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Ghana’s ICT4AD policy: between policy and reality

Kennedy Kumangkem Kubuga (Department of Computer Science, Tamale Technical University, Tamale, Ghana)
Daniel Azerikatoa Ayoung (Department of Liberal studies, Bolgatanga Technical University, Bolgatanga, Ghana)
Stephen Bekoe (Research and Development Division, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Accra, Ghana)

Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance

ISSN: 2398-5038

Article publication date: 16 June 2021

Issue publication date: 12 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Nearly at the end of its lifespan, the Ghana ICT4AD policy is in a position for a holistic view, especially through the eyes of the intended beneficiaries. This paper aims to fill that gap. The paper measures the gap between what was intended and what has been realised and, based on that, makes recommendations for stakeholders.

Design/methodology/approach

The research used the design reality gap analysis approach to numerically examine the deviation or otherwise of the ideals of the Ghana ICT4AD policy from or to the reality on the ground. It required the breaking down of the problem into dimensions and subdimensions and involved interviewing office holders, academics, practitioners and students over a three-year period. The recommendations include a review of the policy before it expires and an explicit designation of an agency responsible for coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the various stages of the policy.

Findings

The chief finding is that Ghana’s ICT4AD policy might miss the targets totally, or might well be a partial failure unless action is taken to close the design–reality gaps identified by the research. As the policy is almost at the end of its lifespan, recommendations are even more useful when the recommended revision takes place.

Research limitations/implications

The major limitation of the is that it looks only at the implementation success or failure without a probe into the causal factors and/or the impact on society.

Practical implications

The policy runs full term at end 2022, with large gaps between the plans of the framers and the reality on the ground. An immediate revision of the policy is most recommended.

Originality/value

Besides this study, the authors have not come across any such comprehensive study of the Ghana ICT4AD policy, especially with the amount of data now available after two decades. There is a similarity with a Pakistani study, which has been acknowledged in this study, but the two works differ greatly in methodology, context and style.

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Citation

Kubuga, K.K., Ayoung, D.A. and Bekoe, S. (2021), "Ghana’s ICT4AD policy: between policy and reality", Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 132-153. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-02-2020-0020

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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