ICTs, Economic Growth and Poverty

In the struggle against poverty, Sénégal has adopted strategies such as that of accelerated growth, which integrate new information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a lever for economic and social development. However, most of the efforts touting the role of ICTs in poverty reduction emphasize their macroeconomic impact rather than their microeconomic and micro-social consequences. This raises the question of whether ICT-induced growth is pro-poor.

This project will evaluate the specific contribution of ICTs to sustainable improvement in the wellbeing of the Senegalese people, while exposing the role of ICTs in the process of poverty reduction. The project will involve gathering a large amount of secondary and primary data on a representative sample of households. Researchers will establish indicators, and identify and evaluate growth and poverty impacts that can be specifically attributed to ICTs.

Project ID

103896

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, March 29, 2007

End Date

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Thioune, Ramata Aw

Total funding

CA$ 490,600

Countries

Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Abdoulaye Diagne

Institution

Consortium pour la Recherche Économique et Sociale

Institution Country

Senegal

Institution Website

http://www.cres-sn.org