The proliferation of information technology (IT) offers challenges to developing countries which struggle with basic human needs. Yet the key to their survival may lie in information which is inaccessible to them. Facing these challenges, developing nations start from a position of frailty based on low levels of capital; a limited information infra-structure; dependencies on foreign aid and multinationals; and an ever-increasing population growth. It is essential that foreign technology inflow is adopted strategically within the pre-existing framework of national policies for technological development and with an emphasis on technology transfer. The broad policy direction needs to be towards the establishment of an information infra-structure and a contingent perspective for the meta-policy process of designing appropriate IT infra-structures. 1