Low-cost ICT devices - new solutions for development?

ICT is changing the world that people live in. The question is whether the new trend of marketing affordable end user products in developing countries actually promotes development?
 
Geraldine de Bastion
newthinking communications GmbH
Berlin, Germany
geraldine.debastion(at)newthinking.de
 

Since Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have fallen in price, making 'low-cost devices' a viable option for the developing world, they have become a hot topic. This article argues that low-cost devices such as the so-called ''100 dollar laptops'' are a boon to development cooperation, and although their use is still hesitant at present, their future potential is enormous.

Thomas Rolf
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Technical Cooperation) ECBP - Engineering Capacity Building Programme Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
thomas.rolf(at)gtz.de