Title: Cross-national policy learning on ICT policy implementation: case of Malawi

Authors: Frank Makoza; Wallace Chigona

Addresses: Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X, Rondebosch 7700, Cape Town, South Africa ' Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X, Rondebosch 7700, Cape Town, South Africa

Abstract: This paper presents an analysis of policy learning on the national ICT policy implementation between Malawi and Rwanda. The study used qualitative data from key informants and policy documents to highlight the exchange of knowledge between two African countries. The findings showed Malawi learnt from Rwanda on institutional arrangements and local human capacity development on the national ICT policy implementation. Institutional settings were important in establishing the roles of policy implementation agencies. Other lessons were about the need for political will and strengthening ICT investment partnerships. The study addresses part of the paucity of studies on policy learning in the context of developing countries.

Keywords: Malawi; national ICT policy; policy implementation; policy learning; cross-national learning; Rwanda; information and communications technology; information technology; human capital development; institutional settings; political will; investment partnerships; developing countries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2016.079244

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2016 Vol.16 No.3, pp.236 - 253

Received: 13 Jun 2015
Accepted: 21 Dec 2015

Published online: 21 Sep 2016 *

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