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.



Exploring the link between poverty, ICTs and enterprises

Reducing extreme poverty lies at the heart of the United Nations’ efforts to promote development. Progress has been uneven and every avenue towards poverty alleviation needs to be continuous lyre-examined. This chapter presents a framework for assessing the impact on poverty of ICT use and production by enterprises. It stresses the importance of considering different aspects of poverty as well as the diversity of both ICTs and enterprises in the analysis.


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