A Model for Understanding ICT Micro-Enterprise in Developing Countries

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The purpose of this paper is to build a model for understanding ICT micro-enterprise indeveloping countries. It does this by reviewing two strands of literature. In Section 2, itpicks two examples from the – relatively sparse – research on ICT micro-enterprise; usingthese in order to draw out some particular themes: factors that appear important to anunderstanding of such enterprises.In the Section 3, broader development literature is reviewed that tells us more about someof those themes; in particular, about enterprise clusters; about serving base-of-the-pyramidmarkets; and about urban settings.The paper ends, in Section 4, with a summary model that pulls together the main factorsthat have emerged from the literature. This model can be used for understanding andexamining existing work on developing country ICT micro-enterprise; both research workbut also policies such as those of support agencies. It can also be used in helping set afuture research and practice agenda on developing country ICT micro-enterprise
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUNCTAD
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute


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