Many governments have placed a high
priority on reforming the business environment because of
its significant influence on levels of private sector
development and therefore... Show More + on long-term economic growth and
poverty reduction. The private sector can contribute
significantly to business environment reforms by helping
policy makers to identify and catalog concrete problems,
develop potential policy responses, and build a sustainable
constituency for reform. This process that enables
companies, often acting through business associations, to
come together and present their concerns and solutions to
governments, is an important aspect of business advocacy.
Business advocacy is especially important, but also
especially challenging, when governments lack the technical
expertise or organizational capacities to manage reform
programs. This is foremost the case in areas, industries, or
regions that are of particular concern to the business
community due to the prevalence of uncompetitive regulations
and/or excessive red tape that hampers growth and
investment. Take the Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) industry for example. On the premises that
strong ICT capabilities can be powerful drivers of firm
performance and economic and social development, many
governments in emerging and developing countries consider
building a competitive ICT industry as a strategic
objective. Yet, many government officials, struggle with the
complexity and fast-changing pace of this frontier industry
and find it challenging to create effective, consistent and
transparent regulations that create incentives for
technology adoption and the creation of a competitive ICT industry. Show Less -
In 1998, five members of the
Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)-Dominica,
St. Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, St. Lucia, and St.
Vincent-established a common regulatory... Show More + framework for the
telecommunications sector. They created the Eastern
Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)-the first
regional telecommunications regulatory authority in the
world-to facilitate the harmonization of the regulatory
regime. The authority was established under treaty with the
support of the OECS Telecommunications Reform Project,
financed by the World Bank. Show Less -
Over the past five years there has been
a veritable explosion of technology and consumerism in
India, but this has occurred largely in urban and middle
class communities.... Show More + Rural India still needs to catch up.
There are more than 500 million Indians residing in over
600,000 villages scattered throughout rural areas of the
country. These areas still appear much as they have ever
done-thousands of villages, surrounded by modest farms
worked by many landless laborers with low incomes and poor
prospects for improvements in living standards. As yet, few
of these villages have access to best agricultural
practices, large-scale markets, or information about the
earnings opportunities that lie beyond their perimeters. Show Less -
Promoting access and effective use of
ICTs in rural and isolated areas is decisive for economic
and social development, poverty reduction and achievement of
the Millennium... Show More + Development Goals. Widespread access to ICTs
creates new income opportunities and contributes to the
social and economic transformation of entire countries. Show Less -
Learning lessons from ICT stories.
Carlos Braga on the Development Gateway Foundation. Why
software should be free: an interview with Richard Stallman.
Surfing the web... Show More + faster. Show Less -
All about the incubator initiative.
eXchange meets with Seymour Papert. Barbara Harley on the
international business incubator. Can ICTs harness change?
The world dialogue... Show More + on regulation of network economies: an
update. infoDev at the Development Marketplace 2002. Show Less -
Education for all: is it feasible? The
'digital divide' seen from the south. The
education challenge: to what extent can information and
communication technologies (ICTs)... Show More + help? Mohsen Khalil on the
World Bank Group ICT strategy. Proposals review: faster
processing, lower costs and more transparency. Show Less -
The private sector and the digital
divide. Can ICTs help fight child poverty and abuse? The Dot
Force at the G8 Summit in Genoa. What the private sector can
do for development.... Show More + eXchange meets with Vernon Ellis. The
value of partnerships: an interview with Christine Hemrick,
Vice-President of Cisco Systems. Fighting child poverty and
abuse. Empowering children through ICTs. Marisa Lucena on Kidlink. Show Less -
Closing the access gap: the road ahead.
Bjorn Wellenius on closing the access gap. infoDev for
connectivity. Bringing low-cost computing to the masses.
Gender digital... Show More + divide: what can be done? infoDev and the
gender digital divide. Policy action for Internet growth.
ICT for environmental education: what's new in Mexico.
Bruno Lavin appointed new manager of infoDev. Low-cost
communications: the VITA experience. The ICT stories
competition 2001. News from infoDev seminars. Show Less -
E-government: what is at stake for the
developing world. E-government: lessons we can learn from
developing countries. Third Global Forum on e-government.
Striving for... Show More + excellence in e-government. E-government in the
Gateway. ICTs for the disabled: can they make a difference?
Investing in Internet venture in emerging countries. infoDev
for e-readiness. Show Less -
Online action on extreme
poverty:eXchange meets NetAid.org. Highlights of the 2000
annual meeting of the infoDev Donor's Committee. News
from the DOT Force. Networking... Show More + microenterprises for
increased competitiveness. Projects at a glance. Youth into
the digital age. Starting the new Regulatory Colloquium.
Update on the Country Gateways initiative. News from infoDev seminars. Show Less -
ICT at the top of the agenda of the
Kyushu-Okinawa Summit. Carlos Braga on the DOT Force.
Bridging the rural-urban digital divide. More
"stories".... Building the country... Show More + gateways.
Projects at a glance: an overview of e-commerce projects
funded by infoDev. ICT for sustainable development: dream or
reality? Submitting a project to infoDev: what should you know? Show Less -
The ICT agenda of the World Bank Group:
an interview with Mohsen Khalil. Challenging ICT projects at
the Stockholm Challenge. Lessons from ICT stories. eXchange
meets... Show More + Dr. Mitra. Making a digital difference. What we are
doing--highlights of infoDev projects. Sharing knowledge on
the Global Development Gateway. What we are talking
about--highlights of infoDev seminars. Show Less -
Highlights of the 1999 annual meeting of
the infoDev Donors' Committee. infoDev's Y2K
initiative. The new networked economy: what is at stake for
the developing world?... Show More + Telecom research and developing
countries. High praise for African Virtual University.
infoDev and the Development Marketplace. The second global
knowledge conference. Show Less -
What our readers think: the carrot is
better than the stick, by Nancy Birdsall and Peter Hakim.
Development news: new highlights on development issues from
around the... Show More + world. Guest editorial: the information
revolution and development, by Mark Malloch Brown. Bridging
the digital divide. From digital divide to digital
opportunity: business leaders report from Davos, by John
Cage. The global divide in health, education and technology.
Info revolution reshaping the globe, by the World Times and
IDC. Comments by Alan Greenspan: Chairman of the Federal
Reserve, by Alan Greenspan. Korean telecommunications grow
at record speed: a country profile, by Charles Kenny and
Anuja Adhar Utz. Esther Dyson on the internet in Russia, by
Esther Dyson. What is ICANN (Internet Corporation of
Assigned Names and Numbers)? by Esther Dyson. Wireless
communication: linking remote areas, by Gary Tooker. The
digital divide in Africa, by Nii Narku Quaynor. E-commerce
eludes developing countries, by Ron Berry. Monterrey
Tech's virtual university, by Rafael Rangel Sostmann.
Voice from the field: children worldwide must be
internet-connected, by Muhammad Abd al-Hameed. World Bank to
world: can we talk? by Kerry Stephen McNamara. Show Less -
Digital divide and digital
opportunities. Will poor countries be left behind: an
interview with Francisco Rodriguez and Ernest Wilson. The
networked economy. Zambia,... Show More + Namibia and the information
revolution. IFC and infoDev moving closer. How are we doing?
infoDev's Y2K initiative. Show Less -
The infoDev experience. Fighting
information poverty. What's at stake: a symposium on
the networked economy. E-commerce and universal service. How
are we doing? 2K or... Show More + not 2K? Show Less -
Future agriculture will be more
knowledge intensive, and be more productive in sustainable
ways, based on the importance of information technology (IT)
development,... Show More + as a production factor in rural development.
The note identifies the relevance of IT investments in
agriculture, which largely bypass rural areas, but which can
increase effective participation, improve governance, and
support environmental planning, monitoring, and natural
resource management. Examples of interactive video uses for
irrigation training in India, and the new Nordic
"telecottages" concept in Sweden's rural
areas demonstrate the relatively inexpensive, divisible and
easy benefits of IT investments. Nonetheless, exploiting the
full potential of IT rural development, requires a more
cross-sectoral approach to rural information, and a
multi-faceted approach to technology transfer. The note
suggests how to achieve cross-sectoral participatory
assessment of the whole rural information system, and ways
to finance IT. However, limitations include inadequate uses
of information, or poor decision-making, indicating IT
should be considered complimentary to the knowledge of
well-trained agricultural extension agents, and, supportive
policies should prod investments in the diffusion of IT in
rural areas. Show Less -