of ICT in promoting socio-economic development in these countries and presents lessons and remaining challenges.



Missed understandings: How ICT might yet prompt change in development

‘Information and Communication Technologies’ and ‘Development’ are two domains of thought and practice. Each domain contains its own differences of opinion and each is understood and experienced in widely different ways, even by those who work within it. It is therefore not surprising that the domain seeking to bring these domains together, known as Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) or ICT4D, is riven with widely different assertions as to what needs to be done. Within these differences there may be some deep-seated conflicts of opinion or of interest, as is discussed in this chapter. However, these divergences may also relate to differences of understanding, of actual ignorance of other points of view and of approach, and consequently, of ignorance about some of the potential synergies between the many existing approaches.


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