MAS 963

Development Technologies

Instructor: Michael L. Best

TA: Marco Escobedo

Reading List

Problems in Development and Development Technologies


Diamond, J. (1997). Guns, germs, and steel: The fates of human societies. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


Illich, I. (1973). Tools for Conviviality. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books.


International Telecomunications Union (1999). Challenges to the Network: Internet for Development. Geneva: Author.


Kammen, D.M. (1995, July). Cookstoves for the developing world. Scientific American, 273(1), 72-75.


Sen, A. (1993, May). The economics of life and death. Scientific American, 268(5), 40-47.


United Nations Development Programme (1999). Human Development Report 1999. New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.


The World Bank (1999). World Development Report 1999/2000. Washington, D.C.: Author.


Networks: Voice Telephony and the Internet


Cohen, R.B. (1999). Moving toward a non-U.S.-centric international internet. Communications of the ACM, 42(6), 37-40.


Jhunjhunwala, A. (2000). Towards Enabling India Through Telcom and Internet Connections. Unpublished manuscript.


Kibati, M., & Krairit, D. (1999). The wireless local loop in developing regions. Communications of the ACM, 42(6), 60-66.


Maddy, M. (2000, May Ė June). Dream Deferred: The story of a high-tech entrepeneur in a low-tech world. Harvard Business Review, 90, 56-69.


Pitroda, S. (1993, Nov - Dec). Development, democracy, and the village telephone. Harvard Business Review, 75, 66-79.


Richardson, D., Ramirez, R., & Haq, M. (2000). Grameen Telecomís Village Phone Programme in Rural Bangladesh: a Multi-Media Case Study. Guelph Ontario, Canada: Canadian International Development Agency.




Escobedo, M., Shakeel, H., & Romero, B.G. (2000). LINCOS Bohechio Investigation Results. Unpublished manuscript.


Fuchs, R. (1997). If you have a lemon, make lemondade: A guide to the start-up of the African multipurpose community telecentre pilot projects. Unpublished manuscript.


Whyte, A. (2000). Assessing Community Telecentres: Guideline for Researchers. Ottawa: International Development Research Centre.


Education and Learning


Bers, M.U., & Urrea, C. (2000). Technological prayers: Parents and children exploring robotics and values. In A. Druin & J. Hendler (Eds.) Robots for Kids: Exploring New Technologies for Learning (pp. 193-217). San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.


Fagerlind, I. & Saha, L.J. (1989). Education and National Development: A Comparative Perspective (2nd ed.). Oxford: Pergamon.


Kozma, R., McGhee, R., Marder, C., Baisden, K., Valdes, K., Lewis, A., & Agreda, M. (1999). World Links for Development: Accomplishments and Challenges Monitoring and Evaluation Annual Report 1998-1999 (SRI Project No. P03617). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International.


Health and Telemedicine


Wright, D., & Androuchko, L. (1996). Telemedicine and developing countries. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 2, 63-70.


Coor, P., Couper, I., Beningfield, S.J., & Mars, M. (2000). A simple telemedicine system using a digital camera. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 6, 233-236.


Schmid-Grendelmeier, P., Masenga, E.J., Haeffner, A., & Burg, G. (2000). Teledermatology as a new tool in sub-Saharan Africa: An experience from Tanzania. Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 42(5:1), 833-5.


Yellowlees, P. (1998). Practical evaluation of telemedicine systems in the real world. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 4(1), 56-57.


Della Mea, V. (1999). Internet electronic mail: a tool for low-cost telemedicine. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 5, 84-89.


Fraser, H.S.F., & McGrath, St. J.D. (2000). Information technology and telemedicine in sub-Saharan Africa. British Medical Journal, 321, 19-26.




Davis, C.H. (2000). Emergence of Electronic Commerce in Spanish-Speaking Latin America.[Online]. Available:


The New Economy Survey (2000, September 23). The Economist, 356, 1-40.


Sachs, J. (2000, June 24). A new map of the world. The Economist.


Westland, J.C., & Clark, T.H.K. (1999). Global Electronic Commerce: Theory and Case Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.





The Council of the European Union, The Commission of the European Communities (2000). Europe 2002: An Information Society For All Action Plan (eEurope Action Plan). Brussels: Author.


The Advisory Committee on Telecommunications, Ministry for Public Enterprise, Ireland (1999). Report of the Advisory Committee on Telecommunications to the Minister for Public Enterprise. Dublin: Author.


The Office of H.M King Abdullah II (2000). The REACH Initiative: Launching Jordanís Software and IT Industry. Aman, Jordan: Author.


U.S. Government Working Group on Electronic Commerce (1999). Towards Digital eQuality: 2nd Annual Report. Washington D.C.: Author.