Profile: Education

Enabling the Ecosystem

Nearly 60% of education organisations surveyed responded that access to the Internet is ‘essential’ for their work. Further, the rapid reduction in cost of devices, increasingly affordable bandwidth and development of local content are indications of a positive trend towards leveraging technology to support educational outcomes. But despite significant agreement that the Internet and Internet-enabled solutions could be powerful tools for learning, to date, evidence of scale and impact is limited because interventions d. Yet, noteable examples stand out. First, in tertiary education, virtual learning universities are exponentially expanding learning opportunities across the continent. Second, the rapid growth of mobile web and social networking has enabled a surge of access to information outside the classroom. What’s needed now are solutions that fully incorporate bandwidth, hardware, software, training – both student and teacher – , content and policies in order to deliver both impact and scale.

Impact intensity and potential of internet-enabled services in education

Education Scorecard

Internet-enabled solutions are extending access to information but delivering an impact on universal access to education requires a holistic approach including bandwidth, hardware, content and sufficient training for both students and teachers


Information management


Communications, awareness, marketing


Supply chain management


Service delivery




workforce development





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Heat mapping based on perceived sector need, perceived
national need and of current activity in the country.

Dalberg report sector intensity

Binu and Worldreader have turned feature phones into e-readers with access to over 1,000 books.

Product Results

Share of Binu respondents sharing their mobile for reading with…
Binu and Worldreader

In July 2012, page reads per month totaled 1.2 million in Ghana, 10.1 million in Nigeria with over 190 000 readers across Africa


With 75 000 enrolled students but physical capacity for just 16 000, Dakar University has helped address overcrowding by incorporating elearning in partnership with the African Virtual University

Dalberg report selected analysis
  • Education leaders and policymakers must integrate technology projects and policy into the broader transformation of service delivery and national education strategy.
  • Policymakers must continue to recognise the limitations of insufficient infrastructure conditions including affordable and sufficient quality bandwidth, electricity and ICT literacy
  • Innovators should seek out and emphasise local content.
  • Education leaders should look outside the classroom for solutions that will support access to educational information and resources:
Source: Dalberg analysis and interviews
Dalberg report considerations