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Are ICT investments paying off in Africa? An analysis of total factor productivity in six West African countries from 1995 to 2002

Bollou, Felix and Ngwenyama, Ojelanki 2008, Are ICT investments paying off in Africa? An analysis of total factor productivity in six West African countries from 1995 to 2002, Information technology for development, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 294-307, doi: 10.1002/itdj.20089.

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Title Are ICT investments paying off in Africa? An analysis of total factor productivity in six West African countries from 1995 to 2002
Author(s) Bollou, Felix
Ngwenyama, Ojelanki
Journal name Information technology for development
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Start page 294
End page 307
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0268-1102
1554-0170
Summary In the past two decades, we have seen increasing debate about information and communication technology (ICT) as an engine of growth that could lift developing nations out of poverty. Many African nations have implemented market liberalization and invested huge sums of money into their ICT sectors. But few studies have been conducted to assess the effectiveness of these investments. Demonstrating ICT sector performance is especially important because of challenges of the development of ICT policy and the United Nations agencies inability to state firmly if there are benefits to these investments. In this article, we investigated the total factor productivity (TFP) of the ICT sectors in six West African countries from 1995 to 2002. While the findings demonstrate positive growth in TFP, there is cause for concern. TFP growth in the ICT sector has been declining, and these countries are not yet able to take advantage of scale efficiencies. Careful attention must be given to future ICT investment strategies and performance management of existing ICT infrastructure if continued growth is to be achieved.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/itdj.20089
Field of Research 080607 Information Engineering and Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2008, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091453

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