E-commerce: Accelerator of Development?

Published on 1 January 2001

E-commerce holds out enormous promises for producers in poor countries: easier access to the markets of rich countries and higher incomes resulting from these new trading opportunities.

Many studies and policy documents, however, have underestimated the obstacles to reaping these benefits. It is not just a matter of bridging the ‘digital divide’ that arises from poor telecom infrastructure and lack of computer-related skills. Only with improvements in the transport of material goods and in the institutional arrangements that facilitate trust can e-commerce accelerate economic development.

Cite this publication

Schmitz, H., Humphrey, J., Mansell, R. and Paré, D. (2001) 'E-commerce - Accelerator of Development?', IDS Policy Briefing 14

Citation copied


John Humphrey

Professorial Fellow

Hubert Schmitz

Emeritus Fellow

Robin Mansell
Daniel Paré

Publication details

published by
Humphrey, J., Schmitz, H.,
IDS Policy Briefing, issue 14


About this publication

Related content