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What is the Future of Internet in Africa?

Recuero Virto, Laura and Parvati-Goudry, Marianne (2010): What is the Future of Internet in Africa? Published in: Techniques Financières et Développement No. 100 (2010)


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In this paper, we present the role of information communications and the Internet, as tools for the deployment of innovative applications for Africa, showing that this is not an African matter since the same phenomenon took place fairly recently in the OECD countries. We then describe the work that remains to go for Africa to achieve full Internet access and usage, emphasizing in particular the role of governments in the use of public funds to create an environment facilitating the deployment of local content. Furthermore, we emphatise that there should be a paradigm shift in donors strategies by integrating broadband into human development but also into economic progress. Finally, we conclude by stressing the urgent need for engagement in peer learning.

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