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Studying the development impact of ICT

21 July 2009

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Information and Communications for Development 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact takes an in-depth look at how ICT, and particularly broadband and mobile, are impacting economic growth in developing countries. The data section includes at-a-glance tables on ICT sector performance for 150 economies .

Information and Communications for Development 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact

Publisher: World Bank

 IC4D2009 - Extending Reach and Increasing Impact
Image credits: World Bank / Cover page of the report

Information and Communications for Development (IC4D) is a regular publication of the World Bank Group on the diffusion and impact of information and communication technology (ICT), available at

The first report, IC4D 2006: Global Trends and Policies, analyzed lessons on developing access to ICT, examined the roles of the public and private sectors in this process, and identified the benefits and challenges of adopting and expanding ICT use in businesses.

This second report, IC4D 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact, takes a close look at mobile and broadband connectivity.

It analyzes the development impact of high-speed Internet access in developing countries and provides policy options for rolling out broadband networks and addressing the opportunities and challenges of convergence between telecommunications, media, and computing.

The report also presents a framework of e-government applications and discusses various country experiences with the institutional and policy arrangements for e-government and for the development of the local information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITES) industries. The common thread running through these topics is the development impact of ICT.

Finally, the report presents summary tables on ICT sector indicators in 150 economies and introduces new performance measures in terms of access, affordability, and ICT adoption in government and business.

Source : World Bank

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