RIA’s Written Statement Delivered During the Meeting of the OEWG at the United Nations

By |2019-12-03T15:33:58+02:00Dec 3rd, 2019|Categories: Africa, Home, Human rights and internet governance, Internet governance, Multistakeholderism|Tags: , , , , , |

RIA's Written Statement Delivered During the Meeting of the OEWG at the United Nations Creating a cyberspace based on rules, laws, and norms: An African perspective for the OEWG RIA’s has prepared a written statement for the Open-Ended Working Group’s intersessional consultive meeting on developments in the field of information and communications technology in [...]

Fourth Industrial Revolution? Presentation by Alison Gillwald at #AfriSIG19

By |2019-09-09T14:00:44+02:00Sep 9th, 2019|Categories: Africa, Africa Digital Policy Project|Tags: , , , , |

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (#4IR) has emerged as one of the most important topics amongst world leaders, academia, practitioners, experts, and policy makers. Research ICT Africa's Executive Director, Dr. Alison Gillwald's lecture at the African School of Internet Governance (AfriSIG) on Emerging issues in Internet Governance, Technology, Development and Policy Response. Download presentation [...]

RIA says #NoToXenophobia

By |2019-09-04T12:35:55+02:00Sep 4th, 2019|Categories: Africa, Africa Digital Policy Project, Blog, Home|Tags: , |

Research ICT Africa (RIA) has worked for nearly a decade with its partners throughout the continent. Being a pan-African organisation working with diverse networks and partners across the continent is a core component of our strength and resilience in our mission to research ICT access and use and to inform evidence-based digital policy. Throughout [...]

Parenting in the age of Digi-Schools in Kenya

By |2017-03-27T19:44:52+02:00Mar 27th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, Demand side ICT data, RIA Rap|Tags: , , |

By Dr Margaret Nyambura Internet access in Kenya has seen an incredible boom over the last decade. The regulatory authority cited that of the 37.7 million subscribers, as of September 2016, 99 % accessed the Internet through their mobile devices. There have been targeted government and operator initiatives to deal with issues of digital literacy such [...]

Infrastructure Deficiencies and Adoption of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa.

By |2017-03-22T09:56:13+02:00Mar 22nd, 2017|Categories: Africa, Demand side ICT data, infrastructure, Pricing, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , |

On Monday the 20th of March 2017, our Senior Researcher, Onkokame Mothobi presented the paper "Infrastructure Deficiencies and Adoption of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa" at the CSAE conference: Economic Development in Africa. The paper was co-authored with Lukasz Grzybowski. It makes use of Research ICT Africa Household survey data to respond to the main research question. [...]

GigaNet: The Scholarly Voice to the global Internet Governance Forum

By |2017-02-16T08:57:21+02:00Feb 16th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Internet governance, RIA Rap|Tags: , , |

Opinion piece by Joash Ntenga Moitui.         With increasing internet connectivity, digitalization and number of online communities, there has been a focus on the technical aspect of the internet, more often neglecting scholars and researchers that provide fundamental ideas, critique, analyse various themes, who also debate and discussion internet governance. In the past, scholars [...]

Navigating affordability for internet access and use: Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa studies

By |2017-01-25T08:18:47+02:00Jan 25th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, Demand side ICT data, Prepaid bundles, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , , |

Knowing from previous research that affordability is one of the primary barriers to internet access, and particularly to optimal use, Research ICT Africa (RIA) conducted focus groups in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda in November last year. The purpose of this Mozilla-funded research, one part of its Equal Rating project, was to obtain qualitative information that [...]

Experiences of a returning young scholar- CPRsouth 2016

By |2016-10-24T14:20:45+02:00Oct 24th, 2016|Categories: Africa, CPRSouth, RIA Rap, Young Scholar Programme|

By Safia Khan As a young professional venturing into the complex space that is the intersection of ICT and development, a conference on Communications Policy & Research in the global South can be an intimidating space not least because of the plethora of information there is to dissolve. This was precisely how it felt being a [...]

Big Data and social research: a necessary partnership?

By |2016-07-01T13:07:10+02:00Jul 1st, 2016|Categories: Africa, Demand side ICT data, ICT policy and planning, RIA Rap|Tags: , , , |

source: When researchers want to study people, their behaviours, and patterns, they would have to budget most of the project’s timeline to observing, recording and capturing data. Today’s “Smart” devices are denoted as such due to their ability to connect to the internet, in addition to storing and sharing vast amounts of data. [...]

CPRsouth 2016 Young Scholar Awards

By |2016-05-24T08:29:32+02:00May 24th, 2016|Categories: Africa, Broadband 4 Africa, CPRSouth, RIA Rap, Young Scholar Programme|Tags: , , , |

Following highly successful joint Afro-Asian CPR conferences in Mauritius in 2012, and India in 2013, CPRafrica and CPRsouth formally merged under the banner of CPRsouth in 2014. Since then, CPRsouth has hosted conferences in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa (2014), and at the Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence at Yuan Ze [...]