Enhancing ICT for Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 118(May), pp. 44-54 (April, 2017)

25 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2016 Last revised: 10 Apr 2017

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Sara le Roux

Oxford Brookes University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 17, 2016

Abstract

This study assesses if increasing information and communication technology (ICT) enhances inclusive human development in a sample of 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 2000-2012. The empirical evidence present in this study, is based on instrumental variable Tobit regressions, in order to account for simultaneity and the limited range in the dependent variable. In the interest of increasing room for policy implications and controlling for the unobserved heterogeneity, the analysis is decomposed into the fundamental characteristics that human development based on: income levels, legal origins, religious denominations, political stability, landlockedness and resource-wealth. Our findings show that policies designed to boost ICT (mobile phone, internet, telephone) penetration will increase inclusive development in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The degree of positive responsiveness of inclusive development to ICT varies across fundamental characteristics of human development and ICT dynamics. The study has substantial policy relevance because the adoption and/or penetration rate of ICT can be influenced by policy to achieve inclusive development outcomes. Further policy implications are also discussed.

Keywords: ICT; Inclusive human development; Africa

JEL Classification: G20; I10; I32; O40; O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and le Roux, Sara, Enhancing ICT for Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (August 17, 2016). Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 118(May), pp. 44-54 (April, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2825023 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2825023

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

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Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Sara Le Roux

Oxford Brookes University - Department of Economics ( email )

Oxford Brookes Business School
Headington Campus
Oxford, OX3 0BP
United Kingdom

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