A gender-based analysis of ICT adoption and usage in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Maleka, Mbombo Bruce Mokebe
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-03T06:04:40Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-03T06:04:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/12016
dc.description.abstract Ample evidence exists that suggests that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT’s) access and usage is structured along gender lines where social, economic, education barriers as well as attitudes impact negatively on female adoption and usage of ICT’s. Further, the ability to communicate and or own an ICT gadget is heavily reliant on disposable income and affordability (Hafkin, 2002). By investigating gender adoption and usage patterns of ICT’s, South Africa stands an opportunity to gather important data critical to circumvent possible negative aspects of gender difference in adoption and usage. According to Huyer, S., and Hafkin, N., (2007), “gender in relation to ICT use and access remains largely an uncharted domain” (Huyer & Hafkin, 2007, p.36). The report uses available ICT data covering between year 2005 to 2010 and the 2007 ICT access and usage survey data is the primary source for the key findings of the report. Key findings of the report suggest that no gender difference exists in adoption and usage of ICT’s in South Africa. However higher incomes, more advanced education, being young and living in an urban location increases adoption and usage. Thus, given the existing gender disparities in income and education and the location of a large proportion of the female population in rural areas, the analysis found that females are disadvantaged with respect to broad ICT access and usage beyond mobile voice communications. While ICT adoption cannot on its own address the broad challenges of socio-economic development, gender-based policy and regulation is necessary to unlock heightened ICT usage by women as a contributing factor to development. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Information and Communication technologies en_ZA
dc.subject ICT sector en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Women en_ZA
dc.subject Development en_ZA
dc.title A gender-based analysis of ICT adoption and usage in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA

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