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Digital Divide: How to connect those who are not connected? The case of the Arab region

Contributeurs/tricesAidini, Eirini
Directeurs/tricesSahakian, Marlyneorcid
Nombre de pages52 p.
Dénomination du masterMaster en standardisation, régulation et développement durable
Date de soutenance2023-07-10

Over the past years, connectivity has not ceased to charm the policy agendas of countries, global development agencies, and financial institutions (OECD, 2019). More and more money has and is intended to be invested and numerous resources are anticipated to reinforce and strengthen connectivity. Apart from the manifest advantages for those who enjoy access to the internet, the question remains: why is connectivity so fundamental? And if it is so essential, why are there areas that are still struggling to get connected?

In an increasingly interconnected world, digital connectivity plays a pivotal role in shaping economies, societies, and the overall development trajectory of nations. The Arab region, spanning across the Middle East and North Africa, has witnessed significant advancements in digital technology and connectivity in recent years. The transformative power of digital connectivity has the potential to revolutionize industries, empower individuals, bridge socio-economic gaps, and forward inclusive growth across the region. However, it is crucial to assess the current landscape of digital connectivity in the Arab region in order to identify existing challenges, gaps, and opportunities for further enhancement.

This paper explores the factors influencing connectivity and the barriers faced by individuals in accessing digital networks. The research employs a mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative and quantitative analysis, to examine the implications of affordability, digital literacy, and social barriers on connectivity. The study identifies the least connected countries based on these indicators and highlights their specific needs in addressing low connectivity. Furthermore, it reveals gaps in data pertaining to gender, age, and geographical disparities in digital connectivity across Arab countries. The findings presented in this paper serve as a valuable resource for developing effective strategies to bridge the digital divide. Through concrete examples and recommendations, this study contributes to the understanding of approaches aimed at promoting universal access to information and communication technologies (ICTs). Ultimately, this research underscores the significance of connectivity and proposes actionable interventions to enhance ICT access for socio-economic development. Policymakers and practitioners can utilize these insights to address connectivity challenges in the Arab region and beyond, fostering inclusive and sustainable progress.

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AIDINI, Eirini. Digital Divide: How to connect those who are not connected? The case of the Arab region. 2023.
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