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Development Connections

Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies

  • Alberto Chong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Alberto Chong
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  3. Alberto Chong
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  4. Alberto Chong
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  5. Alberto Chong
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-324

About this book


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.


China communication debt sustainability development growth information sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Chong
    • 1
  1. 1.Research DepartmentInter-American Development BankUSA

About the editors

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)