Strengthening the Knowledge and Information Systems of the Urban Poor (KIS)
Date: October 1999 - April 2002
Countries: Peru, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, UK
The aim of this project is to investigate how the urban poor access the information and technologies they need to improve their livelihoods, and to strengthen their knowledge and information systems. This project is also listed under Shelter Projects.
The urban poor are often deprived by a lack of knowledge and information. The public sector often discriminates against the poor when they seek access to information, or is simply inefficient. The poor tend to have more trust in the private sector, including NGOs, but they cannot cope with the demand either. This leaves them having to rely mostly on their own social networks and key informants within or sometimes outside their communities to access information that is essential for their livelihoods or to cope with crisis. Some of them are excluded in that process. As yet, the urban poor in our research locations have little access to ICTs.
To overcome these problems, development agencies should seek to improve their communication with the poor, to reduce exclusion, to support communities in building their knowledge and information assets, to improve the attitudes and performance of information suppliers and to invest in sustainable ICTs that are of use to the poor.
Knowledge and Information Systems (KIS) in Epworth November 2002
This research was carried out to analyse existing trends in knowledge and information systems in Epworth, to help inform decisions on project identification, implementation and future evaluations. This research project recommends that people’s livelihoods in Epworth may be improved through effecting sustainable knowledge and information systems. However throughout any intervention there must be participatory decision-making processes that give due recognition to the nature of marginalisation that exist within some communities. Download PDF (381k)