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Waverman et al (2005), Lee et al (2009) and Qiang (2009) and said that these have alldemonstrated that there is a clear connection between mobiles and economic growth as wellas a general social change.A case in point is Kenya’s economic development indicators in the recent edition of KenyaEconomic Update (December 2010)(3rded). In this particular report, ICTs especially in theform of investments in mobile phones, subscription and use of them is said to have grown toan average of 20% per annum, between 1999-2009. The report estimates that mobileownership is at a tipping point of 1 to 1 adult, in 2010, up from 1 to 1000 adults in 1999,while internet usage rate for 2010 is around 4 per 10 adults. Furthermore, person-to-personmobile money transactions at the end of 2010 were around 20% of GDP. Mobile phone hascreated a culture of electronic transaction in Kenya with about 15 million adults (2 out ofevery 3) on record of actively accessing mobile money.So like I have stated elsewhere in this document, it is not which tools are available or not butwhat the people use these tools for that matters.3.2.2. CONCLUSION:It is about time Ghana sought diverse ways of applying its relatively huge mobile subscriptionbase in order to help benefit its social strata, the economy and the political system for overalldevelopment. With over 21 million mobile phone users in Ghana I believe that an initiative toconduct vital registration and campaigning using mobile phones could be very effective andsuccessful at less government cost. This may start in a very small way. But at the tipping pointits impact could be significantly rated high percentages among the country’s socioeconomicdevelopment indicators.CHAPTER 4: METHODOLOGY4.0.Introduction:A method is the way, rather than means, by which a target is reached or a vision advanced.My epistemological considerations towards exploring the role of ICTs in the Ghanaian vitalregistration system (VRS) suggested a participatory study to arrive at the set goal. For this
39reason I employed observation and discursive method approaches intended to gatherqualitative data for analysis. In the words of Samy Tayie (2005) “Science is empirical”explaining that researchers are more interested in a knowable and potentially measureableworld. The word “empiricism” is derived from Latin “empiricus” and Greek “empeirikos” bothmeaning “experience” or “observation” through the senses: i.e. seeing, touching, smelling,hearing, etc. In effect, this combined approaches helped to gather mainlyPrimarydata,while online materials and consultation of archives and databases offered secondary datawhich overlap to complement each other for healthy analysis in this research work. (SeeFIGURE 4.1 below).FIGURE 4.1(converging arrows showing Primary-secondary-data-overlap complementing eachother for research analysis).

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