Vol 36 (2009)

Volume 36 is a regular volume with 8 papers.

The first paper, by Kamel, Rateb and El-Tawil, addresses the recent efforts that were exerted in Egypt, as an emerging economy, in terms of building its ICT sector while analyzing the associated investments and their impact on economic development.

In the second paper, Rashid and Elder analyse the impact of IDRC supported projects in mobile telephony, summarising and critically assessing the key findings and suggestion directions for future research.

In the third paper, Duncan, Kuma and Primpong document the impact of open pit mining on land use in Ghana, noting rural-urban migration and a stabilisation in land use.

In the fourth paper, Bailey considers the social sustainability of telecentres in Jamaica, drawing on data from an analysis of 16 such telecentres and interviews with a variety of stakeholders. The key role of telecentre staff in enhancing participation is identified, while the capabilities of the telecentre need to be grounded in the social context if they are to be sustainable.

In the fifth paper, Zilber and Nohara present an overview of the academic debate about mass customization with the objective of describing how the MC strategy was introduced in a Brazilian company in the household appliance sector. The specific context of the study was the launch of a totally customized product, to be sold on the Internet to consumers with high purchasing power, with the strategic use of IT.

In the sixth paper, Fong evaluates the development relationship between the adoption rate of ICTs and per capita income gap between the urban and rural areas in China, primarily between 1985 and 2006. Results suggest a strong correlation between income gap and Internet adoption. The paper also investigates a) the affordability of these technologies for the rural population and b) the educational level of rural users, and the impacts of these two factors onusage capability.

In the seventh paper, Chigona, Beukes, Vally and Tanner ask if mobile Internet can help to alleviate social exclusion in developing countries. They find that the impact of mobile internet is low mainly because internet-capable cell phones are still beyond the reach of the socially excluded and because of limited awareness of what mobile internet is and what it can achieve.

In the last paper, Kundi and Shah review the threats and opportunities of IT adoption for eBusiness in Pakistan. They find that though the current conditions are not yet promising for eBusiness, growing interest of the private sector through viable investment and gradual improvement in infrastructure indicates more opportunities than threats for eBusiness in Pakistan.

Table of Contents

In this Volume, the downloads# is the total number of downloads since publication.


The Impact of ICT Investments on Economic Development in Egypt PDF
Sherif H Kamel, Dina Rateb, Mohamed El-Tawil # of downloads: 22477

Mobile Phones and Development: An Analysis of IDRC-Supported Projects PDF
Ahmed Tareq Rashid, Laurent Elder # of downloads: 41788

Open Pit Mining and Land Use Changes: An Example from Bogosu-Prestea Area, South West Ghana PDF
Edward Eric Duncan, Jerry Samuel Kuma, Seth Frimpong # of downloads: 5187

Issues Affecting the Social Sustainability of Telecentres in Developing Contexts: A Field Study of Sixteen Telecentres in Jamaica PDF
Arlene Bailey # of downloads: 10649

Mass Customization and Strategic Benefits: A Case Study in Brazil PDF
Silvia Novaes Zilber, Jouliana Nohara # of downloads: 11025

Digital Divide Between Urban and Rural Regions in China PDF
Michelle W. L. Fong # of downloads: 7197

Can Mobile Internet Help Alleviate Social Exclusion in Developing Countries? PDF
Wallace Chigona, Darry Beukes, Junaid Vally, Maureen Tanner # of downloads: 13124

IT in Pakistan: Threats & opportunities for eBusiness PDF
Ghulam M Kundi, Bahadar Shah # of downloads: 13166

The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
ISSN: 1681-4835 www.ejisdc.org