In our previous blog, we looked at the two broad policy approaches that developing countries could adopt to enhance their digital preparedness: an enabling approach and a digital catch-up approach. Linked to these two approaches are various policy instruments that can be used to steer the policy implementation process.
As a complement to our previous blog in which we looked at a range of policy instruments to support the enabling-market approach to digital policy formation, this blog delves into some of the instruments that developing countries can use when adopting a more interventionist policy approach – the ultimate goal being ‘digital catch-up’.
Having been one of the largest investors in Africa, South Africa has provided an entry point for investors outside of the continent, playing a dominant role in aiding investment across other African countries, promoting and providing economic growth, skills, capital and trade across the continent.
Well-designed, maintained and operated infrastructure is crucial in addressing Africa’s socio-economic development, growing population and rising urbanisation levels. According to 2017 data from the International Energy Agency, as many as 600 million people in Africa (approximately 60% of the continent’s total population) have no access to energy.
The GEGAfrica project has been funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.