Report on ICTs and gender: How good are the data?

Posted on January 11, 2013  /  0 Comments

There has been a lot of press on an Intel funded research report on ICTs and gender. Before we get too excited, it may be worth looking at their data collection.

1800 face to face interview and 400 telephone interview for a ‘global report’ which covers three countries. The rest all based on World Bank/ITU data… very self-congratulatory panel of State Department, UN and ITU broadband commission… no acknowledgement of problems of supply side data or of the existing demand side data in the global south. . . . no engagement with existing research findings in Africa Asia or Latin America.

Just for comparison, in Teleuse@BOP, we do around 10,000 face-to-face interviews in six countries. Our colleagues in Africa do way more.

Hope to have more detailed review up soon.

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