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Conquering the digital divide: Botswana and South Korea digital divide status and interventions

Nonofo C. Sedimo, Kelvin J. Bwalya, Tanya du Plessis
SA Journal of Information Management | Vol 13, No 1 | a471 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v13i1.471 | © 2011 Nonofo C. Sedimo, Kelvin J. Bwalya, Tanya du Plessis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 January 2011 | Published: 08 November 2011

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Nonofo C. Sedimo, University of Botswana, Botswana
Kelvin J. Bwalya, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Tanya du Plessis, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Background: Botswana is putting in place initiatives towards establishing itself as a knowledgebased economy. Transformation from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy is partly hinged on innovation, research and development capability, knowledge channels, and the funding of research and development activities.

Objectives: Bridging the digital divide and narrowing the intra-national divide brings about global information and communication technology (ICT) usage that translates into changing work patterns and eventually transformed economies. This article outlines the different interventions implemented in Botswana to bridge the divide. The South Korean experience in bridging the divide is discussed so as to serve as lessons on how to effectively bridge the divide to Botswana’s initiatives.

Method: Using a mix of exploratory and empirical study, this article presents the findings on the status of ICT uptake in Botswana and investigates the level of the digital divide in the country.

Results: The results of the study show that the digital divide is much more evident in Botswana than in South Korea. South Korea has put in place robust strategic initiatives towards reducing the digital divide and this has largely transcended into its transformation into a full-fledged knowledge society.

Conclusion: This article is timely as it unearths the different pointers that may be utilised in policy formation and what interventions need to be taken at both the individual and national level to bridge the digital divide.


Digital divide; knowledge-based economy; e-government


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