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ICT4D Donor Agencies and Networks
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4228-3403
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2015 (English)In: The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society; 1: A - K / [ed] Robin Mansell and Peng Hwa Ang, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, 1, 1-9 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) evolved as a field of development cooperation in conjunction with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 and 2005. Prior to this United Nations summit, few donors were involved in ICT4D, but as policymakers around the world became involved in the WSIS process, ICT4D emerged as an important aspect of the global development agenda. Donors started to recognize that ICT offered a tool for development, not least for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). After the WSIS interest dwindled among leading donor agencies, but resurfaced as mobile technologies became widespread even in income-poor countries and among poor populations and after the digitally mediated social uprisings of the so-called Arab Spring which highlighted the social and political significance of the internet. New actors are becoming involved including philanthropic organizations, while the ICT4D field continues to explore new working methods like multistakeholder partnerships. Meanwhile, ICT is gradually becoming integrated into development efforts, although global patterns of digital stratification still remain to be overcome. This entry focuses on the roles of donor organizations and their networks

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Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, 1. 1-9 p.
Keyword [en]
donor agencies; education and training; ICT funding; ICT policy; Millennium Development Goals; multistakeholder partnerships; philanthropy; WSIS
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Information Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114127DOI: 10.1002/9781118767771ISBN: 9781118290743ISBN: 9781118767771OAI: diva2:789906
Available from: 2015-02-20 Created: 2015-02-20 Last updated: 2015-02-24Bibliographically approved

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