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Development as Freedom in a Digital Age
Experiences from the Rural Poor in Bolivia
- World Bank
'Development as Freedom in a Digital Age: Experiences from the Rural Poor in Bolivia' develops an impact chain that examines the mechanisms by which access to, and meaningful use of, information and communications technologies (ICTs) can enhance people's informational capabilities and improve people's human and social capabilities. This approach thus uses people's individual and collective capabilities, rather than measures of access or use, as its principal evaluative space.
Based on empirical evidence from indigenous communities' use of new technologies in rural Bolivia, the study finds that enhancing poor people's informational capabilities is the most critical factor determining the impact of ICTs on their well-being. Improved informational capabilities, like literacy, do enhance the human capabilities of poor and marginalized peoples to make strategic life choices and achieve the lifestyle they value.
The study concludes that intermediaries are bound to play a central, even fundamental, role. They help poor communities to enact and appropriate ICTs to their local socio-cultural context so that their use becomes meaningful for people's daily lives, enhances their informational capabilities, and ultimately improves their human and social capabilities.
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