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ICT4RD 2011:Information Communication Technologies for Rural Development, 1-3 November 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa

The use of ICTs among people in rural areas in Africa is growing rapidly. Mobile coverage reaches further than roads, electricity, sanitation or clean water. ICTs - and in particular mobile technology - provide access to information and communication, complement successful development initiatives, drive innovation and empower communities and individuals to co-create new solutions

ICT4RD 2011, to be held from 1-3 November 2011 in Johannesburg, is the first African conference to apply these emerging technologies and practices to rural development, and provide new thought leadership at a time when the continent is poised for innovation and change.