ICTs for poverty reduction in Thailand
Abstract:It is believed that the main causes of poverty in Thailand are the lack of knowledge and management skills. This belief is confirmed by the UN's Millennium Development Goals in which Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are identified as suitable instruments for poverty reduction. If people and communities are empowered with ICT to access information and knowledge, they can use these tools as a base for education, analysis, thinking, and problem solving. Using ICTs can also lead to the creation of a knowledge-based society for accelerating broad-based growth and for poverty reduction.
In this paper, the author provides a number of practical examples from the study "IT for Poverty Reduction" in Thailand, carried out by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center. With an appropriate sequencing of the projects, as planned and experienced by Thailand, several interesting results can be obtained. The author concludes that use of ICT to create opportunities and develop potential to increase revenue for the people and communities will positively drive the developing economies.