poverty alleviation

Doing IT on Paper

Reba Shahid on 2 Jun 2010
This article examines the discrepancy between Pakistan's national IT policy and the reality of access and use on the ground. It argues a case for the revision of this policy by taking into existing account socio-cultural inequalities.

Latin american women take on the internet

Sally Burch on 2 Jun 2010
"Information technology obviously will not solve the world's problems. But wisely deployed and developed, it has proven to be a powerful tool for advancing social causes. One of the social groups that has been most dynamic in using this technology innovatively for social progress, is the women's movement; and in many aspects, the South has exerted leadership in this process."

ICTs break Sharia compliances in Africa

Brenda Zulu on 2 Jun 2010
Information communication technologies (ICTs) have broken sharia compliances as the women farmers in Nigeria learned how to make their own video films and also take still pictures. However african women continue to face tough challenges in their battle to get their voices and concerns heard in development matters, as revealed a case study of women farmers of Kano in Nigeria presented by Salamatu Garba, National Coordinator for Women Farmers Advanced Network (WOFAN), as the part of Workshop on ICTs and Poverty Reduction during African regional preparatory conference for the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

Engendering Rural Information Systems in Indonesia

Chat Garcia Ramilo on 2 Jun 2010
The study aims at identifying policies, technologies, institutions and investments needed to improve access to ICTs and promote rural development in Indonesia. A critical part of this study is a gender specific component, to ensure that the strategies developed and recommended are informed by a comprehensive gender analysis, and further integrate gender considerations into national ICT policy, planning and implementation.

Supporting Women's ICT-Based Enterprises: A Handbook for Agencies in Development

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The Handbook was designed for two purposes: (1) to help government and NGO officials to plan, initiate, evaluate and improve ICT-based enterprise projects for women; and (2) for facilitated use by groups of poor women themselves who want to start up, manage and improve ICT-based enterprises.

Information and Communication Technologies for Rural Development: Issues and Options

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The report is based on field visits, interviews with local and central government and non-government organizations and desk reviews carried out between December 2004-April 2005. It aims to identify policies, technologies, institutions and investments needed to improve access to information and communication technologies (ICT) in rural areas in Indonesia. A critical part of this study is a gender specific component, to ensure that the strategies developed and recommended are informed by a comprehensive gender analysis, and further integrate gender considerations into national ICT policy, planning and implementation.

ICT for Development Success Stories: Youth, Poverty and Gender

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The 100-page publication highlights initiatives that are using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to make a real and meaningful difference in communities around the world, no matter how disadvantaged or isolated they may be. These stories on Youth, Poverty and Gender intend to provide snapshots of the learning process that accompanies the introduction and implementation of ICTs in a community development project.

Putting ICTs in the Hands of Women of Kanpur and "Chikan" Embroidery Workers of Lucknow: Project Evaluation Methodology

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
This report document is based on a field trip by Dr. Janice Brodman, which aimed to help Datamation Foundation (DF) ensure that their evaluation instruments provide information/data needed to measure project achievements against objectives, and also introduced the infoDev Framework to the DF evaluation team.

The Gender Digital Divide in Francophone Africa: A Harsh Reality

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
Women have one chance in three less than men to benefit in the African Information Society. In the “Gender Digital Divide in Francophone Africa” research on six countries (Benin, Burkina FasoBurkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal) conducted by the Gender and ICT Network, connections between gender and ICTs were found to be widely unrecognised. Looking at control, content, capacities and connectivity, the research measured gender disparities that are present with regard to access, use and mastery of ICTs. This collaborative research has also developed critical statistical tools to enable the concrete measurement of gender digital divide, and the development of equitable ICT policies that are equitable, particularly in response to poverty-reduction.<br />

MEDIA BRIEF: Paddling in Circles while the Waters Rise - Gender Issues in ICTs and Poverty Reduction

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
Can ICTs help reduce poverty? This paper examines poverty from many different angles: from its definition to systemic causes of global poverty, as well as tools used to address poverty. The study is the part of APC WNSP issue papers series on ICTs for women's rights.

Information society: promoting financial mechanisms with a gender equity perspective

Graciela Selaimen on 2 Jun 2010
This document is intended to describe the funding strategies of the Information Society (IS) that are currently under discussion at the preliminary meetings of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – Second Phase, which will be held in November 2005 and, from a gender perspective, to tie them into the commitments undertaken through the Goals of the Millennium, the Beijing Action Platform and Funding for Development, among others.

Video Films: Women & ICT Projects in India

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
This page links to two documentary films on women and ICT that were produced in the framework of UNESCO’s pilot project 'Putting ICT in the Hands of the Poor', that are now available online. They examine the information needs of poverty stricken communities in South Asia, with a special focus on gender issues.

Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development

Graciela Selaimen on 2 Jun 2010
This Web site provides online guidance and networking about women's ICT-based enterprises in developing countries.

Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
The paper explores ICTs in relation to gender, specifically focusing on gender and ICT applications in agricultural and rural development in developing countries.

From access to appropriation: Women and ICT policies in Latin American and the Caribbean

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
In this document is presented basic information on the expansion of ICTs in the Latin America Region, stating the major gaps. It also presents the results of some studies, and of an electronic consultation, which give evidence of the progress, obstacles and recommendations for policies and programs that strengthen gender equality in and through ICTs.
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