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Unpublished Paper
ICT for Poverty Alleviation in Pacific Island Nations: Study of ICTs4D in Fiji
004 (2012)
  • Deogratias Harorimana, The University of the South Pacific
  • Opeti Rokotuinivono
  • Emali Sewale
  • Fane Salaiwai
  • Marica Naulu
  • Evangelin Roy
Abstract

ICT for Poverty Alleviation in Pacific Island Nations: Study of ICTs4D in Fiji There has been a vague and little knowledge on the role or potential of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) in relation to addressing poverty in Fiji. This may be probably due to the newness of the technology in the South Pacific Region as a whole but also probably due to the fact that only 9.7% of the current Fiji 931,000 populations are internet users (ITC Figures 2011). This paper reports on finding how ICTs is contributing towards poverty alleviation in Fiji. On the basis of reviewed best practices in ICT4D around the World, the paper shows how areas of weaknesses could be developed, and where those with prevailing weaknesses could be strengthened. Several ICT poverty alleviation programmes are analysed to include E-money, Mobile Money, the “People Online” project to address the concern of information exclusion within the rural and remote areas and potential of ICT kiosks in outer islands. Our The findings in this paper indicate that the use of ICTs can no longer be seen as a second choice option before other tools, but rather, ICT should be considered as a priority which has the ability to produce a large multiplying effect on the improved living conditions of the poor.

Keywords
  • ICT4D,
  • Poverty Alleviation,
  • ICT for Rural Development,
  • Africa,
  • Fiji,
  • MIS in development,
  • Mobile Money,
  • Mobile Banking,
  • Economic Development,
  • ICTs and Local Cultures,
  • Pacific Region
Publication Date
December 26, 2012
Citation Information
Deogratias Harorimana, Opeti Rokotuinivono, Emali Sewale, Fane Salaiwai, et al.. "ICT for Poverty Alleviation in Pacific Island Nations: Study of ICTs4D in Fiji" 004 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/knowledgeispower/10/