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Scirj Volume IV, Issue VI, June 2016 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

The Impact of ICT access on the Economic Development in Kenya: The case of Women in Kitale Municipality

Christine Gatwiri Gakure, Maurice M.Sakwa, Waweru Mwangi

Abstract: The background of this study was the gender digital divide which is the increasing access gap to ICTs among women as ICTs are increasingly becoming a key driver for development in developing countries. The aim of this study was to measure ICTs use and access among women in Kitale Municipality and the effects of ICT accessibility on women’s participation in development in Kitale Municipality. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design and a random stratified sampling technique to select the total number of respondents in this study which was three hundred and ninety (390). Data collection instrument was a structured questionnaire. Data analysis was through descriptive statistics and logit regression model. Study results indicated that access to ICT by women was significant in explaining use of ICT for participation in development. The results indicated that increase in accessibility of ICT reduced the log odds for use of ICTs for participation in development by women. The study has implications for the Kenyan ICT Master plan launched in April 2014 to ensure equitable and non-discriminate access to ICTs across urban and rural areas, and gender lines.

Reference this Paper: The Impact of ICT access on the Economic Development in Kenya: The case of Women in Kitale Municipality by Christine Gatwiri Gakure, Maurice M.Sakwa, Waweru Mwangi published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume IV, Issue VI, June 2016 Edition, Page 19-30 ".

Search Terms: Accessibility, digital divide, development, economic, political, social

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