Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be effective tools for enhancing the provision of public service to citizens as well as for economic development, while promoting increased education and knowledge. When appropriately interconnected, they can provide additional impact on achieving sector goals individually, as well as encouraging faster and more effective development. With more than 5 billion phone subscriptions in the world, ICTs play a crucial role in not only improving health outcomes but propel women out of a state of poverty.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide a useful framework for public administration to achieve major development gains, especially towards MDG 3 — promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women– in particular the inclusion of women and girls in processes of economic, social and political development. ICTs provide important methods of promoting gender equality that enhance women’s participation and empowerment and to help women achieve greater success in income-generating activities. ICT can also accelerate gender equality in the achievement of other MDGs.
The report highlights the imbalance between women’s and men’s access to and participation in ICTs arena. It argues that more needed to be done to ensure women equally benefit from ICT innovation to lift them out of poverty.