Reducing the Global Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa

Diego Rumiany of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs discusses possible policy actions to bridge the Global Digital Divide: The purpose of this article is to show that this reasoning is not necessarily true in Sub-Saharan Africa, where other political and economic factors need to be taken into consideration, and where empirical evidence shows that more elementary needs must be addressed first in order to increase the success rate of GDD national policies. In the first section, I define both GDD and the common benefits and obstacles argued by existing literature. In the second section, I describe some structural elements of Sub-Saharan Africa and suggest why the current “Bridge Logic” needs to be replaced. Finally, I conclude and suggest some policy implications.

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