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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...

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 ...

Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change Awareness in Seke and Murewa Districts of Zimbabwe

"The paper examines the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in contributing to climate change awareness in rural areas. It is based on a cross sectional study that was conducted in Seke and Murewa districts in Mashonaland Eas...

Using the Land Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS) Mobile Technology for Agricultural Productivity and Resilience

"Africa’s continued agricultural growth over the last couple of years has come from land expansion rather than increased productivity. However, available agricultural lands are rapidly diminishing due to urbanization, while soil fertility conti...

Mainstreaming Gender in the National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy of Kenya

This policy brief aims to influence mainstreaming of gender in the national STI policy of Kenya. Reports show that Kenya is still far from realizing gender equity and equality in practice. This policy brief proposes a specific policy statement on ...

The African Technopolitan Vol 5 January 2016

This issue of the African Technopolitan has as its main article " The poverty of development strategy in Africa". This article argues that Africa’s economic and techno-scientific progress is being lionized prematurely, to the detriment of its long...

Strengthening National Intellectual Property Policy and Legal Frameworks in Eastern and Southern Africa: A Communication Strategy

"The goal of the programme is to strengthen policy and legal framework development for Traditional Knowledge (TK), Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and effective IP Systems in the Eastern and Southern Africa. The purpose of the programme is to pro...

ICTs and Health Technology at the Grassroots Level in Africa

"One of the central questions of the 21st century is how technology is producing a change in our mode of operation and how its benefits can be used and applied positively. Today’s communications technology has enormous potential for helping peopl...

The African Technopolitan May 2016 Special Issue: 3D Printing Africa's Development

This issue is dedicated to different aspects and uses of 3D printing and how this technology can shape and influence Africa's development and policies. Articles included in this issue touch on the influence that 3D printing can have on medical res...

The African Technopolitan Vol 2 January 2015

"In this Issue of the African Technopolitan, we challenge African countries to think big again and to act boldly to harness applications of science, technology and innovation for economic and social development. In the lead article of the Magazi...

Developing Policies for Biodiversity Informatics in sub-Saharan Africa

"In Africa, biodiversity provides a fundamental role in economic livelihood and societal wellbeing. Africa boasts of a sizeable proportion of the world’s natural resources and biodiversity, yet this fundamental natural asset upon which life depe...

Contribution of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Climate Change Awareness in Seke and Murewa Districts of Zimbabwe

"This study seeks to explore the role of ICTs in climate change awareness in rural areas. It is based on a cross sectional study that was conducted in Seke and Murewa districts in Mashonaland East province of Zimbabwe. The findings indicate that t...

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...

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