Digital Workers in the Global South. Challenges of Inclusion of Digital Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa


Term Paper, 2023

12 Pages, Grade: 1,0


Abstract or Introduction

African governments are struggling with enormous unemployment, especially among young people, and poverty. The non-digital labor market does not offer enough employment opportunities for the high number of people who enter the labor market. However, many hurdles are encountered when attempting to seize this opportunity and enable potential digital workers
to work in the digital space. This paper aims to promote understanding of issues related to the digital divide, gender digital divide, geographical dispersion of digital work, and adverse digital inclusion.

First, the lack of access to ICT is discussed, especially for those living in Sub-Saharan Africa where digital infrastructure is inadequate. It then analyzes the geographic distribution of digital work and examines how this could negatively impact African digital workers and encourage exploitation. In addition, it is discussed that there are also problems with the integration of people into the digital world of work since digital companies benefit from a lack of regulatory framework for digital workers in Sub Saharan Africa and therefore use predatory practices. It is argued that inclusion is not a panacea against poverty as wages for digital workers are particularly low in Sub-Saharan Africa. Both aspects – the digital divide and adverse digital inclusion – are analyzed from a gender perspective. This paper attempts to shed light on inequalities arising from unequal access to digital technology and inequality arising from inclusion in the digital labor market. It ends with a proposal of possible solutions and political implications.

Details

Title
Digital Workers in the Global South. Challenges of Inclusion of Digital Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa
College
University of Cologne
Course
Digitalization, Smart Manufacturing, and ‘Smart’ Regions
Grade
1,0
Author
Year
2023
Pages
12
Catalog Number
V1437584
ISBN (eBook)
9783346991348
ISBN (Book)
9783346991355
Language
English
Keywords
Digitalisierung, Digitalization, Digital Workers, Global South, Smart City, Smart Regions, Digital Divide, Gender Divide, inequality, exclusion, digital labor market
Quote paper
Anna Semucyowera (Author), 2023, Digital Workers in the Global South. Challenges of Inclusion of Digital Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1437584

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