A new research paper by Harvard Professor Elaine C. Kamarck addresses how the Internet has enhanced productivity in government run anti-poverty programs and bridged physical and market isolation gaps prevalent in poor populations.

“Poverty has gone hand in hand with social isolation,” said Kamarck. “The Internet holds enormous potential to break this trend, overcoming barriers such as distance and access to high-quality health care and education. While the Internet has helped reduce poverty, the transformation has only just begun.”

Kamarck’s research paper, titled Transforming the Fight Against Poverty: The Internet & Anti-Poverty Strategies, “examines how various organizations have utilized the Internet to reduce the cost of government overhead and creatively improve the scope of anti-poverty programs. It also brings to life how the Internet has been used as a tool for aiding the disadvantaged — and those who help them — in navigating complicated bureaucracies.”

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