Estimates of internet access for children

In Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania


The COVID-19 pandemic transformed internet connectivity from an important asset to an essential piece of infrastructure. Yet two thirds of the world’s school-aged children still have no fixed internet connection at home. This lack of connectivity limits their ability to go online; prevents them from participating and competing in the modern economy; and risks isolating them from the world.

This research brief presents new data on children’s internet access in five countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. It provides estimates of the frequency with which children use the internet and assesses the most common barriers they face. Finally, it explores the potential consequences of leaving these bottlenecks unaddressed.

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Daniel Kardefelt Winther; Moritz Büchi; Rogers Twesigye; Marium Saeed
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