This Master Thesis is based on my field research in Tanzania and South Africa in July 2007 and on the intensive screening of one case study, the project "Inclusive Tanzania". While Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an essential element of our global information society, and consequently of our way of living and working, persons in developing countries have hardly access to ICT.
However, also in the poor communities of the world, the development of the ICT sector is rapidly gaining grounds while leaving out persons with disabilities. Persons with visual impairments belong to the poorest of the poor, largely excluded from everyday life in their societies. Therefore, one might argue that they would need access to ICT most in order to empower themselves and participate in society. This thesis aims at contributing to raise awareness on the potentials and rights of persons with disabilities to fully participate in the information society. They can do so if they are facilitated with assistive devices and training. I hope that this thesis can contribute to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream ICT policies, programmes and projects on the one hand and to the development of special policies, programmes and projects aimed at supplying persons with visual impairments in developing countries, and in Tanzania in particular, with ICT.