This paper reports on research that was conducted to analyse how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is treated in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP). The paper argues that ICT should be seen as a means to help meet existing development objectives, in particular the Millennium Development Goals for poverty reduction, education, health and the environment, not as a separate sector or end in itself. The research scanned national priorities for poverty reduction and sector priorities in all 21 PRSPs to analyse how ICT is discussed. Key findings are as follows:
in the 21 analysed PRSPs, only 4 countries (Albania, Gambia, Mozambique, and Rwanda) define or position ICT as a strategic component for poverty reduction and discuss it as an independent item in their PRSPs
the rest of the countries have not included ICT as an independent strategic component. They mention telecommunications sector development as an ""important factor for rural/agricultural development"" or as ""one of the components of the infrastructure for economic growth""
the term ""telecommunications"" is used in most cases and the terms ""ICT"" and/or ""Information Technology"" are rarely used
four countries (Niger, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen) do not mention ICT in their PRSPs