Africa – How mobile phones contribute to the social and economic development

Everyone who knows me, knows I´m addicted to my BlackBerry. Okay I´m not as addicted as Galina described in her post; I would stop using my phone! Nevertheless I can´t imagine a world without a mobile phone. Could you?

This is when I thought about Africa. I mean these people are happy without Information and Communication Technologies, but then I googled “Africa phones” and I came across very interesting articles (1,2,3). According to London Business School an increase of 10 % in mobile phone sales can increase the GDP growth of developing countries by 0.6%. Have you ever thought that mobile phones could contribute that much to the economic growth?

Can ITCs really lead to such a progress in developing countries or would it be better to stick to the good old aid of providing food and medical care? Continue reading