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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 ...

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...

Technology and the Nature of Active Citizenship: The Case of Botswana

The use of technology in citizen participation has grown phenomenally in developed countries, but is emergent in most developing countries. Accessibility and the functionality of information and communication technologies such as telephone, cellul...

Strengthening Local Government Service Delivery Systems Through the Open Government Initiative: The Case of Botswana

The Government of Botswana has, and continues to promote local government as an instrument of decentralization and public participation for local level governance and service delivery. Local authorities (LAs) are at the forefront of the provision ...

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...

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