This technical document performs a spatial analysis of Mozambique’s Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) policy framework to assess the impact of local government-level ICT on the poor. Given the socio-economic importance of Mozambique’s coastal cities and their susceptibility to regular climate hazards, the country’s ICT policy framework is evaluated by analyzing the efficacy of the aforementioned ICT tools along a dimension that disproportionately affects the poor more, namely vulnerability to flooding – a reality worsening each year due to the effects of climate change. The objective of conducting this case study on Mozambique is to uncover the pattern of municipal ICT impact that may exist in other low-capacity countries with analogous political economy structures in relation to leveraging ICT in public sectors. The study concludes by suggesting measures to link the continent’s ICT boom in citizen-based mobile telephony and internet usage with the rapid rise of public sector ICT phenomena as a promising means to plug service delivery gaps.

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Organization: WB

Topics: Economic and Development Planning, Technology, Risk Reduction/Management, Governance – Territorial and Local, Policy Instruments

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2012

Language: English