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An overview of information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives in rural Africa towards empowerment

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dc.contributor.author Meera, K. Joseph
dc.contributor.author Andrew, T.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-26T07:19:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-26T07:19:11Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation IST-Africa 2006 Conference Proceedings en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 1-905824-01-7
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5287
dc.description.abstract Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is transforming global economy, but access to use of ICT is not distributed evenly. This research focuses on addressing major economic, political and social challenges faced by rural Africa to access Information and Communication Technology (ICT). A literature survey was conducted to see the role of ICT for rural development and how different countries developed with ICT initiatives. ICT is vital for poverty reduction and in growth of sectors like agriculture, business, health, tourism, education, governance etc. Computer illiteracy, scattered population, HIV/AIDS illnesses, lack of access to internet and telecommunication facilities and lack of good ICT policies which encourages ICT inflow, have been powerful obstacles for the social and economic growth of rural Africa. The authors present a number of successful ICT initiatives on women empowerment, e-schools, e-government, e-commerce, e-health, e-agriculture and e-business that has helped to access ICT in rural Africa. The paper also gives ideas on how rural Africa can get connected. The case studies will elaborate on ICT initiatives for rural African development. The research also focuses on various ways to close digital divide. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher IIMC International Information Management Corporation en_US
dc.rights Meera, K. ; Joseph, Andrew, T. , 2006 en_US
dc.subject Digital divide en_US
dc.subject Rural development en_US
dc.subject Computer illiteracy en_US
dc.subject Information and Communication Technology en_US
dc.title An overview of information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives in rural Africa towards empowerment en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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