ICTs and Human Development in Asia, 2003

Throughout the developing world, ICT for Development (ICT4D) has assumed the mantel of being the latest silver bullet in the fight against poverty. Indeed, many ICT4D pilot programs have been implemented and been shown to have a positive impact on poverty in a local context. However, the majority of these programs struggle to advance from successful local applications to programs of national and even regional significance. They are inflicted with a debilitating disease called the ‘forever pilot’ syndrome. This paper highlights some of factors that have enabled ICT4D initiatives to expand outreach to the multitudes.

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