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Title:ICT Access and Poverty in Uganda
Authors: Joseph Kasumba Ssewanyana
Published: ©IJCIR Vol1 (2) 2007, PP. 10-18
Language: English

For more than a decade, development partners have been advocating the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool for poverty alleviation in developing countries. This is in line with the first Millennium Development Goal that aims to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015. Various approaches have been suggested and implemented in various countries including Uganda. Using the data from nationally representative household surveys of 1999/2000 and 2002/2003, this paper examines whether access to ICTs especially the traditional ones is associated with lower incidence of poverty. The results indicate that access to any form of ICT is associated with lower incidence of poverty. However, ICT access per se is not enough as you still find some incidence of poverty among households with ICT not significantly lower than the overall national average. View full Article

General Terms: Economics, Measurement Additional Key Words and Phrases: Poverty, Millennium Development Goals, ICT and poverty, poverty in Uganda.
Categories and Subject Descriptors: J.1 [Computer Applications] Administrative Data Processing – Business, Education, Government; J.4 [Social and Behavioural Sciences] Economics; K.4.1 [Computer and Society] Public Policy Issues; K.4.2 [Computer and Society] Social Issues.