Key Communications and Development Websites
World Health Organization Statistics- Nicaragua
Freedom House- Map of Freedom
World Bank Knowledge Economy Index- Nicaragua
WB Governance Matters 2009 Indicators- Nicaragua
UNESCO Education Statistics- Nicaragua
UNDP Human Development Report 2009- Nicaragua
Mobile Active- Nicaragua
Global Voices- Nicaragua
World Bank Doing Business Rankings 2010
Urban Nicaragua Communication Profile
Mobile Communications: Nicaragua, a country with lowest teledensity, including mobile and fixed telephony, in Latin America after Haiti, is catching the mobile bug.
Internet: Nicaragua's rate of internet penetration was only 0.43 per 100 inhabitants, the lowest rate in Central America in 2008. In urban areas where this quantitative study was conducted, only 7 percent of respondents said they had web access in their homes.
Radio: Radio plays a key role in informing the general public. In urban areas, household access to radio is nearly universal. The radio market has over 200 registered stations, including 14 community radio stations.
Television: Television is the communication medium of choice in urban Nicaragua, leading all other media formats in general use and as a source for news and information. Nicaraguans are offered a wide range of national and local television channels.
Newspaper: Even though newspapers are not as popular as television or radio, they are important sources for news and information for much of urban Nicaragua.
Media Environment: The Nicaraguan constitution provides for freedom of the press. However, it also allows for some forms of state control, and observers note a considerably deterioration in the media environment over the past few years.
New Media: Nicaragua has one of the lowest per capita income levels in the Latin American region, and consequently new media and ICT use is still in its nascent stages.
Public Opinion on Media and Governance:
media outlet matrix
Older age groups are on par with youth in use and access for television and radio but fall behind in terms of
Education and income are intertwining factors that significantly affect household technology access. Access
While household access seems equitable for both men and women, periodic use shows traces of a gender