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Mobile Technologies Impact on Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Technologies Impact on Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Author(s): Adam Crossan (Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland), Nigel McKelvey (Computer Science Department, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland) and Kevin Curran (Ulster University, UK)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 7
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch540

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Abstract

Mobile technology today is increasingly being used to help improve under developed and developing areas such as sub Saharan Africa. With the statistics showing the number of adults in Africa owning mobile devices steadily increasing, mobile technology has been a popular area of interest to use to help improve areas such as healthcare and education throughout African cities and rural areas. The purpose of this study was to examine the different ways mobile technology was being used to help the residents of sub-Saharan Africa in the sectors of health care and education, and examine the possible ethical effects these technologies could be having. The study concludes that while the mobile technology can be implemented to help better the standard of health and education, it is mainly focused on urban areas and contributing to a poverty imbalance between urban and rural Africa.

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