7th Africa DNS Forum: African Digital Economy

Aug 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Africa has seen an exponential growth of mobile phone adoption over the past decade, to become one of the largest market joining Asia and Latin America. This has led to a lot of great innovations and creative ideas have emerged from the African continent. While Africa can potentially benefit from the digital economy, Research ICT Africa 2017 After Access survey shows that most of African countries have not yet benefited from digital dividends mainly because majority of Africans do [...]

State of ICT in Mozambique

Apr 4th, 2019|0 Comments

RIA Policy Paper No. 6, Vol. 5, After Access: The state of ICT in Mozambique Policy paper by Alison Gillwald, Onkokame Mothobi and Broc Rademan. Mozambique has a challenging path ahead if it is to realise the full potential of the ICT sector in developing its economy and to make progress on the information communication technology targets that are intended as enabling the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Market structure The telecommunications market is structured around [...]

African digital platforms and the future of digital financial services

Dec 4th, 2018|0 Comments

By Renée Hunter, Chernay Johnson and Matthew Dunn This blog was first published on CENFRI As societies and economies change, so should the financial products that serve them. The insight2impact facility ׀ i2i in partnership with Research ICT Africa have created this series of infographics to describe their key findings on multi-sided platforms, and the individuals that earn income through them (platform workers) in 8 African countries. Between 26 June and 14 September 2018, i2i conducted a systematic scan of [...]

WEF: Understanding the gender gap in the Global South

Nov 9th, 2018|0 Comments

By Alison Gillwald for the World Economic Forum Despite there being no accurate data available at the global level to support claims currently being made in various gender and information and communication technology (ICT) indices, it is important to recognise the relevance of equality in access and use of the internet to social and economic inclusion in the contemporary world. Central to the call for digital equality are claims that the internet has the potential to accelerate progress [...]

AfterAccess wins EQUALSinTech 2018 Research Award

Sep 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Aileen Aguero, Alison Gillwald and Helani Galpaya. Credit ITU Flicker On September 22, 2018, AfterAccess was presented with the 2018 EQUALS in Tech Award for research, which honours efforts to close the ICT gender gap through research. AfterAccess was recognized for its contribution to addressing the gender gap through the collection of robust data on women’s (versus men’s) access to and use of ICTs to measure the gender gap, but also for examining the nuances and barriers of use [...]

After Access: The state of ICT in South Africa

Sep 10th, 2018|1 Comment

Increasing Internet connections suggests a bridging of the digital divide yet, as more people are connected, digital inequality paradoxically increases. Inequality exists not only between people online and offline, but also between those who have the skills and financial resources to use the Internet optimally, and those who do not. Without policy interventions to reduce these disparities offline inequalities will simply be mirrored online - or potentially even amplified. Many individuals and households do not use the Internet or do not have the devices [...]

We can’t tell if we’re closing the digital divide without more data

Aug 21st, 2018|0 Comments

In the blog post for the World Economic Forum, Dr Alison Gillwald critically takes a look at the evidence challenge for developing countries in order to close the digital divide.  The blog highlights that in pre-paid mobile markets the only way to obtain such data is through nationally representative demand-side surveys, such as the AfterAccess Survey undertaken across 16 countries in the Global South in 2017. The AfterAccess Survey was undertaken in Africa by RIA, in Asia by LIRNEasia and [...]

Vacancy-Research Manager

Mar 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Research ICT Africa conducts research on digital policy and regulation that facilitates evidence-based policy making for improved access, use and application of ICT for sustainable development in Africa and in the Global South and we are looking for a Research Manager to join our team! Key responsibilities of the job include: Research management and leadership (50%) Lead and co-ordinate public interest research projects for evidence-based ICT policy and regulation. Develop/operate effective systems for research management (including online systems) Develop working [...]

After Access highlights: Using evidence from the Global South to reshape our digital future

Jan 15th, 2018|0 Comments

After Access highlights: Using evidence from the Global South to reshape our digital future Research ICT Africa conducted informal sector, household and individual surveys in seven African countries- Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda and Mozambique in 2017. The surveys are part of a global initiative on producing much-needed quality data on ICT access and use in the global South. RIA co-ordinated the surveys with our sister networks LIRNEasia in 6 Asian countries and DIRSI in five Latin American. The surveys [...]

State of ICT in Lesotho

Jan 12th, 2018|0 Comments

While Lesotho has made significant progress towards its national vision of 2020, it faces several challenges as a small landlocked, lower-middle income country, with mountainous terrain and low population density outside of the capital, Maseru. The five-year National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) 2012/13 - 2016/17 identified ICTs as the backbone of a modern economy and contributing to the reduction of risks associated with urbanisation, poor infrastructure, poverty, unemployment and inequality. Yet, currently close to 65% of the population [...]

What is the state of micro-work in Africa? A view from seven countries

Dec 18th, 2017|0 Comments

There has been considerable hype about the potential of online work to contribute to economic growth and development and ameliorate unemployment in Africa through the creation of jobs, particularly ‘decent work’, by freeing citizens from geographic constraints of labour demand and misalignment of skills and resources in national economies. This study of microwork or platform work across seven African countries undertaken as part of the  16 Global South country studies provides the only demand side perspective of online generated work and although statistical limited by the instances of [...]

Onkokame Mothobi participating in ITU Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI)

Sep 12th, 2017|0 Comments

The 8th Meeting of the Expert Group on Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (EGTI) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12-13 September 2017. The meeting will be organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by ITU. The EGTI meeting will be held back-to-back with the 5th Meeting of the Expert Group on ICT Household Indicators (EGH), which will also take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 14-15 September 2017. RIA's senior researcher, Onkokame [...]

Cost of smartphones continues the digital divide in Tanzania

Aug 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Cost of smartphones continues the digital divide in Tanzania Tanzania is ranked fourth among 49 African countries when comparing the cheapest 1GB of prepaid mobile data, yet the Internet penetration rate remains low at 30%. A nationally representative ICT Survey recently completed by Research ICT Africa (RIA) finds 43% of Tanzanian population does not own a mobile phone. The Survey also identifies the cost of smartphone devices to be a major inhibiting factor on Internet take up. RIA’s Beyond [...]

After Access Surveys – Questionnaires, Methodology, and Timeframe

Aug 4th, 2017|0 Comments

After Access Household, Individual and Business surveys - 2017/18 In fulfilling its mission to create an evidence base for ICT policy making across Africa, Research ICT Africa is conducting informal sector, household and individual surveys in seven African countries. RIA has been developing and gathering universal indicators on ICT access and use for over a decade; providing some of the only non-proprietorial data on users and non-users in Africa. With the generous support of the Canadian International Development Research [...]

Beyond Access data: Research ICT Africa (RIA) ICT household surveys in 2017

Jun 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Beyond Access data: Research ICT Africa (RIA) ICT household surveys in 2017 RIA, a non-profit think tank focused on building evidence for ICT policy and regulation, will be resuming the Household and Individual ICT access and use survey again in January 2017 after a funding interregnum.   This round includes, nine African countries (Kenya, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa and Lesotho). The surveys are part of a global initiative on producing much needed quality data on [...]

World Summit on the Information Society 2017: High level policy statement

Jun 26th, 2017|0 Comments

World Summit on the Information Society 2017: High level policy statement By Alison Gillwald (PhD) Executive director, Research ICT Africa, and Adjunct Professor University of Cape Town. Research ICT Africa is an African public–interest ICT research ICT policy and regulatory network that has provided technical assistance to African countries, multilateral agencies and development banks for over a decade. It is the only organization collecting comprehensive supply-side and demand-side data that is available in the public domain with national representative [...]

Beyond Access Surveys

Jun 26th, 2017|0 Comments

After Access Surveys The 2017 questionnaires for the Beyond Access Household, Individual and Business survey are now available. To access the survey questionnaire you are interested in, simply select between the to options below. Household and Individual Survey Business Survey Survey Methodology Please contact admin@researchictafrica.net or communications@researchictafrica.net Sign up for our mailing list here for updates on the status of surveys.

Disentangling the broadband divide in Rwanda: supply-side vs demand-side

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Disentangling the broadband divide in Rwanda: supply-side vs demand-side The Rwandan telecommunications sector has shown particularly strong growth in recent years, due to a vibrant economy and championing of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the highest level. ICT is a central engine to driving Rwanda’s transformation to a knowledge-based economy. The SMART Rwanda plan 2015-2016 put broadband at the heart of the national socio-economic development agenda. While the supply-side analysis provides information on price trends, it does not provide [...]

Measuring Information Society Report 2016: Acknowledgments

Dec 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Measuring Information Society Report 2016: Acknowledgments The 2016 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was prepared by the ICT Data and Statistics Division within the Telecommunications Development Bureau of ITU. The team comprised Susan Teltscher (Head of Division), Fredrik Eriksson, Vanessa Gray, Esperanza Magpantay, Lourdes Montenegro and Ivan Vallejo. David Souter, consultant to ITU, provided substantive contribu ons to Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Halvor Sannæs and Josie Sephton from Strategy Analytics Ltd. provided substantive inputs to Chapter [...]

GIS 2016: economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet

Nov 28th, 2016|0 Comments

GIS 2016: economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet A groundbreaking report on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet will be released at the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, on 9 December 2016. The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report will look at the role of the internet in realising economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). In the same way that the internet is essential to sustainable development, it is [...]

World Bank seminar on Gender & ICT – A Gender Gap Analysis of Zambia

Oct 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

World Bank seminar on Gender & ICT - A Gender Gap Analysis of Zambia The Transport & ICT GP and the Gender CCSA present: Gender & ICT: A Gender Gap Analysis of Zambia Hosted by Susan Ulbaek, Executive Director of the Nordic and Baltic Countries, The World Bank Group Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 12:00-1:30PM EDT Room: J 8-044 RSVP & Add to Calendar Lunch will be provided Join WebEx meeting Meeting number: 732 905 151 Meeting password: AH4FDcWQ Join [...]

Western Cape Digital Readiness

Sep 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Western Cape Digital Readiness Assessment : 2015 The Western Cape Digital Readiness Assessment provides a baseline against which to measure the progress made by the Western Cape Broadband Strategic Framework. This envisages a catalytic broadband environment driving co-ordinated and integrated action across the provincial government, among citizens and in the economy. While one of the key objectives relates to the development of broadband infrastructure, the plan acknowledges the demand-side factors that will determine its success. The readiness of [...]

Household & Individual Survey

Aug 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Household & Individual Survey For more than a decade, Research ICT Africa has conducted household, individual and business surveys on ICT access and use across several African countries. Initially there were 20 countries participating in the surveys but this figure dropped to 17 for the 2007/8 survey, and in 2011/12 only 12 countries across the continent participated in the survey. These surveys have provided nationally representative indicators at the household, individual and informal business level for the various participating countries. [...]

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