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Research in ICT4D involves the study of ICT in the context of developing countries and is designed to handle the difficulties and problems as defined by the target group.

ICT4D is a growing multidisciplinary field, with many practical uses. Field studies in developing countries generate knowledge on how ICT can be used for development and poverty reduction. ICT can for instance improve livelihoods, increase access to education, improve health care, enhance participatory democracy and combat corruption.