The Digital Infrastructure Divide in the Commonwealth
Keywords:digital infrastructure, economic development, digital economy, COVID-19, Commonwealth
This paper assesses infrastructure using various parameters including access, affordability and performance. It considers the hard/soft infrastructure divide, which includes literacy as a human capital investment in the digital economy. Furthermore, it assesses the gender digital divide in relation to digital infrastructure for sustainable and inclusive development. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of sound digital infrastructure for economic sustainability in Commonwealth member countries. It has also resulted in a major digital infrastructure divide that has affected economic activities across the Commonwealth.
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