News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 83 on 26 October 2001

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AFRICAN e-STRATEGIES - THE TRICKY TASK OF TURNING PAPER INTO ACTION

26 October 2001

e-Readiness assessments and e-strategies seem to be all the rage at the moment. In an understandable desire to try and understand the impact of ICT on their countries, African governments (and their external funders) commission these documents to help provide a focus for action. Sadly all too often these studies are long on aspirations and short on implementation and action. The more complicated task of knitting together active initiators of a strategy in government, the private sector and civil society is sometimes overlooked or avoided. Margareet Visser of Durban-based Bridges.org provides an overview of a field littered with forgotten studies.…