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The impact of connectivity in Africa: Grand visions and the mirage of inclusive digital development

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Corporations, development organisations and governments have launched ambitious programmes to ‘connect the unconnected’, reasoning that this creates economic growth and inclusive development. This paper contrasts these actors’ discourses with evidence from academic research. The evidence suggests a highly uneven economic impact of Internet connectivity across geographies and social strata. The analysed sources of discourse (African ICT policies and reports by international organisations) inst...

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Oxford, SSD, Oxford Internet Institute
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City University of Hong Kong: Department of Information Systems Publisher's website
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Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries Journal website
Volume:
79
Issue:
2
Publication date:
2017-01-01
Acceptance date:
2016-10-15
ISSN:
1681-4835
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pubs:652987
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uri:60c1bef4-9f98-4d8b-a699-f823325d4b30
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2

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