2.1.2 From Promise to Action: Evidence and Potential

In fact, there is already ample evidence that a focused, micro-level application of ICT can contribute to individual development goals, including health, education, economic opportunity, empowerment and participation, and protection of the environment (this evidence is reviewed in Section 2.2).

Even more importantly, emerging evidence from country case studies suggests that ICT can play a more profound and far-reaching role in development than simply through interventions focused on specific development objectives. Five case studies are reviewed in Section 2.3, which draws on these and other case studies detailed in the appendices and leads, in Section 2.4, to some conclusions about how national ICT strategies can contribute to improved development outcomes.These findings, at both the micro and national level, highlight the need for a framework that can help guide stakeholders in developing and implementing strategies which take advantage of the potential of ICT to accelerate social and economic development. The DOI provides such a framework, in Section 3, around which ICT initiatives can be implemented strategically to ignite, accelerate and sustain a network of positive effects—or a "sustainable development dynamic."

The two types of interventions discussed here—those aimed at development goals and those aimed more broadly at developing a national ICT strategy—are complementary and can both contribute to accelerating a “development dynamic.”6


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