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Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

May 5, 2016

A robust network of researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has delved down to the household level to better understand the changes brought about by increased access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing world.

The unique household surveys conducted with IDRC support reveal how and why the developing-country poor are using modern communication tools. The research also highlights regional variations and uncovers evidence linking ICTs and poverty alleviation.

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Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology

Read the book

Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology explores the ways in which the poor use ICTs and how they have benefited from them. It concludes by presenting policy recommendations and some directions for future research.

Watch the videos

In six short videos, co-authors Laurent Elder and Rohan Samarajiva and researchers Christoph Stork, Judith Mariscal, Kathleen Diga, and Godfred Frempong discuss the key findings of this research.

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A woman speaking on a cellphone

  The issue

  L'enjeu (vidéo sous-titrée en français)

  El tema (vídeo subtitulado en español)