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Information and Communication Technologies and Agricultural Development in Sub Saharan Africa: Transformation and Employment Generation

"This paper uses secondary information to give an overview of applications of ICT for economic change in the agricultural sector, as well as for the socio-economic transformation of the wider agrarian economy. Its objective in doing this is to ide...

Methodology for Value Chain Analysis in ICT Industry Frameworks for the Study of Africa

"The paper uses two analytical frameworks for understanding ICT producing and consuming activities; the national systems of innovation and the value chain methodology. In the following sections, we discuss each of these approaches and examine how...

Data Requirements and Methodologies for Multi Country Research

"This paper, presenting data and methodology for cooperation at national, regional and continental levels in research, discusses the need to consider possible constraints facing inidividual research institutions when making a move towards cooperat...

The Role of Information and Communication Technology in Small and Medium Enterprise Development in Botswana. Results of the pilot phase of a project sponsored by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Institute for Development Policy

"The paper analyses the role of information and communication technologies (ICT's) in small and medium enterprise developments in Botswana. It outlines the economic and policy background to SME development, and presents an analysis of the SME sect...

Price power: China's role in the telecommunications sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The mobile phone in Africa is by far the most used means of communication as fixed line coverage is still weak. The ITU reported that 90% of all African subscribers today use mobile phones. Chinese investment in African telecommunications and info...

Technologie de l'Information et de la Communication et Performance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises en Republic du Congo / Information and Communication Technologies and Performance of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the Republic of the Congo

"Les Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC) contribuent au renforcement de la performance des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (PME) des villes de Brazzaville et Pointe-Noire. Elles permettent aux PME congolaises de réduire leu...

The Role of Public Sentiment and Social Media in the Evolving China-Africa Relationship

"The demands of public diplomacy have shifted with the development of social media technologies. Increasingly, governments are required to gauge and respond to public sentiment over and above the one-way communication of broadcast media. The soc...

Information Lives of the Poor Fighting Poverty with Technology

"Information and communication have always opened opportunities for the poor to earn income, reduce isolation, and respond resiliently to disasters, conflicts, and emergencies. With mobile phone use exploding across the developing world, even mar...

ICT Pathways to Poverty Reduction: Empirical Evidence from East and Southern Africa

"The research reported in this volume was undertaken at a time when the poor were starting to take part in the information society through the usage of ICTs. Current stories were and still are encountered in the press every day on how the mobile p...

Could ICT be the Solution to Woo Youth to Agriculture?

"Agriculture still remains the backbone of Kenya’s economy sustaining over 75% of the homesteads in the country. It accounts for 27% of Kenya’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 60% of the total export earnings as well as 45% of government reven...

Regional Co-operation in the Telecommunications Sector via CRASA

"This case study examines the telecommunications sector in Southern Africa and the role that the Communications Regulators’ Association Southern Africa (CRASA)1 plays in encouraging policy harmonisation between member states of the Southern Africa...

The Quest for an Information Society : Benchmarking the Regulatory Framework to Usher Kenya in to the Information Era

"The ICT sector is being examined in this paper from the policy, regulatory, and operational levels and examines the interplay of the regulator and its role to catalyse the business environment, the consumer demands and the resulting successes and...

The E-Voucher - A Feasible Option for Implementing the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP)

The government has been implementing a farmer input subsidy known as Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which involved distribution of subsidized fertilizer and seed to smallholder farmers. The aim was to increase agricultural productivity, ru...

Impact of ICT Investment, Ownership and Use in the Cassava Value Chain in South Western Nigeria

"Most of Africa’s peoples live in rural areas where agriculture is the main economic activity. In Nigeria, for instance, agriculture is the occupation of more than 60 per cent of the total work force, providing both formal and informal employment ...

Impact of Information Technology on the Nigerian Economy: A Study of Manufacturing and Services Sectors in the South Western and South Eastern Zones of Nigeria

"In Nigeria preliminary investigations show that only a few organizations in the economy have adopted the ICTs, but there has not been formal study to determine the level of adoption and impact on the efficiency of the organizations and the conseq...

Empowering Women in Technology: Lessons from a Successful Woman Entrepreneur in Kenya Case Study No 10

"Over the past decade, Africa has experienced significant growth in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This can be attributed to the willingness of African countries to realize the transformational potential of ICTs to boos...

Adoption des TIC en Microfinance et Impact sur les Performances Sociales: Cas des Institutions de Microfinance (IMF) Sénégalaises / Adoption of ICT in Microfinance and Impact on Social Performance: Case of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) in Senegal

This contribution analyzed the factors favoring the adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) within micro-finance institutions (MFIs) and the impact of their use on the social mission of micro-finance institutions. Firstly, it...

Beyond Access: Addressing Digital Inequality in Africa

"Although most Africans remain disconnected from the Internet, and access to broadband services continues to be a central policy issue, the increased availability of broadband services alone will not reduce digital inequality on the continent. Whi...

Horn of Africa Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 March-April 2017

The panoramic article by Desta reviews the Information and Communications Technology for Peace (ICT4P) literature on the Horn of Africa (the Horn) and showcases the varying levels towards which peacebuilders in the Horn have been able to exploit t...

How Civic Technology can Drive Accountability in South Africa

Despite the open data movement’s early momentum it has struggled to make an impact while transitioning from ‘civic hacking’ into mainstream society and governance. However, within South Africa there are a number of civic technology projects and...

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