ACCOUNTANTS AND ICT: BEYOND THE FIGURES FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGE
Keywords:International Cooperation, Livelihood, ICT Benefits
This paper fosters the importance and need of international cooperation for use & promotion of Information and Communication Technologies for economic change in Nigeria among professional accountants. The concept of “Information Society” has made it imperative that no country can develop without involving and focusing on regional and global development perspectives. Collaboration has become the key word. When we talk of integrated socio-economic change, it takes into account many areas which can benefit from faster access and enhanced productivities by using ICT. Some case studies on use of ICT for different initiatives within Nigeria are reviewed and conclusions drawn on how it does support the socio-economic change and development, which may be similar and bear lessons for other developing countries. The supply side of ICTs has increased substantially in Kenya. For example, the number of mobile phone subscribers has more than tripled over the past five years, while FM radio stations have proliferated all over the country. There has been a lot of enthusiasm on internet usage with the landing of three undersea fibre optic cables in Lagos and their subsequent operationalization. Marxs of mobile phone service providers and communication equipment now dot both the rural and urban landscapes, and advertisements for some form of ICTs are common on billboards along major highways and roads.
Aker, J. and Mbiti, I. (2010) ‘Mobile phones and economic development in Africa’, Journal of Economic Perspectives 24 (3): 207–32 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/jep.24.3.207>.
Balogun, J. (2000). Impact of GSM on economy and development. Paper presented at center for culture and technical interchange between East and West. Gwagwalada. Abuja.
Bhavani, A., Chu R.W-W., Janakiram, S., and Silarszky, P. (2008) The Role of Mobile Phones in Sustainable Rural Poverty Reduction, Washington, DC: World Bank, ICT Policy Division, Global Information and Communications Department http://Siteresources.Worldbank.Org/Extinformationandcommunicationandtechnologies/Resources
Carter, M.R. and Barrett, C. (2006) ‘The economics of poverty traps and persistent poverty: an asset-based approach’, Journal of Development Studies 42 (2): 178–99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220380500405261. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220380500405261
Dabla, A.(2004) “The role of IT Policies in promoting social and economic development: The case of the state of Andhra Pardesh, India,”, EJISDC 19, 5, 1-21
Donner, J. (2007) ‘Research approaches to mobile use in the developing world: a review of the literature’, The Information Society 24 (3): 140–59.http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01972240802019970. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01972240802019970
Donner, J. and Escobari, M. (2010) ‘A review of evidence on mobile use by micro and small enterprises in developing countries’, Journal of International Development 22 (5): 641–58 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.1717. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jid.1717
Hameed, T.(2008) ICT as an enabler of Socio-Economic Development Online available at: http://www.idrc.ca/IMAGES/ICT4D/PanAsia/PAN/chap4.html
Khalil, M., Dongier, P. and Qiang, C.Z.-W. (2009) ‘Overview’, in Information and Communications for Development. Extending Reach and Increasing Impact, Washington, DC: World Bank http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTIC4D/Resources/5870635-1242066347456/ IC4D_2009_Overview.pdf [accessed 5 September 2015].
Ndukwe, E. (2004). Welcome address delivered at the international telecommunication union/ economic commission for Africa validation workshop on universal access at Bolingo Hotel & Towers Abuja on Tuesday 28th Sept.
Ndukwe, E, (2010, February 16). Ndukwe lists measures for sustainability of telecom revolution. Daily Independent
Oji-Okoro, M. (2006). Mobile telephony and sustainable livelihoods in Nigeria: Case studies from south east Nigeria. In C.C.Iyoha (Ed.) Mobile telephony: leveraging strengths and opportunities for socioeconomic transformation in Nigeria (p.54). Lagos: Ezcell Communications Ltd.
Okoruwa, C. (2004, August 4). Three Years of GSM. The Guardian Newspaper, p.5.
Sridhar, K.S. and Sridhar, V. (2007) ‘Telecommunications infrastructure and economic growth: evidence from developing countries’, Applied Econometrics and International Development 7 (2): 37–61.
Tongia, R. ,Subrahmanian, E. and Arunachalam, V.(2005) “Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development , Defining a global research agenda, Bangalore, p.13
Ureta, S. (2005) ‘Variations on expenditure on communications in developing countries: a synthesis of the evidence from Albania, Mexico, Nepal and South Africa (2000–2003)’, London: London School of Economics, Media and Communications Department http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.104.9318&rep=rep1&type=pdf [accessed 20 September 2015].
Waverman, L., Meschi, M. and Fuss, M. (2005) ‘The impact of telecoms on economic growth in developing countries’, in Africa: The Impact of Mobile Phones, Vodafone Policy Paper Series No. 3, pp. 10–23 www.enlightenmenteconomics.com/assets/africamobile.pdf [accessed 20 September 2013
How to Cite
License and Copyright Agreement
In submitting the manuscript to the journal, the authors certify that:
- They are authorized by their co-authors to enter into these arrangements.
- The work described has not been formally published before, except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, thesis, or overlay journal.
- That it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- That its release has been approved by all the author(s) and by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – of the institutes where the work has been carried out.
- They secure the right to reproduce any material that has already been published or copyrighted elsewhere.
- They agree to the following license and copyright agreement.
Authors who publish with International Journal of Engineering Technologies and Management Research agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY-SA 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors can enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or edit it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) before and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
For More info, please visit CopyRight Section