Information and Communication Technology in Development

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-05-01
  • Publisher: Sage Pubns
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This book documents the successful use of information and communication technology (ICT) in rural development. The book begins with an introductory chapter that traces the history of ICT use in rural India, examines some of the problems that have afflicted the implementation of rural development programmes, at the same time showing how ICT applications could help overcome them, assesses the early efforts in ICT use, and proposes a scheme by which to classify ICT applications. Written by administrators who lead projects in their areas, sixteen case studies follow, which spell out the various applications of ICT that have made a difference in the delivery of services or products in rural India. Among the services covered are health care, milk distribution, disaster management, postal services, telephones, and services for the disabled. These applications of ICT cover the use of simple and inexpensive technologies at one end, and sophisticated satellite-based communication at the other. An important collection that delineates the main elements of a strategy that can be used by governmental agencies to derive maximum developmental impact from investments in ICT

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface 9(5)
Acknowledgements 14(1)
Part I: Introduction 15(18)
Information Technology and Development: Foundation and Key Issues
Subhash Bhatnagar
Part II: Decision Support to Public Administrators for Improving Planning and Monitoring of Developmental Programmes 33(30)
Electronic Support for Rural Healthcare Workers
Naresh Kumar Reddy
Mike Graves
Technological Challenges of the Disaster Management Plan for the State of Maharashtra
Krishna S. Vatsa
Part III: Improving Services to Citizens and Bringing in Transparency 63(50)
It at Milk Collection Centres in Cooperative Dairies: The National Dairy Development Board Experience
Rupak Chakravarty
Computer-aided Registration of Deeds and Stamp Duties
J. Satyanarayana
Computerization of Mandal Revenue Officers in Andhra Pradesh: Integrated Certificate Application
Asok Kumar
Application of Information Technology for Rural Postal System
Major Ramakrishnan
Part IV: Empowering Citizens through Access to Information and Knowledge 113(36)
Knowledge Network for Recognizing, Respecting and Rewarding Grassroots Innovation
Anil K. Gupta
Brij Kothari
Kirit Patel
A Wired Village: The Warana Experiment
N. Vijayaditya
Inmarsat Experience in Village Telephony
Raj Gupta
Part V: Use of ICT for Training in Rural Areas 149(44)
Satcom for Extension Training
B. S. Bhatia
Satcom for Barefoot Women Managers
Reema Nanavaty
Effective Use of Information and Communication Technology for Physically and Socially Disadvantaged Groups
Bhushan Punani
Same Language Subtitling for Literacy: Small Change for Colossal Gains
Brij Kothari
Joe Takeda
Multipurpose Electronics and Computer Centres: Promoting IT Centred Maintenance and Employment in Rural Areas
Santosh Choubey
Part VI: Conclusion 193(21)
Emerging State-Level ICT Development Strategies
Raja Mitra
Useful Starting Points for Future Projects
Robert Schware
Annotated Bibliography 214(9)
About the Editors and Contributors 223(2)
Index 225

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