Wikiprogress Africa

This blog is written and maintained by the Wikiprogress Africa Network. This network, hosted by the OECD, aims to provide a platform for knowledge sharing on measuring progress and well-being in an African context.

Ce blog est administré et mis à jour par le réseau Wikiprogress Africa. Ce réseau, hébergé par l'OCDE, est une plateforme axée sur le partage de connaissances dans le domaine de la mesure du progrès et du bien-être des sociétés africaines.

samedi 6 juillet 2013

Impact of the Internet in Africa: Establishing conditions for success and catalyzing inclusive growth in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Nigeria


This report by the Dalberg Group intends to help policymakers capture the potential of the Internet for social and economic development—to help them understand how their societies already use the Internet, where the opportunities lie, what future potential for social impact the Internet offers, and what their countries need to get there. In order to sample a diversity of social, economic and demographic characteristics as well as a varied approach to Internet governance across Sub-Saharan Africa, the study focused on the current and potential impact of the Internet in four countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal.



Access to Internet is in expansion in Subsaharan Africa but its potential is still largely untapped. With a little capital and the right business model, be a step toward the creation of companies that will sustainably and positively impact on the poorest.



The report addresses the current and potential impact of the Internet on various socioeconomic domains. In the health sector, Internet-based applications—especially, eLearning and remote training—have begun to remedy a longstanding and life-threatening shortage of qualified health workers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, in the domain of trade and business Internet has been used as an enabling medium to create opportunities. While eCommerce is still nascent in Sub-Saharan Africa, mobile money is being used (OzinboPay in West Africa, and Pesapal in Kenya) and could be the foundation of eCommerce. Besides, the report shows the impact of the access to Internet in the domain of education and agriculture, among other sectors.



Case studies in Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria




Tapping this potential for social and economic gains will be achieved through investments in infrastructure and the broader ecosystem for innovation. A thriving Internet economy needs two key pillars:


  • Core infrastructure, which includes different facets of an enabling environment (Internet coverage, electricity, availability of skills and percepetions of corruption
  • And the conditions for usage which include the access, awareness, availability and attractiveness of the Internet services.


Sub-Saharan Africa countries, although on the right path, must continue to invest in core infrastructure as well as usage conditions in order to maximise the Internet’s impact.


To download this report, please click here



Ousmane Aly DIALLO
Wikiprogress Africa Coordinator

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