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Analysing South Korea's ICT for development aid programme

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  • Analysing South Korea's ICT for development aid programme
  • Lee, Heejin; Jang, Seungkwon; Ko, Kyungmin; Heeks, Richard
  • City University of Hong Kong


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Title Analysing South Korea's ICT for development aid programme
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Author(English)

Lee, Heejin; Jang, Seungkwon; Ko, Kyungmin; Heeks, Richard

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[Hong Kong]:City University of Hong Kong

Date 2008
Journal Title; Vol./Issue The Electronical Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries:vol. 35(no. 2)
Pages 15
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < IT
Official Aid < Production
Holding City University of Hong Kong

Abstract

Since the year 2000, there has been a significant growth in the ICT4D component of South Korea's aid programme. Given Korea's ICT capabilities and demands for ICT4D support from developing nations, this may make good sense. In this paper, though, we analyse a little deeper, starting to ask some initial questions about underlying perspectives and actual performance. We provide an overview of ICT4D expenditure levels, programmes, and key actors. We then reflect field data to date, which suggests some question marks over Korea's telecentre projects, some potential inequity in impacts, and a focus on Korean production of ICT goods and services. We analyse Korean ICT4D in terms of some basic concepts to find it associated with technological-determinism and techno-optimism, with the modernisation paradigm, with tied aid, and with the potential for creating dependency. However, Korea may not be unique among ICT4D actors in this and, in some ways, its techno-optimism may be a useful counter to the techno-pessimism that seems to have infected some Western donors. We conclude by noting some recommendations for Korea's ICT4D programme, and reflecting that Korea may be representative of a wider new wave of ICT4D donors such as India and China which may not follow quite the same line as Western donors.