Developing Women's ICT-Based Enterprise: Summary of an International Knowledge-Sharing Workshop, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India: 30 August – 1 Sept 2005.
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 projects.
- 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.