Application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) In International Development

Research Objective

In recent years, telecommunications have widespread rapidly all over the world, with Internet and the cellular phone as obvious examples. Due to telecommunications developed countries, enjoy the economic and culture benefits that “information society” brings as the main element of economy, commerce, and a social activity. The cellular phone use is generalized; the computer system available, and governments and enterprises can have immediate access to information all over the world by the Internet. Regarding the developing countries, telecommunications have been considered one of the critical factors to development, especially after the 80’s, even though it could be considered a luxury with low priority level due the hard developing conditions.
According to the 1984 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) independent commission report on telecommunication for global development, “Missing Link”, Telecommunications, per se, are not the able to promote the development of regions, but they may play an important role in supporting public and private investment on social infrastructure, which are an important element for all other developments.

Therefore, the Yamaguchi Laboratory follows carefully the contribution that ICT might have on the local development in developing countries. This interest takes form in a the cooperation established with the laboratory of Information Systems and Electricity of Tokyo Institute of Technology as part of the International Development project, which focus on three basic points:

  • Analysis of the IT that can be applied for local needs.
  • Feasibility analysis including technological, cultural, and human resources aspects.
  • Sustainability analysis of the introduction of ICT in developing countries.

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