Gender and the Information Revolution in Africa by Eva M. Rathgeber, Edith Ofwona Adera

By Eva M. Rathgeber, Edith Ofwona Adera

Info is universally said to be a lynchpin of sustainable and equitable improvement. In Africa, although, entry to details is restricted, and particularly so for rural girls. the recent details and communique applied sciences (ICTs), established totally on the net, supply capability to redress this imbalance. The essays during this ebook study the present and power effect of the ICT explosion in Africa. They concentration in particular on gender matters and examine the level to which women’s wishes and personal tastes are being served.

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Failure to give priority to ICT strategies that enable developing countries and countries in transition both to develop their national infrastructures and to join the Gil [global information infrastructure] will exacerbate the gap between rich and poor. There is a growing need to evaluate the social and economic impacts of ICTs and to create opportunities for capacity building that will ensure their beneficial use and absorption within national economies and civil society. UNCSTD (1997, p. 17, para 62) 36 MARCELLE In this influential report, UNCSTD also acknowledged that least-developed countries in Africa and other regions will require special treatment if they are to gain access to the financial resources, physical infrastructure, and knowledge base required to successfully harness ICTs for development.

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