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Africa Networking, Development Information

Africa Networking

Development Information, ICTs and Governance

Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, Aida Opoku-Mensah, M. A. Mohamed Salih, and Orlando Nino Fluck, foreword by K. Y. Amoako.

"Technology has produced the information age. Now it is up to all of us to build an information society. But let us recognize that we are embarked on an endeavour that transcends technology. Building an open, empowering information society is a social, economic and ultimately political challenge." - Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General

Bringing together in-depth analysis and critical insights into the potential benefits of improved technology in Africa's development, this work illustrates the central role geoinformation and information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in the delivery of efficient and effective services by governments and agencies. The potential political rewards of better digital technology are discussed, as is the important role digital networks could play in establishing increased political participation and empowerment, and profits among businesses. In exploring these topics, considerations such as financial accountability, private and corporate responsibility, and social considerations like transparency and accountability are also brought to light.

K. B. Ben Soltane is the director of the Development Information Services Division at the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa. She lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Aida Opoku-Mensah is a team leader for United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa. She lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
M. A. Mohamed Salih is a professor of politics of development both at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, and at University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
Orlando Nino Fluck is a senior cartographer at the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa. He lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Karima Bounemra
Ben Soltane [red]
regional studies
288 pages
Jan van Arkel
€ 29,95

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