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Development of the ICT infrastructure in Africa positively affects economic growth

Source: Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD)


In 2008 the Worldbank conducted a study to expand the world’s knowledge of physical infrastructure in Africa in the scope of the project Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic. This study provides a baseline against which future improvements in infrastructure services can be measured.

A developed and efficient infrastructure is essential for the development and economic growth of a country. A present ICT-infrastructure has the potential to democratize the access to information, make new markets accessible and reduce transportation costs drastically. The development of the ICT-infrastructure in Africa is the basis for many advances and thus a major contribution to a sustained economic growth.

Thanks to the advancing development of the mobile phone network, in some countries of Sub-Saharan Africa more households have access to mobile phone services than to tab water. On the other hand in most of the considered countries, the access to the Internet is still limited to a small part of the society due to a lacking broadband infrastructure.

Summary of the AICD study (PDF - 765KB)

Sectoral snapshot - Information and Communication Technologies: A Boost for Growth (PDF 690KB)

AICD: Information and Communications Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Sector Review (PDF - 8MB)