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Development Connections
Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies
 
 
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05 Apr 2011
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Development Connections takes stock of recent advances in what is broadly known as Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) - cell phones, computers, and related Internet applications, as well as software advances that aim at improving the welfare of societies by empowering them.  It is a comparative look at Latin America and ICTs in relation to the rest of the world and other countries in the region and the trends for widespread use of ICTs.  In turn, the authors seek to discover how information and telecommunication technologies affect both the public and private sectors of the region and how they can optimize ICT returns to society.  Projects focus on the use of ICTs for education, health, finance, environment, and labor.  ICT trends are crucial to policy makers and ICT development is critical to the future of the region.

 


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Development Connections takes stock of recent advances in what is broadly known as Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) - cell phones, computers, and related Internet applications, as well as software advances that aim at improving the welfare of societies by empowering them.  It is a comparative look at Latin America and ICTs in relation to the rest of the world and other countries in the region and the trends for widespread use of ICTs.  In turn, the authors seek to discover how information and telecommunication technologies affect both the public and private sectors of the region and how they can optimize ICT returns to society.  Projects focus on the use of ICTs for education, health, finance, environment, and labor.  ICT trends are crucial to policy makers and ICT development is critical to the future of the region.

 


Reviews

"This book takes a refreshingly candid look at the role of Information and Communications Technology interventions for development. It starts off with a simple yet unpopular premise: that a technology may sound cool, but that does not mean it alleviates poverty. We need more than good intentions. We need to measure the impact of interventions to know what works, what does not, and why. And in the case of Information and Communications Technologies, it is not hard to imagine that technology still needs humans, and good human intentions, in order to generate positive social change." - Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics, Yale University and President and Founder, Innovations for Poverty Action

"Computers, mobile phones, and the Internet are frequently touted as miracle-working tools in the battle against global poverty. This book brings a welcome dose of realism to these claims, through experimental case studies of several information and communication technology interventions in Latin America. The conclusion? While technology has great potential, its value emerges only with the proper institutional support. No amount of technology makes up for deficient political commitment, human capacity, or institutional integrity. A must-read for anyone considering ICTs for international development." - Kentaro Toyama, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley and Co-Founder of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD)


Contents

1. Introduction; David Tennant and Damien King

PART I: THE PROBLEM - PAST, PRESENT, AND PROSPECTS

2. he Developmental Impact of Debt; David Tennant

3. The Debt Experience of SIDS in the Caribbean; Michelle Robinson

4. The Debt Experience of SIDS in the Pacific; Biman Prasad

5. The Debt Experience of SIDS in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIMS); Kaymara Barrett, Altricia Dawson and Sidonia Mackenzie

6. Prospects for the Growth of Debt in SIDS; David Tennant and Kario-Paul Brown

PART II. CAUSES OF DEBT ACCUMULATION IN SIDS

7. The Sources of Debt in SIDS; Damien King

8. Institutional Causes of Debt in SIDS in the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS Regions; Colin Bullock and Christine Clarke

PART III AN AGENDA FOR DEBT SUSTAINABILITY IN SIDS

9. An Assessment of Recent Remedial Action Taken by Selected SIDS; Michelle Robinson

10. Debt Sustainability and Sustainable Development in SIDS; Abdullahi Abdulkadri

11. Elements of an Agenda for Debt Sustainability in SIDS; Damien King

12. Conclusion; Damien King and David Tennant


Authors

Damien King is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Economics Department at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute.

David F. Tennant is Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.