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Title:Examining claims for information and communication technology-led development in Africa
Authors:Otiso, Kefa M.ISNI
Moseley, William G.ISNI
Periodical:African Geographical Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subject:information technology
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19376812.2009.9756219
Abstract:Information and communication technology (ICT) is increasingly seen as the key to rapid development in lower-income regions, especially Africa. The authors review the ICT-based development thesis, summarize the major obstacles to widespread ICT use in Africa, and outline the region's most popular ICT applications and their potential contributions to development. More specifically, they examine claims that ICT is contributing to development in Africa by improving communication, opening new investment opportunities, incorporating the African diaspora in development, and integrating the continent into the global economy. The authors also problematize ICT use in Africa (including its tendency to reinforce existing power relations) and explore obstacles to wider use of these technologies, such as lack of reliable electric power and relevant content, as well as gross social inequalities in access to ICT. Because of their enormous practical value, cell phones and the Internet have emerged as Africa's most popular ICT applications. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]