The Transformational Use of Information and
Communication Technologies in Africa
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- Solutions or Strategies
- Internet Access, Affordability And Use
: World Bank and the African Development Bank
Over the past decade GDP has been increasing on average at 5% a year, and over the next five years, Africa’s economy will grow faster than any other continent. One contributory factor has been the takeup of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and, in particular, the spectacular growth in mobile communications.
The number of mobile subscriptions in use in Africa increased from fewer than 25 million in 2001 to almost 650 million by 2012. Two-thirds of African adults now have access to ICTs.
ICTs are now helping Africa to overcome its traditional market failures – such as communicable diseases, the public-goods aspects of having a literate and numerate population, and clean water and sanitation – as well as government failures – absentee teachers and doctors, patronage-ridden water and electric utilities, etc.
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