Africa's information revolution : technical regimes and by James T. Murphy, P?draig Carmody

By James T. Murphy, P?draig Carmody

Africa’s details Revolution was lately introduced as the 2016 prizewinner of the Royal Academy for out of the country Sciences - congratulations to the authors James T. Murphy and Padraig Carmody!

Africa’s details Revolution offers an in-depth exam of the advance and monetary geographies accompanying the swift diffusion of latest ICTs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Represents the 1st book-length comparative case examine ICT diffusion in Africa of its kind
  • Confronts present details and communique applied sciences for improvement (ICT4D) discourse by way of delivering a counter to mostly confident mainstream views on Africa’s customers for m- and e-development
  • Features comparative learn in accordance with greater than 2 hundred interviews with organisations from a producing and repair in Tanzania and South Africa
  • Raises key insights in regards to the structural demanding situations dealing with Africa even within the context of the continent’s fresh fiscal development spurt
  • Combines views from financial and improvement geography and technology and know-how stories to illustrate the ability of built-in conceptual-theoretical frameworks
  • Include maps, pictures, diagrams and tables to spotlight the thoughts, box learn settings, and key findings

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Published 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2 africa’s information revolution Conference on Trade and Development [UNCTAD], 2012). Moreover, state-level institutions in most countries remain poorly equipped to manage and guide economic development, provide basic social services, and/or maintain or upgrade vital infrastructures (roads, energy) needed to sustain productive industries (Rotberg, 2013). Foreign aid remains a key source of support for such investments and it accounts for a substantial proportion of the GDP of many African countries.

Despite changes in product sales and profiles, Apple’s profit rates remained extraordinarily high at 22% for the first quarter of 2014 (Miller, 2014). , 2009). While such disparities in value capture/profits are unsurprising, the differences in operating margins and return on assets reveal the disproportionate and increasing power that lead ICT firms based in the US, Europe, and Japan hold over East Asian component manufacturers. 6%. , 2009). The often highly profitable nature of info-capital corporations mean they are able to fund not only extensive 16 africa’s information revolution advertising and corporate social responsibility campaigns, but also other “outreach” efforts.

In our study, the vast majority of firms are micro- or small in scale and many, ­particularly in Tanzania’s wood products industry, operate in the informal or unregistered sector and often with a single employee-owner. While the boundaries between the small, micro-, and medium-scale are somewhat arbitrary, the sampled firms are primarily African-owned enterprises that often serve as entrepreneurial actors in the South African and Tanzanian economies. ­ Chapter One ICT4D: The Making of a Neoliberalized Meta-discourse (with Bjoern Surborg) A little over a decade ago Africa was being written about by some ­commentators as a “lost” or “hopeless” continent (The Economist, 2000).

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