Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa

Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa

Lloyd G. Adu Amoah (Ashesi University, Ghana & Strategy3, Ghana)
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Release Date: March, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 336|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5844-8
ISBN13: 9781466658448|ISBN10: 1466658444|EISBN13: 9781466658455
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In a world that is essentially digitizing, some have argued that the idea of the knowledge society holds the greatest promise for Africa’s rapid socio-economic transformation.

Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa aims to catalyze thinking and provide relevant information on the complex ways in which the information age is shaping Africa and the implications that this will have for the continent and the world. This premier reference volume will provide policy analysts, policymakers, academics, and researchers with fresh insights into the key empirical and theoretical matters framing Africa's ongoing digitization.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Africa’s Tourism Sector and ICTs
  • Anti-Trust Laws and Telecommunications in Africa
  • Global and Regional Intellectual Property Rights
  • ICTs and African Politics
  • Knowledge Society from the African Perspective
  • Political-Economy of Analog-Digital Transition
  • Public Policy Formation and ICTs
  • Robotics Education
  • Technology Strategy and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Telecommunications Chambers in Africa

Reviews and Testimonials

Political scientists and economists look at the impact of the knowledge society on Africa through the lenses of theoretical considerations, policy and Africa's knowledge society, prescriptions for building Africa's knowledge society, and benchmarks. Their topics include the opposite of a knowledge society, whether communications technology makes African politics more competitive, 10 fundamental pillars for creating a knowledge society for economic and social growth in Africa, knowledge sharing between local government and rural remote communities in Tanzania, and case studies of Korea's and Kenya's mobile banking sector.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Lloyd G. Adu Amoah is an assistant professor at Ashesi University College (Berekuso, Ghana). An alumnus of the University of Ghana, Legon, Lloyd holds a Ph.D (Public Policy Analysis) from one of China’s most prestigious universities, Wuhan University, and speaks Mandarin. He has also travelled extensively through China. Lloyd had a stint working in government at the Ghanaian Office of the President. His research interests, which are diverse and multi-disciplinary, focus on public policy formation and development in developing polities; Africa-BRICS relations; public administration and philosophy, e-governance, and ICT policy in developing countries; and the political-economy of urbanization in developing polities, among others. Lloyd’s work has appeared in Administrative Theory and Praxis Journal, Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Journal of African Affairs, and the Ghana Policy Journal, among others. A freelance journalist and photographer, he has published and provided commentary on a variety of contemporary issues in the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC)Focus on Africaa magazine, Jeune Afrique’s The Africa Report, Third World Network’s African Agenda magazine, Business World magazine, and other local and international publications. Lloyd’s views have also been sought by the BBC World Service (World Today, Newsday, Network Africa, and Mandarin Service), Japan Broadcasting Corp., and other local and international media outlets. His recent works include “Public Policy Formation in Africa in the Wake of the Global financial Meltdown: Building Blocks for a New Mind in a Multi-Polar World,” in Dietz. T. et al. (eds.) African Engagements: Africa Engaging an Emerging Multipolar World (Brill 2011), “Constructing a New Public Administration in Africa: Reflections on Philosophical Clarity and the Process-Orientation Turn” (Administrative Theory and Praxis, 2012), and “Grey Hair, Grey Matter and ICT Policy in the Global South: The Ghana Case” in Mohammed Ehsan et al. (eds.)From Government to E-Governance: Public Administration in the Digital Age (IGI Global, 2013). Dr. Amoah is a fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS), Accra, Ghana, and the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands. He recently completed his postdoctoral at the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden.