In response to both the gap in qualitative knowledge relating to ICTs and development, and the need to generate more detailed accounts of the social, cultural and political dynamics that constrain or facilitate ICT interventions and pro-social communication more broadly, a team of researchers came together and established a research group (Information Society Research Group) to work in partnership with local institutions in pursuit of its research agenda in the four countries chosen for the study, India, Ghana, South Africa and Jamaica. In each country, in order to gauge differences in uptake and use of ICTs, an urban and rural research site was chose. The purpose of this strategy was to ensure some basic comparability between the four countries. The findings of the study are presented under the following categories:
-New networks and the management of remoteness
-Health and welfare
-Civil Society strengthening and rights
-Livelihoods and economy
Information Society Research Group (ISRG), UK, 118 pp.