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The Impact of ICT on Rural Development in Solomon Islands: the PFnet Case - Research Summary

The "The Impact of ICT on Rural Development in Solomon Islands: the PFnet Case " research was funded by the ICT Research Grant to examine the impact of PFNet on lives of poor grass root rural people in the Solomon Islands. The PFNet was established in 2001 and is managed by the Rural Development Volunteer Association (RDVA).

The research findings on impact of PFnet on the lives of the poor grass root rural people include the following:

  • PFnet has assisted in reducing the 'digital divide'.
  • PFnet has helped farmers to contact relevant agricultural authorities and NGOs to get information and advice on farming matters.
  • Rural businesspeople use PFnet services to develop business customer contracts in Honiara and other towns and carry out many other business related activities.
  • Education was the second major reason (36%) for using PFnet services.
  • Around 6% of people use PFnet's services for health related issues. The main users are doctors, nurses, and health workers who email regarding, medical results, diagnosis, treatment advice, etc.
  • PFnet news service has contributed towards security, peace building and reconciliation by reducing the number of false rumours and misinformation.

Based of the research findings the report identified some recommendations for stakeholders to consider.