Telecenter Enterprises and Grassroots Innovation

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Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)

Abstract

Developing countries need to promote digital inclusion and societal applications, support connectivity and shared access to ICT tools, enable bottom up innovation efforts, ensure shared learning among grassroots organizations and support the scaling up of successful bottom-up initiatives. Experience does not support the complacent view that “the private sector will take care of it.” For example, evidence suggests that the private sector does not invest in rural communication and societal applications to optimal levels without significant support and partnership from the government, in terms of competitive subsidies, R&D and other incentives. Countries with proactive programs and effective partnerships with the private sector and NGOs have been able to significantly reduce the digital divide as well as promote economy-wide competitiveness.

Keywords

Poverty Reduction Digital Divide Local Content Shared Access Social Franchise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MarylandBethesdaUSA

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