Using ICTs in Education in Fragile Contexts: A Working Paper

1.1 Mapping A Fragile Context

Only by securing development can we put down roots deep enough to break down the cycle of fragility and violence – Robert B. Zoellick, President

According to the World Bank, a billion people live in countries affected by fragility and conflict. Poverty rates average 54 percent compared with 22 percent for low-income countries as a whole. These countries which are defined by weak institutions and the impact of warfare constitute a protracted development challenge where results are hard to achieve. While the risk of failure in these countries is high, the risk of non- action is even higher: the annual global cost of conflict is estimated to be around $100 billion. Aside from the lives lost and damaged due to conflict and the scale of human suffering it creates, conflict also destroys assets and institutions. Against this background, ICTs can provide innovative solutions to the provision of knowledge in fragile situations where communities and governments are faced with the challenges of limited resources and capacities. Continue reading