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Information Economy Report 2010

ICTs, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation

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The Information Economy Report 2010: ICT, Enterprises and Poverty Alleviation is the fifth in the flagship series published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). As one of few annual reports that monitor global trends related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) from a development perspective, the Report is a valuable reference source for policymakers in developing countries. In the 2010 edition, special attention is given to the potential impact of ICTs in enterprises for reducing poverty and improving livelihoods. The evidence presented in this Report suggests that more attention should be given by policymakers and other stakeholders to opportunities in this area.

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The ICT sector and the poor

The poor in a society relate to the ICT sector in various ways – as consumers, producers, workers or entrepreneurs. A growing ICT sector can offer jobs and income-generating opportunities and, in some cases, create entirely new livelihoods for the poor. Moreover, a vibrant ICT sector is important to facilitate and sustain more wide spread use of ICT throughout the economy. At the same time, gains are not automatic. The opportunities for the poor to benefit directly or indirectly vary between activities and there are also potential risks to be considered. The net outcome is influenced by government policies.

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