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Technology Shaping and Technology Policy From Workshop Highlights

The role of society in shaping technological development is key to sound technology policies. This was the message emerging from a workshop “Understanding technology shaping, policy and research in development” that was held in Nairobi. It was a cu…

Gender Dimensions of Science and Technology African Women in Agriculture

"African governments and international partners have made a commitment to women’s and girls’ access and participation to science and technology. This paper will concern itself specifically with the plight of African women in agriculture because they…

A Review of Methodology for Assessing ICT Impact on Development and Economic Transformation

"The objective of this study is to investigate the impact and implications of ICTs on economic development and trans-formation in Africa. Assessing the impact of ICT will address two dimensions (i)Iden-tifying the impact of ICT production and use in…

Evolution, Status and Impact of ICT on Economic Development and Transformation in Africa: An Overview

"This paper presents an overview of the ICT evolution, status, and its future in Africa in relation to its impact on development and economic transformation of Africa. The objective of this study is to investigate the impact and implications of IC…

Human Capital Development Programme for Effective ICT in Africa

"This paper examined how to develop an ICT strategy for Africa, with particular reference to its human capital, in order to enable it to pursue a similar path of development. A specific task of this framework paper is to form a basis for several co…

ICTs and Industrial Development: Transformation and Employment Generation

"The paper is organized as follows: In the section that follows we provide a brief background on the status of ICTs in Africa albeit partially. Africa is largely disconnected from global markets due in large to the digital inequality that affects Af…

Trade, Industry and Technology Development in Sub Saharan Africa: Policies, Response and Effects

"This paper focuses on the inter-relationships among trade, industrialization and technological development in the context of the overall process of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries. The paper pays particular attention to p…

Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa's Regional Integration: From Rhetoric to Practice

"This study has reviewed national and regional STI policies, programmes and priorities of African countries in general and 19 Sub Saharan countries in particular. Emphasis was placed on the strengths and features of national systems of innovation as…

Old Problems, New Solutions: Harnessing Technology and Innovation in the Fight against Global Poverty

"This document comprises several policy briefs 1)The Innovation Revolution and its Implications for Development – the authors explore how technology-driven innovations in finance, management and accountability can catalyze scaled up development inte…

The East Africa Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Development

"This is a synthesis report of the proceedings of the East Africa Conference on Intellectual Property Rights and Development which took place in Jinja-Uganda from the 28th -29th June 2006. The Conference brought together senior level officials from…

Impact of Cellular Phones on Technical and Allocative Efficiencies of Commercial Taxi and Fishing Boat Firms in Ghana

"It is important for the policy makers to know the productivity of a factor of production, know the levels of technical and allocative efficiencies, and their significant determinants so that the policy makers can know on which factor or determinant…

Seeing is Believing? Evidence from a Demonstration Plot Experiment in Mozambique

"We preliminarily find that providing sustainable land management (SLM) training to standard contact farmers and having them maintain demonstration plots within the community on a whole had low impact on the knowledge and adoption of SLM practices. …

Élections au Burundi - Reconfiguration radicale du paysage politique

Les élections générales au Burundi viennent de conduire à une transformation totale du paysage politique. La victoire remarquable de l'ancienne rébellion du CNDD-FDD à tous les différents scrutins et l'élection de son candidat à la présidentielle, P…

Technology Diffusion through Intellectual Property Rights: Innovating to Combat Climate Change

"The technological revolution required by climate action, aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change, can be achieved by existing technology, but would benefit immensely from continued innovation to lower costs. Such a revolution will enable d…

Locus of Control and Technology Adoption in Africa: Evidence from Ethiopia

We investigate the implication of farmers’ locus of control on their technology adoption decisions. Our empirical analysis is based on two longitudinal surveys and hypothetical choice exercises conducted on Ethiopian farmers. We find that locus of…

Africa's Cryptocurrency Boom: The Bitcoin Craze

Cryptocurrency as a digital asset is designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to anonymously secure its transactions, control the creation of additional units and to verify the transfer of assets. Cryptography the process of …

Bridging the Digital Divide and Supporting Increased Digital Trade: Scoping Study

The global economy is experiencing important technological shifts, with the rise of digital technology a key driver. This can be seen today in the rapid growth of the digital economy, broadly defined as the use of digital technologies to facilitate …

An Effective Technology Transfer System: Research and Extension Messages reach the Majority of Farmers

Why do farmers need access to newer technologies on a recurrent basis? Most subsistence farmers already know how to farm and undertake post-harvest processing from their parents. The main reason to turn to technology is that traditional techniques …

Artificial Intelligence and Political Science

The future of representative democracy is uncertain. The gradual consolidation of its institutions, procedures, cultural and ideological references, was directly congruent with the evolution of the industrial age economic and social compound. But th…

Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How Machines are Affecting People and Places

The power and prospect of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) initially alarmed technology experts, for fear that machine advancements would destroy jobs. Then came a correction of sorts, with a wave of reassurances minimizing their negative…

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