Information systems have often been addressed with the question of whether they were relevant to developing countries- this has since been answered with a clear yes answer. The IS in question in this article was in relation to Information & Communication Technologies, or ICT’s. The question is now not whether or not they are relevant, but rather if they are beneficial. These information systems have high potential value across all sectors, in both public and private enterprises. Even in health delivery in rural villages, particularly in developing countries.
However, the implementation of these information systems have not always been successful, especially due to the lack of technology and access to these systems. Also, people in developing countries also tend to be unable to use this technology, even if they are lucky enough to have access to it.
Challenges to ICT’s in developing countries include:
- Promoting cross-cultural working: this mentioned the difficulty in online communication when working with different cultures; those in developing countries. It also addressed the issue of avoiding the culturally inappropriate imposition of IS-some cultures prefer physical and personal communication.
- Local adaptation and cultivation: trying to introduce the IS to rural villages and making it relevant to the needs of the communities.
- Focusing on particular groups: While there are some software experts in developing countries such as India, they are still may find it hard to come to terms with the new technology that developed countries may be using.
To successfully introduce information systems to Developing countries and to ensure they create benefits, these issues must be addressed