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2.3.3. Information Technology (IT) and enhancing of livelihoods of people dependent on the IE

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Alessio Lupi16 May 2018

Indicators: a) GP and LL on using IT to enhance the livelihoods of those dependent on the informal economy, with special attention to social inclusion in IE identified.

b) Challenges (if any) on using IT to enhance the livelihoods of those dependent on the informal economy, with special attention to social inclusion in IE identified and possible means to overcome challenges identified and analysed.

Data Analysis Methods: Identification of GP and LL on how IT was used to enhance of livelihoods. Analysis of GP and LL to determine adaptability and scalability. Identification of challenges identified during promotion and implementation of IT to enhance livelihoods and determine if/how these were overcome.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Assess the availability of the needed technical infrastructure when designing projects that will use IT to enhance/affect livelihoods of people dependent on the IE. (While this appears a straight forward consideration, this is not always sufficiently considered.

ReferenceDigital Early Warning Systems to Save the Lives and Livelihoods of Communities of Bangladesh (DEWS), Final evaluation, 2015, Dhaka.  

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2. Introduce mobile technology when designing IE development projects. They can be very useful to shorten the distance between service providers and local populations.

References

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3. Be aware in designing IE related projects that using mobile technology can be a good and realistic option for providing technical support to youth and others dependent on the IE. Note that the use of technology and mobile phones has the potential to reduce project costs, for example with regard to micro-finance management. It may also reduce training and mentoring costs since no continuous direct personal physical interaction is required.

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4. Use information technologies (IT) to promote knowledge sharing (see also subject 3.2.2) in projects and to strengthen IE operators’ activities.

Reference: Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Gender Equality -Southern Africa- Final Evaluation, ILO 2012, Geneva.

 

SOURCE: RNSF research - Volume 4.2

 

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