Information and communication technologies (ICTs) can empower people. They unlock a world of super-fast, globalised communications and decentralised information networks. Once people can access and use the technology, their lives will be improved. According to a recent study of ICT for development (ICT4D) projects in Africa, access to communications technologies can improve people’s livelihoods, access to services, agricultural practices, participation in government (and government’s accountability and transparency), incomes, voice, security, social relationships and health. So can providing access to technology and skills solve the problem of poverty?