8-Exploring Digital Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa

An intricate and multifaceted concept, digital sovereignty is gaining prominence within Sub-Saharan Africa’s digital landscape. This concept refers to the ability of nation-states to control and manage their digital infrastructures, data, and content. However, its interpretations vary because of diverse socio-political, cultural, economic, and historical circumstances. Established models, such as those in the Western World … Read more

7-Making a living on the move: bottom-up practices of digital entrepreneurship from African migrants and refugees

The introduction of digital technologies have shaped, transformed and restructured the life worlds of work and entrepreneurship over the last decades. Especially since the covid crisis, more and more people are working from home and the number of digital nomads, people working remotely using technology and the internet, has increased tremendously. Studies on these location-independent … Read more

6-Sustainable and equitable digitalisation and activisms

Since the Arab Spring in 2011 and the popular mobilizations in Egypt, Tunez and Morocco, cyber optimism has spread across Africa. It has been understood as a general confidence in ICTs, Internet networks and smart phone technologies as tools which can contribute to people’s collective action, protest and further democratization. Digital activism has also become … Read more

5-Business and trade in a digital key

In the context of Sub-Saharan Southern Africa, the digitization of businesses and trade emerges as a key factor in addressing challenges and leveraging opportunities in the region. Entrepreneurs, in particular, play a crucial role in this transformation by adopting digital technologies to enhance efficiency, expand their reach, and diversify their services. Women entrepreneurs are also … Read more

4-Mobile money and digital financial strategies

Financial inclusion, which refers to access and use of quality financial products and services, is essential for inclusive growth and poverty reduction. Individuals who have access to financial services find it easier to face certain common challenges of life and entrepreneurship. Households that have access to financial services are more inclined to invest in education … Read more

3-Digitalisation, cooperation and post-development

The rapid expansion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Sub-Saharan Africa is generating significant changes in the ways in which both States and citizens articulate democracy, shape society or reorganize the economy through through the creation, use and exchange of information and knowledge. These transformations, which materialize very differently depending on the country and … Read more

2-Inclusion and social and gender digital divide

Despite the rapid and important global advances in digitisation processes and the merits of social inclusion that this brings, especially in the more developed countries, Africa in general and particularly that situated south of the Sahara and more specifically for women in this geographical part, continues to face major challenges in terms of access to … Read more

1-Economies, digitalisation and empowerment

The symposium on “Economy, Digitalization, and  Empowerment” will provide a platform for the presentation and discussion of quality research in the social sciences and humanities on how digital technologies can be harnessed to aid African women in their strategies for economic empowerment. This forum is proposed to increase our current understanding of the transformative potential … Read more