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Revolution in ICT infrastructure: Hope for the Ghanaian woman

> by Emily Nyarko

Despite several attempts to adopt ICTs (information and communications technologies) into Ghana’s developmental agenda, it was not until 2003 that the government developed the nation’s policy document to guide the implementation and use of ICTs in the country. Some African countries such as South Africa are way ahead of Ghana in the development of infrastructure, accessibility and the use of ICTs. However in the West African sub-region, Ghana is reported to have advanced faster than most (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 October 2007


Do women’s access to ICTs lead to empowerment?

> Patricia Litho, July 2007

Is there a direct connection between empowerment and access to information and communication technologies? Patricia Litho interrogates this question through the CEEWA ICT project case study in rural Uganda. She examines the conceptualisation of empowerment, and its relationship with infrastructure, skills, connectivity, access and participation. Read more read

date of on-line publication : 26 July 2007


International Governance of Media and Communication: for people, for profit or for power?

> ALAI, 17 November 2005 (...)

Governance of media and communication in society can be for people, for profit or for power. This article presents the ways that media and communications can be used as tools for each of these means and shows how the roles of media and communications demonstrate their need for governance. As media and communications are regarded increasingly with a ‘trade and commodity approach’, the author warns of the growing threat of a media which is controlled by a combination of both politics and business its implications. The article concludes with steps civil society can take to combat this.  read

date of on-line publication : 1 December 2005

SHARMA Sudhirendar

Little space for grassroots innovations

> 3 May 2005, India Together (...)

This article reflects on the role technology can play to lift people out of poverty and how the media should reflect this. Taking the example of India’s demographic situation, the author questions why we should believe that one model fits all. Lack of funding for appropriate technology programmes - which could be simple in design but ultimately carrying a tangible positive impact on communities (e.g. those using renewable energy) contrasts with the investment in purely market-driven ‘hi-tech’ programmes. Conversely, the article continues, new patent laws will allow companies to pool the informal knowledge that exists.  read

date of on-line publication : 18 November 2005

Zeenat Niazi

Technological Democracy for Poverty Reduction

> July 2005, Development Alternatives (...)

Following on from the South Asia Conference on “Technologies for Poverty Reduction”, the article studies the importance of technology in shaping livelihoods and social development, and in turn its influence on poverty reduction. In addition to “Technology Pluralism”, the article stresses the need to address the issue of poorer communities’ access to technological services and their delivery, in what the author refers to as “Technology Democracy”. It also looks at the relationship between institutions, finance and technology and how people without access to this triad are affected.  read

date of on-line publication : 14 November 2005

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