Mobile Phone and Telecenter: A comparative case study of Bangladesh and Uganda

The aim of this paper is to examine the utility of ICT4D project efficacy. Particular consideration is given to the Village Phone Programme in Bangladesh and the Nakaseke Multipurpose Community Telecentre in Uganda. The results show that the Village Phone Programme, which focuses primarily on the economic empowerment of project beneficiaries, and the Nakaseke Telecentre, which prioritizes expanding service provision, both fall short to take into consideration the extreme poor and disadvantaged; a remarkable weakness in conventional ICT4D programming. In addition, it indicates that project duty bearers in conventional ICT4D projects are not directly accountable and participation is not particularly people centered.

Rubayat Ahsan
2008, 6 pages