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Development Connections

Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies

Authors: Inter-American Development Bank

Editors: Chong, A. (Ed.)

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Development Connections takes stock of recent advances in what is broadly known as Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The authors seek to discover how information and telecommunication technologies affect both the public and private sectors in Latin America and how they can optimize ICT returns to society.

About the authors

David Tennant Damien King Michelle Robinson Biman Prasad Kaymara Barrett Altricia Dawson Sidonia Mackenzie Kario-Paul Brown Colin Bullock Christine Clarke Abdullahi Abdulkadri

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"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)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • A Field of Dreams or a Dream Come True?

    Chong, Alberto

    Pages 1-27

  • The Region’s Place in the Digital World: A Tale of Three Divides

    Chong, Alberto

    Pages 29-68

  • Banking on Technology for Financial Inclusion

    Chong, Alberto

    Pages 69-104

  • Rewiring Institutions

    Chong, Alberto

    Pages 105-132

  • Tech Fever in the Health Sector

    Chong, Alberto

    Pages 133-168

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Development Connections
Book Subtitle
Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies
Authors
Editors
  • A. Chong
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Inter-American Development Bank
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11837-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230118379
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11193-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11194-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 324
Number of Illustrations and Tables
46 b/w illustrations
Topics