The Paradox of Development: A Case of Information Communication Technology for Development in Bangladesh

Sandy Xiu Ying Ye

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

Today, the Information Communication Technology is being advocated by international organization to eradicate poverty, improve living conditions for the poorest, marginalized people, similar as CSR have been advocated 20 years ago. The digital age has often been described in the literatures as something new that will change the way we live, where the introduction of the Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other and affected the way we do business, and in many ways, it has. 20 years ago, before the era of Internet, international calls have been very expensive, we didn’t have Facebook or Snapchat that enable us to stay in constant contact with our friends and family; and advertising and marketing channels didn’t include social media, search-engine optimization and payment gateways. In the light of these recent technological advancement, some questions have emerged. One of them; “Is there nothing technology can’t solve?” In this paper I have found that there is almost nothing that technology can’t solve. The limitation lies not with the technology itself, but with us. As human beings, we have limited capability to understand, to investigate, where we are bound to our knowledge and experiences. By adopting Yin-Yang perspective, this paper enlightens some of the constrains that exists in the way we conduct research.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture - Business and Development Studies, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages40