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The Role of Mobile Phones in Sustainable Rural Poverty Reduction

Publisher: GICT The World Bank

Many developing country governments and developing agencies are focusing on extending telecommunications services into rural areas, as they seek to alleviate poverty, encourage economic and social growth, and overcome a perceived ‘digital divide’. However, relatively little is known about how rural communities benefit from modern telecommunications services and what impact it is having on their lives and livelihoods. This paper endeavors to redress the balance, by examining the role of mobile telephones in sustainable poverty reduction among the rural poor.

Author(s): Peter Silarszky, Subramaniam Janakiram, Rowena Chiu, Asheeta Bhavnani | Views(289)

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