This article aims to gain a greater understanding of relevant and successful methods of stimulating an ICT culture and skills development in rural areas. The paper distils good practice activities, utilizing criteria derived from a review of the rural dimensions of ICT learning, from a range of relevant initiatives and programmes. These good practice activities cover: community resource centres providing opportunities for ‘tasting’ ICTs; video games and Internet Cafe´s as tools removing ‘entry barriers’; emphasis on ‘user management’ as a means of creating ownership; service delivery beyond fixed locations; use of ICT capacities in the delivery of general services; and selected use of financial support.
Bibliographical noteThis is an electronic version of an article published in Huggins, Robert and Izushi, Hiro (2002). The digital divide and ICT learning in rural communities: examples of good practice service delivery. Local Economy, 17 (3), pp. 111-122. Local Economy is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02690940210129870
- skills development
- rural areas
- good practice
- ICT learning