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There is a dearth of knowledge on impediments to ICT penetration in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This study is intended to contribute to efforts designed to reverse this situation. Specifically, it analyzes directly-observed, archival and digital spatial data with a view to identifying major barriers to ICT in one sub-Saharan African (SSA) country, namely Cameroon. The qualitative study suggests that the lack of precise and unambiguous property identification and physical addressing systems constitutes a leading barrier to ICT. The intellectual merits of the study reside in its promise to add a new dimension to the discourse on ICT as a potentially viable tool for promoting development. Its broader impact can be appreciated in terms of its potential ability to shape policies affecting the built environment and socio-economic development in SSA. The experience of South Africa, where ICT already features prominently in development theory and practice, is heralded as a case worth emulating.
Keywords: Cameroon, communication, colonial spatial structures, developing countries, ICT, physical addressing system.
Njoh, A. (2010) ICT for Poverty Reduction in the Face of Spatial Ambiguity in Cameroon, Anthology of Abstracts of the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Africa, March 25-27, Yaoundé, Cameroon. Baton Rouge, LA: International Center for IT and Development.