Bridging Kenya’s Digital Divide: Context, Barriers and Strategies

DPH Working Paper

May 9, 2024

Access to digital technologies in Kenya has grown significantly in recent years, although disparities persist in availability and affordability of digital technology and digital literacy. Urban areas exhibit higher digital literacy levels and adoption of digital technology, while rural and marginalized communities lag behind. Limited availability of digital equipment at all levels of education hinders digital literacy and skills development. Digital literacy programs in schools and communities, infrastructure investments, low-cost satellite internet and public-private partnerships are critical to accelerating digital engagement in Kenya. Kenya’s digital divide is driven by infrastructure issues, high costs, digital illiteracy and cultural norms. Progressive policies should encourage equitable access by lowering taxes and tariffs.

About the Author

Frederick (Fred) Okello is a master’s student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Digital Policy Hub fellow. His research focuses on "Technology for Development" as a tool for reducing poverty, digital and energy inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa.