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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...

The State of ICT in Lesotho (2016)

While Lesotho has made significant progress towards its national vision of 2020, it faces several challenges as a small landlocked, lower-middle income country, with mountainous terrain and low population density outside of the capital, Maseru. Th...

La Disparité de Genre dans l’Accès et l’Utilisation des TIC au Sénégal / Gender disparity regarding access to and use of ICT in Senegal

Women have become, in both developed and developing countries, major players in economic life, but, is hampered both by their low capacity in terms of human capital, but also by the discrimination they are subject to , especially regarding access ...

Harnessing Africa’s digital potential: New tools for a new age

In 2018 and beyond, digitization will provide an important avenue for African economies to leapfrog not only financial development but also development across other sectors of the economy. There are infinite opportunities on the digital platform, ...

SADC not Bridging the Digital Divide

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are recognised by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states as enablers of stronger economic development. Yet, these countries are still grappling with slow and unreliable ...

Cost of Smartphones Continues the Digital Divide in Tanzania

The Tanzanian mobile market has been one of the most vibrant markets on the continent as a result of higher competition and an enabling wholesale cost environment. Consumers have been the beneficiaries of fierce pricing strategies yet this dynamis...

South African Data Prices Static for Two Years but Consumers not Flocking to Cheapest Product Offering

Almost half of the South African population is still not using the Internet although the major service providers have changed their data strategies. A major factor for this could be the high cost of data products and smartphone devices. The supply...

Disentangling the Broadband Divide in Rwanda: Supply-side vs Demand-side

The Rwandan telecommunications sector has shown particularly strong growth in recent years, due to a vibrant economy and championing of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the highest level. ICT is a central engine to driving Rwan...

Internet Use Barriers and User Strategies: Perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda

Affordability is cited as one of the biggest challenges to Internet uptake and use. Some service providers and users of over-the top (OTT) platforms and applications have devised strategies that allow the OTT services to be used as communication s...

An Evaluation of Open Access Broadband Networks in Africa: The Cases of Nigeria and South Africa

Despite its policy currency from the open source and open data movements there is little thorough analysis of how open access affects ICT policy outcomes in relation to extending broadband networks in Africa. There is very little acknowledgement o...

Developing Smart Public Wi-Fi in South Africa

South Africa urgently needs innovative solutions to address the digital inequality facing the country. In modern economies and societies, these online inequalities mirror the social and economic inequalities that continue to plague the country 2...

Much Ado About Nothing? Zero Rating in the African Context

A fresh, public-interested assessment of the zero-rating of certain applications (apps) and platforms in the African mobile prepaid environment is overdue. This policy paper examines the issue of zero-rating within the contexts of the range of dis...

OTT - Threat or Opportunity for African Telcos?

Mobile broadband and declining smart phone prices have lead to a rapid increase in Internet use. Computer based Internet access was and still is the privilege of the few in Africa, mostly those with formal jobs, students and those that access it...

Does Gender Matter in the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies? A Case of Push-Pull Technology in Kenya

This paper examines if there is difference in the adoption of push-pull technology and other sustainable agricultural practices on plots managed by males, females and plots that are jointly-managed by males and females using plot level and gende...

Les Disparités de Genre dans l’Accès et l’Utilisation des TIC au Sénégal / Gender Disparities in Access to and use of ICTs in Senegal

Women have become, in both developed and developing countries, mayor players in economic and social life. This aspiration of women to participate in economic life is, however, hampered by both their weak capabilities in terms of human capital, b...

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...

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...

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