This research is mainly concerned with the costs of computers in schools in developing countries. It starts with a brief overview of the information revolution and its consequences. It then briefly examines some of the arguments for the use of computers in schools in developing countries, before reviewing previous work undertaken on the costs of such provision. An analysis of this literature indicates that the costs of equipment (hardware and software) may account for only 16-20% of the total cost of computer provision (excluding salaries) over five years.
Educational Paper No. 43, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 1 86192 418 6, 56 pp.