The magic bullet for rural development? Exploring the impacts of community telecenters in Bangladesh

Noore Siddiquee, Md Gofran Faroqi

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Abstract

This paper explores the impacts of Bangladesh’s Union Digital Centers (UDCs) as government information and service delivery hubs in rural areas. Drawing on user-surveys and semi-structured individual interviews it demonstrates that the UDCs have produced generally positive yet modest impacts on governance of service delivery. It shows that the UDCs are at an early stage of development, and that they offer only a limited set of services. While they helped extend ICT-enabled services to sections of population that would otherwise have missed them, the UDCs do not have much to do with rural livelihoods and empowerment of the poor and marginalized groups. These findings point to current inadequacies and pitfalls of the UDC approach to development. We argue that enhanced viability and effectiveness of the UDC experiment would warrant embedding more value-added governmental services and further strengthening of their capacity, mandate, and connectivity with government agencies at various levels, among others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInformation Development
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Union Digital Center
  • ccommunity telecenter
  • diffusion of innovation
  • digital divide

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