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Local Access Solutions

Local Access Solutions

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The emergence of modern Information and Communication technologies fromradio and telephones to wireless Internet applications has helped people all over the world. In industrialized countries these tools have played an integral part ineconomic, social and political development providing means for communication,information and knowledge sharing.In developing countries the ability to communicate is more important now thanever. The divide between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots iswidening and information and communication technologies have the power toturn this development around to the benefit of millions.The United Nations Information and Communication Task Force is a multi-stakeholder body put together by the United Nations Secretary-General KofiAnnan to forge linkages and partnerships to use ICTs for achieving theMillennium Development Goals.In spite of the many challenges faced by people in the developing world, their need for communication and empowerment through information is so large thatinnovation has spurred many interesting solutions. The local demand for information services has created many interesting solutions. This publication isan effort to highlight some of these initiatives to change the gloomy view that iscurrently being perpetuated in the world.I hope that the essays you will find in the following pages will provide you withinspiration and hope for the future.Finally I would like to extend my gratitude to all those people that havecontributed to this publication, the authors, the members of the UN ICT WorkingGroup on Low Cost Access and Connectivity, the UN ICT Task Force secretariatand our editor Catherine J. Steele.
 Astrid Dufborg 
UN ICT Task Force
 
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Low Cost Access and Connectivity
Local Solutions
A UN ICT Task Force Working Group Paper Series
 
I. GHANA“Demand and Supply for Access and Connectivity: The Case of Ghana”
By Professor Clement Dzidonu……………………………………….p. 1-20 
II. UGANDA“Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET): ICTs as tools for informationaccess among women in Uganda”
By Dorothy Okello, Coordinator, WOUGNET………………………p. 21-37 
III. INDIA“Connectivity and Access in India”
By Vickram Crishna and Arun Mehta……………………………….p. 38-57 
IV. LAOS“Low Cost Access and Connectivity for Laos”
By: Vorasone Dengkayaphichith …………………………………..p. 58-74
V. MOZAMBIQUE“The Long Road to Universal Access in Mozambique”
By Americo Muchanga and Björn Pehrson……………………….p. 75-88 
VI. BENIN“Quelles technologies, quelles actions et quels bénéficiaires pour mettreles NTIC au service du développement au Nord du Bénin ?”
By Thomas Baboni et Javier Simó………………………………..p. 89-95 
VII. CAMEROON
Stratégies d’intégration du Cameroun à la sociétéde l’information et de la communication“
By Jean Lucien Ewangue…………………………………………p. 96-103

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