Poverty and Information and Communication Technology Systems in Urban and Rural Eastern Africa (PICTURE Africa)

Although information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been shown to promote economic growth, the precise links between ICTs and poverty reduction are unclear. Analysis so far has focused largely on macroeconomic and sectoral relationships rather than on microeconomic and social consequences. This project aims to provide new empirical evidence on the effects of ICT usage on household poverty in four East African countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Using the data, sample frame and research design of the recently completed Research ICT Africa study, researchers will visit a total of 1 800 households at least twice over an 18-month period. In Tanzania, they will conduct a case-control study of enhanced ICT usage and its socioeconomic impact on an experimental group. Since all members of the project team are based at African institutions, Picture-Africa affords an opportunity for South-South learning and eventual expansion into a research network.

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Start Date

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

Adera, Edith Ofwona

Total funding

CA$ 1,499,900


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania

Project Leader

Ophelia Mascarenhas


Network of Ugandan Researchers and Research Users (NURRU) Limited

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