On 26 April 2016, Dr Vigneswara Illavarasan who led the Systematic Review on ICTs and MSMEs, convened an expert roundtable to discuss the results and to learn from those working in the field. To round out his study, which was focused on urban areas, I presented the Systematic Review on the impact mobiles had on rural livelihoods and related indicators. The invitees were experts in the field, except for the Ministry representatives everyone who had said they’d come did come, and the discussion of rich with insights.
To me, the most interesting question related to the audiences we were trying to reach. My answer was that the audience we wanted to reach was in the room. The findings of social science Systematic Reviews of the type that we undertake are of little interest to the general public or its proxy, the media. The people who can act on the basis of this particular information are public and private sector decision makers.