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An Analysis of the role of ICTs to achieving the MDGs

Focusing on African countries, the objective of this paper is to carry-out an analysis of the key challenges and the uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote socio-economic development, and, in particular, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a specific focus on poverty alleviation, health, education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. It is however important to emphasis that the paper is not about evaluating the performance and the progress made by African countries towards the realization of the set of targets of the MDGs but rather on examining a possible link between the deployment and exploitation of ICTs within the economy and society of African countries and the achievement of these development goals – the MDGs.