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What the World’s Poor need

June 20th, 2002 · No Comments

James Wolfensohn of the World Bank: “When you talk about the use of technology to bridge the digital divide, China probably will be in 10 years the No. 1 example. But it will be closely followed by India. The interesting thing is that on the Voices of the Poor study, where we interviewed 60,000 poor people in 60 countries, we had a number of the very poorest come to the bank for the launching of the book, and I asked them what was the number one thing they wanted. They said technology and information, they didn’t say food, they didn’t say charity, they said technology and information. Poor people know as well as anybody else that what keeps them poor is lack of competitiveness and lack of knowledge.” So true!.

That is why the most important thing to focus on in briding the digital divide is to takes Bill Gates’ earlier vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home” a reality in every emerging market of the world. This means computers at USD 100 and software for USD 5 per month.

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