The Use of Digitalization (ICTs) in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

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The article examines the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). This link is conceptually and contextually analyzed in the global context whereby scholarly opinions and research works are discussed to substantiate the role that ICT can play in achieving SDGs. The article further examines the link in South Africa, using the country as a locus of the study. The article aims to find answers to the following research questions: How is ICT linked to all 17 SDGs? To what extent this link may accelerate SDGs’ implementation? What is the impact of ICT on accelerating SDGs? What are the challenges hampering the efficient utilization of ICT for SDGs’ implementation? The article uses a qualitative approach with desktop analysis to draw significant information. In addition, unobtrusive methods were applied, such as conceptual analysis and document analysis, to draw conclusions based on the findings. The findings confirm that despite ICT policies and infrastructure, the use and impact of ICT on SDGs is not always high. The article suggests that improvements are required at policy, institutional, department and individual levels. The suggestions can be applicable globally, based on the technological advancement and socio-economic development in country-specific contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalGlobal Journal of Emerging Market Economies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Agenda 2030
  • digital-divide
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • national development plan (NDP)
  • South Africa
  • sustainable development goals (SDGs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Business and International Management
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)


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