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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 2, No. 4 (2006) open journal systems 


The role of ICTs in the economic development of Africa: The case of South Africa

Kehbuma Langmia, Bowie State University, USA


Abstract
Africa has been hard hit with poverty and diseases and these have had immense effects on the quality of social, cultural and political lives of the people. This has made development to move at a very slow pace in the last decades. But the presence of information and communication technologies (ICTs) have somewhat carved an alternative path to development. Not withstanding the urgency and enthusiasm with using this new medium of effecting social and economic change, the Internet has brought about negative as well as positive contributions to development in Africa. The contributions of scholars in the field of technology in bringing about change in the lives of people in Africa in general and South Africa in particular will be discussed and analyzed. The reviews and analysis of the contributions of the scholars in the field of development will be critical in judging the overall significance of the role of the Internet in promoting social change.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556