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Impact of ICTs in Rural Areas (India) Phase II — Information Village Research Project

The role in formation and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in poverty alleviation is discussed based largely on what has happened in the past six years in a cluster of ten villages in Pondicherry in southern India through the intervention of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. If intelligently used ICTs can make a difference to the lives of the people. The paper concludes with a set of recommendations and action points for governments in developing countries, donor agencies and nongovernmental organizations involved in implementing micro level poverty alleviation programmes.