CPRsouth 2018: Maputo, Mozambique
National governments, development practitioners, scholars and donors have not seen information and communication technologies (ICT) as ends in themselves. They have been seen as means to achieve development objectives such as elimination of extreme poverty, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and employment. Now that a majority of the World’s population has access to voice communication, attention has shifted to what people use ICT for beyond talking on the phone and the barriers that preclude them from making full use of the potential of ICT. This is why “After Access” is the theme of the 2018 conference.
After Access (AA) is also a major initiative funded by IDRC and partners, which is being implemented by DIRSI in Latin America, by LIRNEasia in South and Southeast Asia and by RIA in Africa. Nationwide sample surveys which adhere to a common methodology address critical questions of public policy relevant to the promotion and regulation of ICTs and their use in various “verticals” such as finance and commerce in the developing world. Not all the presentations neatly fit into the themes covered by AA, but engagement with the AA research is a central element of the conference.