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Development and poverty eradication
Few people have ever died because they did not have access to the Internet or could not make a telephone call. Among the necessities of life, ICTs come well down the scale. But it is much easier to deliver the real necessities of life-such as clean water, nourishing food, shelter, education, healthcare, and employment-with good access to information and communications. The Millennium Declaration contains commitments to halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of the world's population living on less than one US dollar per day, suffering from hunger or having no access to drinking water. It also contains commitments on achieving universal primary education for both boys and girls, reducing maternal and child mortality, improving healthcare and achieving significant improvements in the life of slum dwellers. ICTs can help in achieving all of these goals.

Click here for an overview of how ICTS can help achieve broader development objectives, such as the Millennium Declaration Goals. 

Relevant documents and links: 

·         Homepage of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).

·         Creating A Development Dynamic: Final Report of the Digital Opportunity Taskforce

·         The Global Internet Policy Initiative

·         The Okinawa Charter on the Global Information Society,  from the Digital Opportunity Task Force (Dot Force).

·         The Final Report of the Digital Opportunity Task Force (11 May 2001)

·         "The significance of information and communication technologies for reducing poverty" (Jan 2002), a publication by DFID (the United Kingdom's Department for International Development). 

·         "ICT, poverty and empowerment" (July 2001), a publication by DFID (UK Department for International Development). 

·        The Digital Opportunity Channel, a joint initiative of OneWorld and Digital Divide Network.

·           The European Commission PRISMA Project, which aims to provide a systematic analysis and synthesis of the current and future impacts of new information and communication technologies on government services in Europe, including health, environment, transport and tourism.  
- PRISMA Health Pages

·         ICT Development Agenda from the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO). 

·        United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ICTs for Development, Info 21. 

·         “Getting Better all the Time: A Survey of Technology and Development", The Economist, 10 November 2001. 

·      e-ForAll: A Poverty Reduction Strategy for the Information Age, Francisco J. Proenza, FAO

·      Reaching the Unreached: How can we Use ICTs to Empower the Rural Poor in the Developing World Through the Enhanced Access to Relevant Information, Subbiah Arunachalam, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, India

·      ICT in Five African Countries, Olof Hesselmark, SIDA



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