Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can provide rural populations with major opportunities. ICTs can help increase productivity, improve food and nutritional security, access markets and find employment opportunities within the agricultural sector. x
But it is vital that women have equal access to ICTs which can potentially provide them and young people in rural areas with equal rights, access to services and equal opportunities to earn a livelihood.
To enable ICTs to be used meaningfully by women and girls in rural areas, female interests, needs and constraints need to be addressed. If this happens, there is considerable potential for ICT to promote self-determination and improve livelihoods.
Improvements would impact many areas, such as agriculture, education, employment, health and access to financial services.
- Source: GIZ (2018) Harnessing the chances of digitalisation for rural development