Global Knowledge: a US NGO perspective

Global Knowledge '97: Knowledge for Development in the Information Age was organised by the World Bank and the Canadian government and held in Toronto. The Benton Foundation put together a group of US experts from the NGO sector, and the author reports on the conference and how various NGO representatives viewed the discussions. The consensus at the conference was that technological improvements and updating infrastructure were of the greatest importance for development. The NGO representatives quoted here, however, felt that an emphasis on meaningful content would also have been appropriate, as would the recognition that market forces alone should not drive policy in this area.