In 2019, 53.6% of the global population had access to the Internet. That means that 46.4% of the population – 3.6 billion people – are still unconnected. Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).

Individuals using the Internet 2005-2019

While access to the Internet has grown tremendously since 2005, there is still much more to be done to connect the unconnected. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 shows a large disparity between countries in regard to access to the Internet: Over 80% of the population in developed countries is online compared to 45% in developing countries and 20% in the least developed countries.

Mr Jacob Odame-Baiden

Project Manager, Digital Africa Hub

Mr Jacob Odame-Baiden is a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana. He has vast experience in technology project management and ICT for Development and has worked in technology consulting and telecommunication sectors in Ghana and other African countries.

A curator of issues related to technology access on the Digital Watch observatory, Jacob provides regular updates of on Internet governance development from the Africa region.  He holds a Master’s in Communication Technology Policy from Ohio University, USA; an LLB Law degree from the University of London; and a BA in Computer Science and Economics (Dual major) from the University of Ghana. His areas of interests include access and legal issues in Internet governance. 

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