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Bridging the Rural Digital Divide Programme - Outputs

 Main report (2003) - (PDF)

 Literature update (2004)

 Eight policy framework elements:

A principal activity in the Programme was the analysis and appraisal of the issues for ICD initiatives derived in the joint studies (and documented in the Main Report). Based on this, eight critical success factors, sometimes called the "Eight Pillars", were recognized:

  1. Adapting Content to Local Context 
  2. Building on Existing Systems and Working with Existing Policies
  3. Addressing Diversity 
  4. Building Capacity
  5. Ensuring Equitable Access and Empowerment
  6. Building Partnership Networks 
  7. Adopting Realistic Approaches to Technology 
  8. Information Costs 

Detailed information about each of the "Eight Pillars" can be found here: http://www.e-agriculture.org/bridging-rural-digital-divide-programme-policy-framework

 Case studies
 
Several case studies were contributed by FAO and other sources, offering specific examples of how the generic approaches discussed in the main report had been implemented by stakeholders throughout the developing world. The case studies analyzed the role of information and communication in rural livelihoods, and mapped specific experiences across the "Eight Pillars". They offer experiences and lessons learned for ICD stakeholders to draw on, and to integrate successful practices into their own activities related to information exchange and communication. 
 
While dating from 2004-7, the case studies remain an important resource, underpinning the Eight Pillars and providing a snap shot of ICD from that period. These cases and other resources can be found below:
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