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What is the Future of Internet in Africa?


  • Recuero Virto, Laura
  • Parvati-Goudry, Marianne


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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  • Recuero Virto, Laura & Parvati-Goudry, Marianne, 2010. "What is the Future of Internet in Africa?," MPRA Paper 28312, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2010.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:28312

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    Internet; Africa;

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    • L97 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Utilities: General

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