ASC-seminar: Futures of Technology in Africa

Futures of Technology in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing a period of rapid technological change. The mobile phone is the first infrastructure that has affordably and reliably reached all corners of the continent, and data and money transfer networks are piggy-backing on this development. But fundamental changes are also taking place in other technology-intensive sectors including energy, transport infrastructure and agriculture. These changes will fundamentally affect the activities of businesses, governments, academics and NGOs. Technology will be an enabler for more efficient markets, for spreading and collecting information, for trading and for accountability. However, not all the changes will be positive and the same technology is likely to have disruptive effects as well.

In this seminar, Jasper Grosskurth will present the findings of a three-year project on the ‘Futures of Technology in Africa’ and discuss their implications for other Africa-related research. His research project is based on visits to six African countries, interviews on location, a number of participatory workshops and a wide network of experts.

‘Futures of Technology in Africa’, Jasper Grosskurth, STT publishers (2010) is available  as a free download at

Date:  Thursday 19 May 2011
Time: 15.30-17.00
Place: Room 3A06, Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden.
Speaker: Dr Jasper Grosskurth, Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek
Discussant: Dr Jan-Bart Gewald, African Studies Centre

You are kindly requested to register for this seminar.

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