Achieving Social and Economic Inclusivity: Tapping the Potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Achieving Social and Economic Inclusivity: Tapping the Potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

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Earlier, the ICTs were mostly developed and used in ‘developed’ countries of the North. Elsewhere, other countries still struggled to have access to ICT devices at competitive rates as well as the required connectivity. This led to a much talked about digital divide, which is one of the best-known faces of ICTs. With Continental Africa progressing steadily on its own with massive investment in ICTs (especially optical fiber cables) and its widening network of big markets and many key players, this has changed the previously held view of ICTs as causing and maintaining a digital divide to linking ICTs to the important role they can play in development. Read more about this in the AVU Policy Brief no. 2017-47 at https://oer.avu.org/handle/123456789/703