Digital Technologies and African Societies

Challenges and Opportunities

Volume 1 - Africa Digital Age SET Coordinated by Jean-Paul Bourrières

Digital Technologies and African Societies

Edited by

Julien Atchoua, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire
Jean-Jacques Bogui, Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire
Saikou Diallo, Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center, USA

ISBN : 9781786304513

Publication Date : November 2020

Hardcover 246 pp

165.00 USD



Despite a persistent digital divide, the integration and use of information and communication technology (ICT) in African countries is becoming increasingly apparent in various sectors of activity (banking, education, trade, etc.). The increase in ICT raises major questions about the role of digital technology in Africa’s development.

The adoption and appropriation of digital technologies, by Africans, is presented as an important issue for the development of the continent in numerous speeches given by politicians and institutions involved in international cooperation and development.

Digital Technologies and African Societies presents reflections on various themes such as social media and the public space, the challenges of the digital economy and the place of ICTs in the modernization of higher education, digital technology, and human development in Africa.


Part 1. Social Media and the Public Space in Africa
1. Civil Society in the Consolidation Process of Democracy in Burkina Faso: Balai Citoyen on Facebook, Marcel Bagaré.
2. Social Networks, New Barometers of Political Action in Côte d’Ivoire, Raymond Kouassi Kra.
3. Mobilization for Collective Action: The Contribution of Digital Social Networks to Political Engagement, Gbati Napo.
4. Social Media Challenges in Citizen Participation in Africa, Oulaï Honoré Kahi.
5. Medialism in the Societal Space of John Updike, Olivier Koffi Koffi.

Part 2. Issues Linked to the Digital Economy in Africa
6. “Je suis au bara” or the Deviant Use of the Internet among Abidjan’s Scammers, Ettien Franck Stéphane Adou and Mahesse Stéphanie Kolé.
7. Money Transfers via Mobile Phones and Contributions to the Socio-Economic Well-Being of Populations in Africa, Évariste Dakouré.
8. Geographic Concentration of Monetary Activities and Spatial Dispersion induced by Digital Technology in Côte d’Ivoire, Alain François Loukou.

Part 3. Digital Technologies and Human Development
9. Digital Technology, “Smart City” and Video Surveillance in Côte d’Ivoire, Julien Atchoua and Jean-Jacques Bogui.
10. The Integration of ICT in Higher Education in Senegal, Ousmane Sall, Mouhamadou S. Diallo, Insa Badji, Moustapha Cissé, Abdoulaye Sy and Marie Ndiaye.
11. Connected Objects in Africa: The Case of Telemedicine with Genesis Telecare in Cameroon, Gilbert Toppé.

About the authors/editors

Julien Atchoua is a psychologist and teacher-researcher in Political Communication at Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire. He is also Director at the Centre d’études et de recherches en communication (CERCOM).

Jean-Jacques Bogui is teacher-researcher in Communications and a member of CERCOM.

Saikou Diallo is Research Director at Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center, USA. He also teaches modelling and simulation at Old Dominion University, USA.