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infoDev Commissions ICT and Rural Livelihoods Knowledge Map

Synthesizing what we know, and need to know, about ICT and the rural poor

What do we know about the contribution that ICT can make to enhancing the livelihoods of the rural poor? infoDev has commissioned a major knowledge mapping and knowledge needs assessment designed to synthesize what we know about these issues, and identify the most urgent priorities for further research.

This study that will build upon and update existing research, add evidence and experience from the field, map the current state of our knowledge of these issues, and recommend a way forward both in the international community's framing of these issues and in urgent priorities for further research and experimentation. This will occur in the context of addressing the priority knowledge needs of policy makers, donors and other key stakeholders.  This study will build on similar work completed a few years ago by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in cooperation with DFID, FAO and the World Bank.  After a competitive selection process, the Overseas Development Institute has been selected to carry out this project for infoDev.

The project will have three closely-linked components:

  • a "knowledge needs assessment" that identifies the priority knowledge needs of international donor staff and their country counterparts working on these issues.
  • a "knowledge map" detailing the state of available knowledge on the subject of "ICTs and Livelihoods of the Rural Poor", the key issues about which our knowledge and information are still unsufficient, and what seem to be the most urgent priorities in filling some of the gaps.
  • a "framework paper" offering a way of thinking about the issues of ICT and Livelihoods of the Rural Poor that builds on lessons from previous work, frames the issues in the context of our broader understanding of poverty and of the role of ICTs as change agents and tools of innovation, and recommends concrete next steps for infoDev and its donors to develop a broader work program on these issues.

This project was launched in September 2006.  The final report is expected in summer 2007.

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