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Navigating the information revolution: choices for laggard countries

This analysis of information and communication technology (ICT) policy options for developing countries uses a range of national data to categorise countries according to stages in the information revolution (numbered 1 through 4), and identify key drivers for each of these.

At lower stages of development, key drivers are seen to be those emphasising market development. Intermediate stages are dominated by demand factors while at higher stages, supply factors become more important.

This approach could help policymakers fine-tune their ICT strategies to help progress along the different stages of the information revolution. Donor agencies may also find the document useful in identifying funding opportunities to support ICT growth in the developing world.