The purpose of this research was to assess the impact of, and potential
for, satellite broadcasting technologies - specifically Worldspace (WS)
technology, to enhance the sustainable livelihoods of poor people in
isolated rural communities. The research was carried out in four
countries of East Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
The report concludes that Worldspace satellite broadcasting technology
has proven to be an effective technical solution for transmitting radio
programmes and data to vast regions of the world, however remote.
Unfortunately the content and presentation of the broadcasts and the
lack of local facilitating resources mean that significant barriers
still have to be overcome before WS can be viewed as a significant
provider of information appropriate to the needs of people living in
poor and remote communities.
ITDG, Bourton-on-Dunsmore, UK, 44 pp.
Pro-poor Satellite Broadcasting Reality or Myth? Final Research Report.