Harnessing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to Address Urban Poverty: Emerging Lessons for the Open Knowledge Economy

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Posted Sep 26, 2013 | World Bank

The expected doubling of the urban population by 2050 without a corresponding economic and infrastructure growth will have major repercussions, especially in emerging economies. Poor urban residents face rising unemployment, crime, constrained access to financial services, poor housing, health services and education opportunities. Several players have sought to address these problems by introducing ICTs. This paper by the World Bank identifies critical success factors in economic empowerment, focusing on ICT initiatives that address job creation, financial inclusion, skill development and social capital enhancement.



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