Skip to main content

The Role of ICTs in Poverty Eradication: More Than 15 Years’ Experience from the Field

  • Chapter
  • First Online:
ICTs and the Millennium Development Goals

Abstract

The increased uptake of information and communication technology (ICT) has enabled people to access information, make informed decisions and co-create solutions to address their individual problems, contributing to poverty eradication. Despite increasing Internet access and mobile services, less than 10 % of all communication carried out is related to business or developmental issues. Access is still limited in most developing countries, particularly in remote areas. ICT for development cannot be measured based on the spread of technology alone. People’s ability to use these technologies is pivotal. ICTs are raising the demand for new e-skills where multi-stakeholder involvement is crucial. With over 15 years of experience, IICD has gained valuable insight into how organisations and individuals can benefit from ICT and overcome key challenges: accessibility, affordability, acceptability, availability, adaptability, accountability and ability. This chapter explores how ICTs can foster new forms of innovative development that are more inclusive, participative and just.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Chapter
USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
eBook
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book
USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

Similar content being viewed by others

Notes

  1. 1.

    Human development report 2010—20th anniversary edition. The real wealth of nations: Pathways to human development (p. 46). (2010). UNDP, New York.

  2. 2.

    Measuring the information society. (2010/2012). ITU.

  3. 3.

    Global mobile penetration—subscribers versus connections. (2012, October). GSMA Research.

  4. 4.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_innovation

  5. 5.

    Phills, Jr J. A., Deiglmeier, K., & Miller, D. T. (2008, Fall). Rediscovering social innovation. Stanford Social Innovation Review.

  6. 6.

    Murray, R., Caulier-Grice, J., & Mulgan, G. (2010, March). Open book of social innovation. The young foundation—NESTA.

  7. 7.

    IICD. (2013, January). From need to sustainability: empowering people to use ICT for their development.

  8. 8.

    Population Reference Bureau. (2011). 2011 world population data sheet.

  9. 9.

    IFAD. (2012, September). Policy on gender equality and women’s empowerment and FAO’s State of food and agriculture 2010–2011, women in agriculture, closing the gender gap for development.

  10. 10.

    Information Economy Report 2010: ‘ICTs, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation.’ United Nations Publication. UNCTAD. New York and Geneva, 2010.

  11. 11.

    Information Economy Report 2010: ICTs, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation. (2010). United Nations Publication. UNCTAD. New York and Geneva.

  12. 12.

    Kleine, D. Technologies of Choice? ICTs, development, and the capabilities approach.

  13. 13.

    http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/ten_it-enabled_business_trends_for_the_decade_ahead

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all of our IICD colleagues—present and former—and our partners in the field. Without their dedicated work and the results they have achieved throughout the years, writing this chapter would have been impossible. All examples presented in this chapter can be found on our website and in the various IICD publications (www.iicd.org).

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Caroline M. Figuères .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Figuères, C.M., Eugelink, H. (2014). The Role of ICTs in Poverty Eradication: More Than 15 Years’ Experience from the Field. In: Kaur, H., Tao, X. (eds) ICTs and the Millennium Development Goals. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7439-6_12

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7439-6_12

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Boston, MA

  • Print ISBN: 978-1-4899-7438-9

  • Online ISBN: 978-1-4899-7439-6

  • eBook Packages: Computer ScienceComputer Science (R0)

Publish with us

Policies and ethics