This book presents a series of perspectives on the use of automation in the formulation and execution of public policy initiatives in developing nations. It focuses on the use of the most pervasive new automation technology in the developed world—the microcomputer.
1. Introduction 1. Beyond the Metaphor: Microcomputers in Public Policy and Human Capital Development 2. Rethinking Microcomputer Technology Transfer to Third World Countries 3. Applications of Microcomputers in Third World Organizations 4. Energy Applications of Microcomputers in Developing Countries 5. Kenya's Introduction of Microcomputers to Improve Budgeting and Financial Management in the Ministry of Agriculture 6. Microcomputers for Improved Government Budgeting: An African Experience 7. Key Management Factors Determining the Impact of Microcomputers on Decision-Making in the Governments of Developing Countries 8. The Dilemma of Acquiring Micro-Based Software in Developing Countries 9. Technology Sharing Organizations: A Goal-Oriented Approach to More Efficient Solution of Smaller Scale Problems of Development