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The Development Dimension
ICTs for Development
Improving Policy Coherence
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  12 Feb 2010
Pages: 204 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264077393 , OECD Code: 032009091P1
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Information communication technologies (ICTs) are crucial to reducing poverty, improving access to health and education services and creating new sources of income and employment for the poor. Being able to access and use ICTs has become a major factor in driving competitiveness, economic growth and social development. In the last decade, ICTs, particularly mobile phones, have also opened up new channels for the free flow of ideas and opinions, thereby promoting democracy and human rights. 

The OECD and infoDev joined forces at a workshop on 10-11 September 2009 to examine some of the main challenges in reducing the discrepancies in access to ICTs and use of ICTs between developing countries. The workshop discussed best practices for more coherent and collaborative approaches in support of poverty reduction and meeting the Millennium Development Goals. 

There is much work to be done on improving policy coherence and there is a need to engage more actively with partner countries. Making the most of ICTs requires that they are seen as part of innovation for development, rather than just another development tool. 

This publication examines access to ICTs, as a precondition to their use; broadband Internet access and governments' role in making it available; developments in mobile payments; ICT security issues; ICTs for improving environmental performance; and the relative priority of ICTs in education.  

For more information

The OECD/infoDev workshop on ICTs for Development:

OECD work on Policy Coherence for Development:


Table of contents:

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Why ICTS Matter for Development
Chapter 2. Where Next for ICTs and International Development?
Chapter 3. How the Developing World may Participate in the Global Internet Economy - Innovation Driven by Competition
Chapter 4. What Role Should Governments Play in Broadband Development?
Chapter 5. Regulatory Issues around Mobile Banking
Chapter 6. ICTs and the Environment in Developing Countries - Opportunities and Developments
Chapter 7. Policy Coherence in ICTs for Education - Examples from South Asia
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