Digital divide among the LDCs (Least Developed Countries) still widening despite globalization and initiatives at national and international level, which are failing to keep pace with the growing ICT (Information and Communications Technology) race of developed/ OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. ICT transfer and adoption as a whole has been quite slow into many LDCs. Only few out of 49, are making positive move towards digital economies whereas maximum are lagging far behind. Combined with many other factors typical to LDC environment and specific to respective countries, ICT adoption and implementation has become a complex issue in these countries. Whatever complexity it has, understanding of this problem and in depth study has become essential, as the need for ICT adoption reached to a critical juncture and turned to be an important agenda for these countries to survive in this modern economy.
Adoption of ICT in LDCs could yield significant benefit in improving the economy and likely to sort out many of the deep-rooted problems like transparency, governance in the public sector administration. A clearly defined Information System could also play an important role in improving business activity and international competitiveness with other nations.
Most of the public sectors hardly use IT (Information Technology) to ease their job and to reach near to the citizen, as such the difference between government and citizen are always increasing resulting in bureaucracy and lack of transparency. The legacy system of having a long queue for hours together to collect a government form is still prevailing in an LDC environment. Lack of correct knowledge and vision in this area were badly felt in different levels. The big picture involving IS (Information Systems) implementation is often out of focus. A long term strategic direction is thus necessary to overcome the prevailing constraints. This research explores strategic pathways alongwith some viable options for LDCs to narrow the digital divide effectively.