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Antigua and Barbuda
The Role of ICT in Poverty Reduction
What is the role of ICT in poverty reduction? Does ICT create new divisions between rich and poor or does it reduce existing socio-economic divides? Does it have any direct role in reducing poverty or is it just a luxury that the poor can ill afford? There are two opposing opinion camps: those that consider ICT to be the panacea for poverty reduction and those that claim that ICT has no reasonable role in poverty reduction as long as the basic needs of the poor are not met. The argument in this paper comes somewhere in between. It is argued that ICT, if supported with the right policies and with cross-cutting and holistic approaches,