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Role of ICTs in Sustainable Development

Developing global partnership for development is the 8th millennium development goal as set by the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000. Jeffrey Sachs, one of the dignitaries present at the summit, pointed out that one of the main causes of poverty is isolation from the global community. ICT solves this problem and grants access to services such as banking, medical and markets via internet and/or mobile networks.

According to Vassilios Makrakis (2012), there isn’t a universally accepted definition of ICT as concepts, methods and applications related to ICT keep evolving spurring innovations in use of ICT in agriculture, education, medicine, trading and finance.

In 1998, Jay Naido, a minister in the South African government, outlined that telecommunication is a precondition for –and not a consequence of development.

Access to the internet allows for globalization which is invaluable to the developing communities in Africa. At the Rio +20 Conference, ICT was recognized to play an important role in multi-stakeholder engagement, knowledge exchange, capacity building, food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency and youth education and empowerment.

For ICT to be transformative there’s need for solid bases, awareness and understanding of its role in sustainable development including its potential and risks especially among policy and decision-makers. Electricity is important in implementation of ICT. It is intrinsically linked to economic environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development. Stakeholders have embraced the development of solar energy to help curb the challenge posed by lack of electricity in emerging communities through development of solar powered computers and cellular phones.

Socio-economic and political shortcomings hinder implementation of ICT. Inclusion of its use in the education syllabus receives resistance from many developing countries’ governments citing budgetary constraints. Implementation can be enhanced by creating an enabling environment through setting standards and regulations and improving financial, institutional and human resources, also through establishment of dedicated institutions e.g. PEACE Foundation in South Africa which provides information to help communities bring about their own development.

ICT poses a great challenge in relation to e-waste management. This must be controlled so as to avoid environmental consequences. Rampant internet fraud and cyber-crime undermine the intended purpose of ICT development and governments should rejuvenate their efforts to minimize such incidences. Content in websites should also be monitored by stakeholders.

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