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Title: Strengthening rural livelihoods : the impact of information and communication technologies in Asia
Authors: Grimshaw, David J.
Kala, Shalini
Keywords: RURAL POPULATION
INTERNET
ASIA
RURAL LIVELIHOODS
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
ICTS
MOBILE PHONES
Date: 2011
Publisher: IDRC, Ottawa, ON, CA
Abstract: Enthusiasm amongst international development agencies about harnessing the potential of Information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development has waned as observers have recently questioned the Impact and sustainability of such interventions. By presenting the findings of research specifically designed to measure Impact on livelihoods, Strengthening Rural Livelihoods offers new evidence for the development benefits of ICTs. The book presents an overview of SIX research projects within the 'Knowledge Networking for Rural Development In Asia Pacific' (ENRAP) research programme. It asks if ICTs enabled farmers to sell beyond local markets and at better prices, and whether there have been social gains in linking geographically disparate households and social networks. Using a control trial approach In four out of the SIX project case studies, and critically assessing the pros and cons of this methodology including the ethical Implications, the authors have provided significant new Insights Into how to overcome the challenges of mainstreaming lCTs Into rural livelihoods and more effectively measuring its effects. This book will appeal to academics, civil society organizations, practitioners and students who are Interested In what works and what doesn't work when applying ICTs to rural livelihoods.
Description: Co-published with Practical Action Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-55250-517-5
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/45947
Project Number: 104331
Project Title: Knowledge Networking for Rural Development in Asia/Pacific Region (ENRAP) - Phase III
Access: Open Access
Copyright: IDRC
License: IDRC is copyright holder
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