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Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Rural Women's Life in Bangladeshi Villages

Ashraf, Mahfuz, Grunfeld, Helena, Afza, Syeda Rownak and Malik, Bushra Tahseen (2011) Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Rural Women's Life in Bangladeshi Villages. In: Adoption, Usage, and Global Impact of Broadband Technologies: Diffusion, Practice and Policy. Dwivedi, Yogesh K, ed. Information Science Reference, Hershey, Pa., pp. 171-183.

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Abstract

Information Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to contribute to development, especially in rural areas of developing countries. But the mechanisms through which ICT can be combined with development agendas and an understanding of the actual development process and impacts of ICT are less well understood or properly defined in the academic literature. This research is an attempt to contribute to understanding this process by analysing the impact of two ICT initiatives in Bangladesh, aimed at improving the lives of rural women. An interpretive approach in the qualitative research tradition was adopted to identify emergent themes in this study. Our findings indicate that these ICT projects have significantly improved the socio-economic opportunities of many women. This paper will be useful for those academics, practitioners and policymakers who wish to enhance their understanding of ICT projects in rural areas of developing countries.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9781609600112 (print), 9781609600136 (online)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24197, IT, rural development, mobile phones, broadband, gender equality, empowerment, Milennium Development Goals, Target11, MDGs, socio-economic, Grameen Phone Community Information Center, Village Phone Project, GPCIC, Bangladesh
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
SEO Classification > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 00:15
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015 23:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8766
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60960-011-2.ch011
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