Poverty reduction in the Arab world: the use of ICTs

Allam Ahmed (School of Business, Economics and Management, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK and Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK)
Amer Al‐Roubaie (College of Business and Finance, Ahlia University, Manama, Bahrain)

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5945

Publication date: 1 March 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess and evaluate the role of information and communication technologies as a proposed solution to reduce poverty in the Arab countries and therefore achieve sustainable development.

Design/methodology/approach

In this article, the authors have taken a somewhat extensive review of the different aspects of ICTs in DCs with particular focus on Arab countries. Given the current poor conditions and isolation of Arab countries from the rest of the world, a number of fundamental research questions are addressed.

Findings

Empowering nations with ICTs could increase productivity, promote human development, create knowledge, disseminate information and reduce poverty.

Originality/value

The paper highlights the importance of building ICTs capacity for both promoting human development and enhancing capabilities of people to participate in the economy.

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Citation

Ahmed, A. and Al‐Roubaie, A. (2013), "Poverty reduction in the Arab world: the use of ICTs", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 195-211. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-02-2013-0014

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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