This report presents the findings from an international workshop on
\"Developing Women's ICT-Based Enterprise\" attended by 38 participants
from South Asia, South-East Asia, Southern Africa, East Africa, Central
America and the Caribbean. The report is divided into four main parts:
- An overview which describes the emerging reality of IT sector
enterprises being run by women in developing countries which are
delivering direct developmental benefits from use of ICTs; something
that many \"e-development\" projects fail to do.
- A report on the large-scale creation of IT sector enterprises by poor
women in Kerala State, India. The report reviews the supportive
context of Kerala state; the nature, history and work of these IT
sector enterprises; and a set of lessons learned from field visits to
two of these enterprises.
- The findings of a set of group knowledge-building activities that
provided new ideas on how to get support from sponsors for women's IT
enterprise projects; on how to support such projects with handbook
resources; and on key challenges – and their solutions – for such
- Pointers are provided to a set of case presentations of women's IT
enterprises from Southern Africa and India, from which a set of
overarching issues are drawn out.
Developing Women’s ICT-Based Enterprise: Summary of an International Knowledge-Sharing Workshop, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India: 30 August – 1 Sept 2005.