ICTs and poverty reduction: user perspective study of rural Madhya Pradesh, India

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Tiwari, M. 2008. ICTs and poverty reduction: user perspective study of rural Madhya Pradesh, India. The European Journal of Development Research. 20 (3), pp. 448-461.
AuthorsTiwari, M.
Abstract

This paper presents findings of a user perspective study on the impact of ICTs (information
and communications technology) in rural India. The study is based on primary research
conducted by the author in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, India. The aim of the primary
research is to explore whether ICTs can be deployed to enable the improvement of rural
human capital and increase participation in market opportunities. Amidst growing literature
on the supply-side debates on ICTs in the rural sector, this study addresses the sparsely
explored demand-side factors. Further, the outcomes of the fieldwork challenge and validate
the ‘ICT–rural poverty linkages’ conceptual framework for ICT growth to be good for
poverty, developed by the author in an earlier publication (2006). The paper further identifies
issues critical to enhancing the accessibility of ICT services to the poorest rural households.

KeywordsICT; rural poverty; digital divide; India
JournalThe European Journal of Development Research
Journal citation20 (3), pp. 448-461
ISSN0957-8811
1743-9728
Year2008
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09578810802245600
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1022
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Print2008
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Deposited11 Nov 2010
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Tiwari, M. (2008) ‘ICTs and poverty reduction: user perspective study of rural Madhya Pradesh, India’ The European Journal of Development Research 20 (3) pp. 448-461.

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