Title: ERADICATION OF POVERTY WITH THE USE OF ICT IN THE THIRD WORLD: BOTSWANA AS AN EXAMPLE IN SADC

Issue Number: Vol. 1, No. 1
Year of Publication: 2011
Page Numbers: 54-63
Authors: Tiroyamodimo M. Mogotlhwane, Mohammad Talib, Malebogo Mokwena
Journal Name: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC)
- Hong Kong

Abstract:


Penetration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have managed to cover even some of the least developed nations. Mobile phones in particular have experienced phenomenal growth never witnessed before with earlier technological inventions. The internet, information and communication technology (ICT) services and increase in digitized content have led to interest in their role in improving economic livelihoods of people. Previous research or roles of ICTs on various aspects of human life was mainly carried out in developed countries. There is limited research on ICT services and content that focuses on the poor, particularly those that encourage entrepreneurship as a means to achieve poverty reduction in developing countries. This paper is using secondary data and document analysis from Botswana, a member country to Southern African Development Community (SADC), to find out how ICTs can be used in poverty reduction in developing countries.