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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 Magazine…

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 …

What is the State of Microwork in Africa? A View from Seven Countries

There has been considerable hype about the potential of online work to contribute to economic growth and development and ameliorate unemployment in Africa through the creation of jobs, particularly ‘decent work’, by freeing citizens from geographic …

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 …

Les Imperatifs de Capacités en Science, Technologie et innovation dans les pays Africains: Cas du Togo / The Requirements of Capacities in Science, Technology and Innovation in African Countries: Case of Togo

Togo has a National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy based on the priorities defined by the Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Employment Promotion (SCAPE 2013-2017) in the field of research and development, one of the factors of mod…

The Digital Revolution, Open Science and Innovation for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The last two decades have experienced an explosive global growth of powerful digital technologies for communication, data acquisition, computation, artificial intelligence and unrestrained information broadcasting. Together they constitute a “digita…

Despite Perceptions of Gender Equality, Africa's Rural Women Bear Brunt of Economic Exclusion

Gender equality is both Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5 and a theme underpinning various other goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The agenda highlights the need for gender-equal access to education, ownership of resources…

What is Wrong with African Tax Administration?

National tax administrations in sub-Saharan Africa have undergone considerable reform in recent decades. In a number of respects, they are, on average, more reformed and more efficient than tax administrations in other low income regions of the worl…

COVID-19 and E-Governance: Lessons from South Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored global dependence on the Internet. In the face of travel restrictions and lockdowns, social media has emerged as a crucial factor in the maintenance of personal relationships, working environments and day-to-day…

The Day After Tomorrow: Africa's Battle with COVID-19 and the Road Ahead

The COVID-19 pandemic has been widely described as unforeseen, and a “black-swan event”. It is, however, nothing of the kind. Scientists had long warned the world about the eventuality of such a pandemic. It is therefore nothing short of a failure o…

What is Wrong with African Tax Administration? - Summary

National tax administrations in sub-Saharan Africa have undergone considerable reform in recent decades. In several respects, they are, on average, more reformed and more efficient than tax administrations in other low-income regions. Many have made…

African Cities in Times of COVID-19: Resilience against all Odds

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed new vulnerabilities in social, infrastructure, and governance systems. In the first months of the pandemic, there was a genuine concern about the capacity of the Global South to contain the spread of the virus. Afri…

Telecommunication Ecosystem Evolution in Kenya 2009-2019: Setting the Pace and Unbundling the Turbulent Journey to a Digital Economy in a 4IR Era

Telecommunications and ICTs impact Kenyans’ daily socio-economic endeavours in work, commerce, health, and education, and is the gateway to a bright future for Kenya to continue to deliver innovative new e-government services; where the imaginations…

Mapping and Analysis of Privacy Laws and Policies in Africa - Summary Report

Privacy in the digital age has become a preeminent human rights issue, given its intricate connection with, and its being a foundation for the realisation of other rights such as freedoms of expression, information, assembly, and association. Yet, w…

Digital Rights in Zimbabwe, UPR Submission, Session 40

Digital rights and freedoms should be accorded the same protection as offline rights and freedoms. Protection of freedom of expression, access to information, data protection and privacy have been guaranteed in international and regional instruments…

Strengthening Data Governance in Africa

This inception report focuses on the emerging trends in Africa’s digital and data environment. The study builds a case for mobilizing action at both regional and national levels, to strengthen data governance frameworks in Africa, particularly in vi…

How Telecom Companies in Africa can Respond Better to Internet Disruptions

The role of internet intermediaries, including mobile network operators, internet service providers, web hosting providers, social media platforms and search engines, is increasingly becoming critical as the internet permeates all aspects of society…

Towards the Evaluation of Socio-digital ID Ecosystems in Africa: Comparative Analysis of Findings from Ten Country Case Studies

Efforts to establish or improve national identification systems in Africa have coincided with the increasing deployment of mobile technology. This has led to the prioritisation of digital “solutions” for facilitating forms of identification and regi…

Digital Disruption in Africa: Mapping Innovations for the AfCFTA in Post-COVID Times

This paper looks at the development of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Africa against the backdrop of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and makes proposals for policymakers. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how digita…

How African Governments Undermine the Use of Encryption

Encryption is the ability to encode communications (or information or data) so that only the intended recipient can access, read or understand them. As such, encryption technologies enable internet users to protect the confidentiality of their data …

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