In today’s global economy, countries at all income levels face a growing imperative to leverage information and communication technology [ICT] in support of their economic development and competitiveness. Developing countries especially aspire to harness the ICT revolution to improve public services, share local and global knowledge, and participate in the promising global software and information technology (IT)–enabled services industries. And they aspire to leapfrog generations of technology to catch up with a connected global economy.
Yet many developing countries confront multiple constraints to the effective use of ICT for development—or e-development. How can these countries bridge the gap between their aspirations and the successful implementation of e-development strategies to join the knowledge economy and information society?
In the face of the growing need for practical guidance, the literature on ICT for development leaves a serious gap. It has been too narrowly focused on the technology, the ICT industry, and the pilot ICT applications. Recently, it has paid attention to some sectorwide applications like e-education or to cross-cutting areas like e-government. The recent literature has also described some e-strategies, though these have focused on one aspect of e-development or another. But it has neglected to