Information and communication technologies (ICTs) represent the fastest and deepest technical change experienced in international development. By now, they affect every development sector – the work of farmers and microentrepreneurs, healthcare workers and microfinance institutions, social mobilization and political change. Yet, the “digital dividends” are unevenly distributed and questions of “data justice” in development are largely unexplored. To close the gap, greater digital adoption will not by itself be enough. Digital development strategies need to be broader than ICT strategies. This course helps to understand the role of ICTs in development, discusses the existing evidence on the impact of ICT on development, and introduces key concepts and methods for ICT4D practice and strategy.
NADEL ETH - Center for Development and Cooperation