Adopting Internet practices and using widespread, useful connectivity play a huge role in speeding up economic growth.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that higher income countries are better at taking advantage of the benefits of technology than lower income countries. So does this put lower income countries at a disadvantage?
Although Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are continuously becoming more powerful, accessible and widespread, 61 percent of the world’s population still isn’t connected yet, mostly because they lack the necessary infrastructure to do so. This is problematic because as the Western world continues to advance further with technology, the developing world is left even further behind. Contact us at New Horizons to find out more about how we bridge that gap with our IT training franchise.
What Do ICTs Do for Us?
ICTs improve our lives every day, and sometimes we hardly even know it because they are so universal that we take them for granted. We benefit from ICTs so much, but what exactly do they do?
- Boost worker productivity
- Reduce company cost for transactions
- Foster entrepreneurship
- Increase efficiency
- Help governments reach their citizens
- Provide easy access to education and materials
- Enable job creation and growth
There are so many ways that ICTs help improve our lives, and as technology grows, even more, things are added to that list. We rely so much on the things that technology does for us, and those populations that are not currently connected to the Internet miss out on all those benefits. If we can make technology available everywhere, the gap between the developed and developing worlds will get smaller. Download our free infographic to learn more.
Who Uses ICTs?
A yearly Global IT Report is conducted to study the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) of countries all over the world. This last report in 2015 found some unsurprising information about countries’ income and their score on the NRI.
- 44 of the 50 high-income countries profiled scored in the top 50
- High-income countries take the top 31 spots in the ranking
- 7 of the top 10 ranked countries are European
- The United States (#7), Singapore (#1) and Japan (#10) are the only non-European countries in the top 10
- 26 of the 30 lowest ranking countries are low- or low-middle-income countries
How Do We Get More Accessibility for ICTs?
What didn’t come as a surprise with the statistics for the NRI was that the countries that scored lower didn’t have the necessary infrastructure for technology to exist. Computers don’t even exist in most homes of the lower scoring countries. An interesting fact about this is that 35 percent of the bottom-ranking countries that were surveyed said there is no relevant content for them online.
But there is a lot of relevant content online for these countries; they just might not know how to utilize it. For example:
- Farmers can take advantage of new ICT services, including real-time information about their goods’ market
- Crowdfunding sites and non-traditional lending resources are available to help entrepreneurs gain funding
Every single country has relevant information that they would be able to access online. They just don’t have the necessary infrastructure or training to utilize ICTs.
Though, as the infrastructure develops in high- and low-scoring countries, the people’s understanding of ICTs and how to utilize them needs to develop along with it. Both companies and governments will need training and support to fully take advantage of technologies, and that’s where New Horizons comes in.
At New Horizons, we are a global IT training franchise that trains employees, businesses and anyone else in need of learning or staying up-to-date on new technologies and systems. To learn more about an opportunity to franchise with us, visit our website.