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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 leurs…

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 socia…

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 margi…

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 pho…

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 revenue…

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 African …

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 c…

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, rura…

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 conseque…

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 boost …

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 h…

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. While…

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 the…

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 i…

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 br…

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 dynamism …

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-s…

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 Rwanda…

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 sub…

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. The …

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