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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 fo…

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 ident…

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 t…

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 cooperatio…

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 sector…

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 inform…

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…

New Bill offers robust game plan against cybercrime in South Africa

A significant increase in internet access combined with a growing reliance on e-governance, commercial services, social networks, and the Internet of Things has increased the vulnerability of both citizens and governments to cyber criminals.

Visualisation and mapping does not compensate for poor data

With Internet-based services taking the centre of an increasingly digital global economy, reliable and up to date data sets are crucial for the  formulation of evidence-based policy. Critical attention, however, should be paid to methodologies used …

How do we tackle online risks without sacrificing children’s digital futures?

As access to the Internet increases in South Africa (albeit slowly), our children’s exposure to both new opportunities and new risks also increase. This is perhaps why the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) is proposing wide-ranging reforms…

Nanjala Nyabola on the “digital colonialism” transforming Kenya’s political discourse

While Cambridge Analytica might be best known for harvesting millions of Facebook users’ personal data to meddle in both the UK Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election, the consulting firm has also had a hand in influencing elections…

Cyber crime and data privacy: how Africa can up its game

Africa is the  fastest growing continent when it comes to Internet penetration. The percentage of people on the continent using the Internet increased from a mere 2.1% in 2005 to 24.4% in 2018, according to the International Telecommunication Union …

COVID-19: Implications for the 'digital divide' in Africa

In a time of social distancing and government-enforced lockdowns to curtail the spread of COVID-19, digital technology has enabled the continuation of work, education and communication. But for millions of people who are unable to connect to the int…

COVID-19 and the youth: Opportunities in information and communications

This article is part of a series on youth innovation during COVID-19 developed by the African Centre for the Study of the US at Wits University, the Youth Bridge Trust, and the Africa Portal.

Youth and the digital economy in Africa

This article is a part of a series on youth innovation during COVID-19 developed by the African Centre for the Study of the US at Wits University, the Youth Bridge Trust, and the Africa Portal.

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…

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