For those of you in London or passing by, join us for another evening of informal presentation, discussion and networking.

ICTs, once beyond the reach of the majority of the rural poor, are now trickling through to rural economies and producing profound changes to the information vectors facing rural people. Access to affordable ICT services could affect the livelihoods of millions of people.The idea of ICTs being ‘mainstreamed’ in sustainable development is even enshrined in the MDGs.

In his presentation, Ben Garside, of the Sustainable Markets Group at the International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED), wiIl be discussing how ICTs can form an important part of building knowledge strategies by facilitating transfer of information, formation of new services, and for better communicating information to the end user. However, technology is not a panacea. It can reinforce divides, introduce ways of working that are not suited to the local context and culture, and can cause
‘information overload’.

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