Ten Things You Didn't Know About ICTs and African Development

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This is a very basic presentation I gave recently to a Netcorps event where I give a very high level overview of why ICTs are important to African development.

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Ten Things You Didn't Know About ICTs and African Development

  1. 1. 10 Things you didn't know about ICTs and Development in Africa Steve Song Manager – ICT4D Africa Programs
  2. 2. 1) ICTs in Africa are growing faster than anyone would have guessed...
  3. 3. The Dark Continent?
  4. 4. GSM Mobile Phone Coverage 2005
  5. 5. 2) ...but not fast enough
  6. 6. 3) Mobile Phone infrastructure is enormously important to African development...
  7. 7. 4) ...but mobile is not a panacea. Africa needs broadband too!
  8. 8. african university bandwidth = You Makarere University Kampala, Uganda Hundreds of times more expensive!!
  9. 9. 5) ICTs in Africa can be cheaper than paper...
  10. 10. 6) ...but are not cheap enough
  11. 11. 7) Innovation in ICTs abounds in Africa...
  12. 12. 8) ...but is limited by artificially high prices
  13. 13. 9) In Africa, the internet is limited to the few...
  14. 14. 10) ...but those FEW matter a great deal
  15. 15. BBC story on Mobile http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/3681938.stm ● BBC: I have never a big fan of technological determinism, that it can bring great changes to society. ● Kenyan Student: Were you a big sceptic of fire and wheel? ● BBC: Is it as big as that? ● Kenyan Student: Yes.
  16. 16. thanks for listening Steve Song Manager – ICT4D Africa Programs Acacia and Connectivity Africa
  17. 17. ubuntu “A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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