Shooting for the Moon: An Agenda to Bridge Africa’s Digital Divide

The Brookings Institution  
Policy Initiative: Sustainable Digital Economy
14. February 2020

Africa needs a digital transformation for faster economic growth and job creation. The World Bank estimates that reaching the African Union’s goal of universal and affordable internet coverage will increase GDP growth in Africa by 2 percentage points per year. Also, the probability of employment—regardless of education level—increases by 6.9 to 13.2 percent when fast internet becomes available, as it facilitates firm entry and boosts productivity and exports. As such, digital technologies offer a unique opportunity for African countries to significantly transform various sectors of their economies. However, this potential cannot be fulfilled unless Africa addresses its sizeable deficits in digital infrastructure.

The Brookings Institution | Shooting for the Moon: An Agenda to Bridge Africa’s Digital Divide

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