Africa's information revolution : technical regimes and by James T. Murphy, P?draig Carmody

By James T. Murphy, P?draig Carmody

Africa’s details Revolution was lately introduced as the 2016 prizewinner of the Royal Academy for out of the country Sciences - congratulations to the authors James T. Murphy and Padraig Carmody!

Africa’s details Revolution offers an in-depth exam of the improvement and monetary geographies accompanying the fast diffusion of latest ICTs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Represents the 1st book-length comparative case examine ICT diffusion in Africa of its kind
  • Confronts present info and conversation applied sciences for improvement (ICT4D) discourse by way of offering a counter to principally confident mainstream views on Africa’s customers for m- and e-development
  • Features comparative examine according to greater than two hundred interviews with corporations from a producing and repair in Tanzania and South Africa
  • Raises key insights concerning the structural demanding situations dealing with Africa even within the context of the continent’s contemporary financial progress spurt
  • Combines views from fiscal and improvement geography and technology and expertise stories to illustrate the facility of built-in conceptual-theoretical frameworks
  • Include maps, images, diagrams and tables to spotlight the innovations, box examine settings, and key findings

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Medium-scale firms have more than 20 employees, small-scale firms have between 5 and 20 employees, and micro-scale firms have fewer than five. In our study, the vast majority of firms are micro- or small in scale and many, ­particularly in Tanzania’s wood products industry, operate in the informal or unregistered sector and often with a single employee-owner. While the boundaries between the small, micro-, and medium-scale are somewhat arbitrary, the sampled firms are primarily African-owned enterprises that often serve as entrepreneurial actors in the South African and Tanzanian economies.

By unlocking the genie in the phone, they empower people to make their own choices and decisions. (World Bank, 2012b) 6 africa’s information revolution Viewed from these perspectives, the primary challenge for African societies and economies is to effectively integrate ICTs into livelihood strategies and business practices, such that the dynamics of ICT-driven forms of socioeconomic and industrial development can gain momentum as ties to global knowledge flows are enhanced, deepened, and expanded.

According to Kleine (2013), the broad idea is that ICTs are considered to be the means, whereas development is the end. While few would deny that new information and communications technologies can make valuable contributions to development, the sharp or exclusive focus on information technology is interesting. There are no comparable fields of industry or agriculture for development, or infrastructure for development. This may in part be because economic sectors are thought to be development, whereas ICTs 4 africa’s information revolution are meant to facilitate development.

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