, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 86–92 | Cite as

Challenges and Opportunities of E-learning Networks in Africa

  • Allam Ahmed
  • Williams E Nwagwu


Allam Ahmed and Williams E. Nwagwu examine global networks for e-learning networks, with particular interest on the characteristics of the structures adopted by African countries to participate in the new educational strategy, and how these structures are moderated by Africa's peculiar social and political characteristics. They look at the challenges and opportunities that e-learning networks face in Africa, and then finally suggest how the challenges can be met, in addition to also how the opportunities can be utilized.


E-learning networks ICT education knowledge transfer digital divide strategies partnership 


  1. Ahmed, Allam (2004) ‘Making Technology Work for the Poor: Strategies and policies for African sustainable development’, International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management 4 (1): 1–17.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Arunachalam, Subbiah (2000) ‘Information and Knowledge in the Age of Electronic Communications: A developing country perspective’, in Wilhelm K (ed.) Debates on Issues of our Common Future, Weilerswist, Germany: Velbruck Wissenschaft.Google Scholar
  3. Association of African Universities (AAU) Quality Evaluation Guide.Google Scholar
  4. Beebe, Maria (2003) ‘Partnerships, Alliances and Networks for E-learning’, in Maria Beebe, Oyeyinka BO, Kouakpou KM and Rao M (eds.) AfricaDotEdu. IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa, New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill.Google Scholar
  5. Castells, Manuel (1998) End of Millennium, Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
  6. Cetto, Ana Maria (2001) ‘The Contribution of Electronic Communication to Science – Has it lived up to its promise? in Proceedings of the Second ICSU-UNESCO International Conference on Electronic Publishing in Science, UNESCO House, Paris, 20–23 February 2001.Google Scholar
  7. Gulati, Ranjay (1998) ‘Alliances and Networks’, Strategic Management Journal 19: 293–317.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Gomes-Casseres, Benjamin (1996) The Alliance Revolution. The new shape of business rivalry, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Hamel, Jacques L. (2005) ‘Knowledge for Sustainable Development in Africa Towards New Policy Initiatives’, World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development 2 (3): 217–229.Google Scholar
  10. Kinyanjui, Peter E. (1998) ‘Distance Education and Open Learning in Africa: What works or does not work’, EDI/World Bank Workshop on Teacher Education through Distance Learning held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 1998.Google Scholar
  11. MacLeod, Donald (2005) ‘Academics Fight to Break ‘Stranglehold’ on Journals’, The Guardian, 26 January.Google Scholar
  12. New Partnership for African Development NEPAD News, NEPAD Secretariat accessed 5 April 2005 from .Johannesburg, South Africa.
  13. NeTel@Africa Community-to-Community (C2C) Networks.Google Scholar
  14. Otite, M. (2002) ‘Partnering for Community Development. A study of selected communities in Delta State, PhD thesis submitted to the Department of Adult education, University of Ibadan.Google Scholar
  15. Reseau Africain de formation a distance (RASAFAD) ‘Diplome Universitaire de Communicateur Multimedia’.Google Scholar
  16. Starkey, Paul (1999) Networking for Development, International Forum for Rural Transport and Development accessed 21 April 2005 from, Washington, DC., US.Google Scholar
  17. The Economist (2005) The Real Digital Divide: Technology and development, London: The Economist Intelligence Unit.Google Scholar
  18. Thrift, Nigel (2002) ‘Think and Act Like Revolutionaries: Episodes from the global triumph of management discourse’, Critical Quarterly 44 (3): 19–26(8).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Vinay, K. and R. Saran (1998) ‘The Best Cities 1998’, Business Today, December 22, 1998, New Delhi, India: Living Media India Ltd.Google Scholar
  20. UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development (1998) Knowledge Societies: Information technology for sustainable development. Robin Mansell and Uta When (eds.), Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  21. Walsham, Geoff (2000) ‘IT/S in Developing Countries’, in Milan Zeleny (ed.), The Handbook of Information Technology in Business, London, UK: International Encyclopedia of Business Management, Thomson Learning, ISBN 1-86152-308-4.Google Scholar
  22. Weerawarana, Sanjiva and Jivaka Weeratunga (2004) Open Source in Developing Countries, The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), ISBN 91-586-8613-4, available at Scholar

Copyright information

© Society for International Development 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allam Ahmed
  • Williams E Nwagwu

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations