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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 policy challenge

Rapid changes in the ICT landscape are expanding the scope for the poor to benefit from better access to mobile phones and from new services and applications, sometimes based on combinations of different technologies. Previous chapters have highlighted opportunities for ICT production and use by enterprises to contribute to poverty reduction. The principal question addressed in this final chapter concerns what policymakers can do to seize these opportunities in ways that bring tangible benefits to the poor.

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