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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 …

Digital Technologies Uptake is Still Low in Ugandan Secondary and Tertiary Institutions

The Ugandan Government has recognised the use of digital technologies in education as an avenue for providing learners and trainers’ opportunities to operate with ease in a highly digitalised economy and fast-evolving world of work. In this regard, …

Understanding Strategic Decisions of Digital Agricultural Platform Companies: Sic Case Studies of Sub-Saharan African Platforms

Over the last seven years, digital agricultural platforms offering a broad range of products and digital services to smallholder farmers have gained a dominant position on the African market. This paper examines the predictions of platform theory us…

Focusing on Local community Involvement, Coordinated Financing and Strengthened Digital Platforms for Sustainable Universal Health Coverage

Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures that all people have access to health services when and where needed without financial hardship. The delivery of these services is anchored on 3 pillars: service delivery, health financing and population cover…

Limited Access to Electricity and Digital Technologies a Barrier to E-Learning in Uganda

On March 15, 2020, Uganda’s government ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools, universities, and other educational institutions to stem the spread of COVID-19, keeping approximately 15 million children out of school. Twelve months …

Democracy and Development: Journal of West African Affairs, Volume 5 No 3: #EndSARS and Beyond - Protests, Politics, and the Public Sphere

The four papers in this issue address the themes of youth participation in the protests, the use, power, and increasing importance of social media, and the ticklish question of the utility of violence. The first article by Akinyetun Tope Shola “Soc…

Privacy Imperilled: Analysis of Surveillance, Encryption and Data Localisation Laws in Africa

The right to privacy has come under increased attack in many African countries, with the proliferation of digital technologies being matched by state measures that negate this right. In the past few years, many countries across the continent have en…

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…

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…

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