Measuring the Impact of Information on Development
Although we have witnessed a steady growth in the provision of information services in developing countries, a number of fundamental questions remain unanswered. The people of these countries question the relevance and appropriateness of the services offered. Development assistance agencies are concerned about problems of sustainability. The extent to which information services actually contribute to the empowerment of people and the accountability of the institutions concerned are subjects of controversy and concern. Logic dictates that information is an essential resource for the social and economic development of developing countries, but how can this be demonstrated? Information can be a powerful catalyst to transform society, but how tangible is the linkage between information investments and the achievement of specific development goals? This 1993 publication addresses these questions, and more.