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Information Economy Report 2007-2008

Science and Technology for Development - The New Paradigm of ICT

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The world economy is increasingly driven by technological innovations. UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2007-2008 analyses the current and potential contributions of information and communications technology (ICT) to knowledge creation and diffusion. It looks at how developing countries use technology to generate innovations that improve the livelihoods of the poor and support enterprise competitiveness. It also examines the impact of ICTs on productivity and growth, international trade and employment in developing countries.

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Promoting livelihoods through telecentres

The multi-purpose applications of ICT and the rapid fall in its costs have allowed innovative uses of that technology in many poverty reduction programmes. Governments worldwide are developing and implementing ICT policies to support economic and social development. However, so far, the impact of ICT strategies and programmes in providing economic opportunities for people living in poverty has been limited. Attempts to provide wider access to ICT, including the establishment of public ICT access spaces (telecentres) and programmes to develop ICT skills, have not been sufficient.

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