Meeting the information challenge: exploring partnerships with Africa

Little, Stephen (2006). Meeting the information challenge: exploring partnerships with Africa. In: Grieco, Margaret; Colle, Royal and Ndulo, Muna eds. Meeting the Information Challenge: the Experience of Africa. Uxbridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 137–153.



Africa suffers from the disadvantages of marginality within the global technical system and a legacy of externally driven infrastructure. Developments in information and communication technologies now offer the chance to redress these but the technologies require skills and capacities which are scarce. The technologies themselves can be used to leverage existing resources so that the necessary skills can be developed. However this process needs to take account of African priorities and requirements if the current inequitable situation is not to be reproduced in a new global infrastructure. The key to this is a balance between external partnership and internal collaboration. The African diaspora offers a means of moderating such relationships.

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