Confronting the scarcity of digital skills among the poor in developing countries

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Author: James, Jeffrey


Motivation: As part of the second digital divide, the scarcity of digital skills among the 'bottom billion' in poor countries has been noted in the literature. The typical policy response to this daunting situation is to directly increase the supply of these missing resources. This article does not dispute the need for such policy, but argues in favour of supplemental interventions that bypass this scarcity in a bid to bring the benefit of digital technologies to the poor. Purpose: To describe and compare the components of a package of policies to address the scarcity of digital skills...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Policy; Economics; Technology; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: Economic conditions; Economic implication; Educational policy; Digital skills; Skill needs; Skill development; Policy implications

Geographic subjects: Kenya; Sub-Saharan Africa; Africa; Sri Lanka; India; Bangladesh; Asia

Published: Oxford, England: John Wiley and Sons, 2019

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Journal title: Development policy review

Pages: [preprint]

ISSN: 1467-7679

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 139.664

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