Information and Communication Technologies for Development and Poverty Reduction: The Potential of Telecommunications

By Maximo Torero, Joachim von Braun - 2008

Nineteen papers examine the driving forces affecting the supply of and demand for information and communication technologies (ICT). Papers discuss telecommunications infrastructure and economic growth--a cross-country analysis (Maximo Torero, Shyamal K. Chowdhury, and Arjun S. Bedi); institutional and public policy aspects of ICT infrastructure provision (Torero and Joachim von Braun); telecommunications privatization in Peru (Torero); public-private partnership initiated by aid in Laos (Gi-Soon Song); leadership from nongovernmental organizations in Bangladesh (Chowdhury and Abdul Bayes); competition without privatization in China (Wensheng Wang); institutional trends and infrastructural developments in telecommunications in sub-Saharan Africa--the case of Ghana (Romeo Bertolini); the economic effects of ICT at firm levels (Song and Dietrich Mueller-Falcke); the impact of ICT on small enterprises--the case of small-scale industry in India (Mueller-Falcke); whether the use of ICT improves the productivity of small- and medium-sized enterprises in East Africa--the case of Kenya and Tanzania (Francis A. S. T. Matambalya and Susanna Wolf); the impact of telecommunications on rural enterprises in Laos (Bedi and Song); ICT and export performance--the case of garment manufacturing enterprises in India (Kaushalesh Lal); the impacts of ICT on low-income rural households (Torero and von Braun); the impact of public telephones in rural areas in Peru (Virgilio Galdo and Torero); the benefits of rural telecommunications in Laos (Song and Bedi); implications of access to public telephones in rural Bangladesh (Chowdhury); farmers, incomes, and the use of telephones in rural China (Wang); the effects of public telephone services in rural Ghana (Bertolini); and ICT for pro-poor provision of public goods and services--a focus on health (Maja Micevska).

Johns Hopkins University Press and IFPRI, (2006)

By Maximo Torero, Joachim von Braun | 2008


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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