Challenging conventional views on mobile-telecommunications investment: Evidence from conflict zones

Agnieszka Konkel, Richard Heeks

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Huge amounts are being invested in information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones and their telecommunications infrastructure. Development agencies adopt a conventional view on the 'climate' needed to encourage such investment, believing particularly that good governance and security are required. We question this conventional view with a study of mobile telecommunications in three insecure states that score very badly in the World- wide Governance Indicators. Data are limited, but they suggest that insecurity and 'bad governance' may not be the barriers to investment that are normally supposed. Indeed, it is possible - at least for this type of digital technology - that they may encourage investment. © 2009 Oxfam GB.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-420
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


  • Conflict and reconstruction
  • Governance and public policy
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Technology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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