E-Development in the Developing World

E-Development in the Developing World

Richard Heeks [1] defines e-Development as the use of electronic information and communication technologies (ICTs), like the Internet, as a tool to support development. He further advises that in undertaking e-development, ICTs must not be placed centre-stage, but instead, an integrated approach should be taken in order to achieve the development objectives. ICTs are to be seen as a means to an end and not the end themselves - the role of ICTs must be beneficial and cause little to no negative impact, such as job losses. As such, to reduce the risk of negative impacts, there must be thorough planning in the introduction of ICTs for e-development.

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