ICT and development: east is east and west is west and the twain may yet meet

ICT and development: east is east and west is west and the twain may yet meet

Why ICTs have not contributed to national development

The paper argues that huge amount of investment in information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries, mainly through aid and assistance from donor agencies, have failed to realise the dream of helping these countries achieve national development. This is attributable to two main reasons:

  • flawed conceptualisation of basic concepts of ICT, development, and the interrelationship between the two
  • ill-formulated development intervention strategies

This paper suggests alternative conceptualisations of these concepts.

A conference presentation: a later revised version was published in: Krishna, S. and S. Madon, eds. 2003. The digital challenge.

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