February 2006

IICD’s ICT Programmes in Mali and Burkina Faso

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ICTs in a rural setting can be a tool that can contribute to sustainable development and poverty alleviation?

In this landlocked west-African country, five rural development projects using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) started implementation during 2005. Despite difficult start-up circumstances in terms of infrastructure (lack of electricity, paved roads, telephone and/or Internet access) and human resources, all five projects show a remarkable dynamism, and first results obtained only after less then one year are promising. Each of these projects is piloted by a local organisation in a rural setting, or addresses problems of rural populations.

ICT to produce a spicy sauce
In the 'Sissili Vala Kori' project the main objective of the implementing organisation FEPASSI (F

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