"Africa joining the 'Information Society' - investigating the Need for Information and Communication Services in Rural Tanzania"



The overall aim of the research project is to contribute knowledge about the relationship between access to information and communication services, for example provided by modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) and human, social and conomic development in disadvantages areas of Africa. Specific objectives are to contribute to the development of 'good guidelines' for planning and implementation of telecentres in disadvantages areas, i.e. rural areas and marginalised townships in Africa and to contribute to improved usability of the ICTs in such communities. The project is a micro-scale case study in the form of a follow-on research of the impact - positive as well as negative - of the Multipurpose Community Telecentre established by ITU, UNESCO and IDRC in Sengerema District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania in December 2000. A base line study was carried out in January - February 2001 and further field studies have been carried out in August 2001, October 2002 and November 2003. In connection with the research project papers have been presented on the following occasions: Africa Telecom Forum, ITU, Johannesburg November 2001; Conference ?Developing Countries and the Network Revolution: Leapfrogging or marginalization?? at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), November 2002. A paper will be presented in the Africa Telecom Forum, ITU, Cairo, May 2004. The research is carried out in co-operation with Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and with International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Nairobi and Canada (Mona-Lisa Dahms)
Effektiv start/slut dato01/07/199930/06/2006