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Participation in ICT interventions for development: who and how?
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science.
Department of Information Systems, University of Agder, Kristiansand.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of participatory development (PD) in the context of ICT for development (ICT4D) is to empower the underprivileged communities and the disadvantaged segment of the stakeholders. The literature in ICT4D is replete with empirical evidence that shows how ICT interventions often fail because they are initiated from outside with no involvement from the affected (Heeks, 2002). Clearly, principles and concepts from PD are relevant in ICT4D arena. However, we should not consider PD as a panacea, but need to understand the caveats and the process by which PD happens. Questions such as; what are the various challenges in PD, who are the relevant stakeholders, why and how do the actors enroll in the project, and how do we create sustainable ICT4D projects through PD need attention. To understand this research quest, we present a case analysis of a project in Nepal called Nepal Wireless Networking Project (NWNP). Drawing on our findings and the specific initiatives that it enabled – telemedicine, education and jobs – we propose that the key participants are activist actors and the affected, and that the activists draw upon existing social capital to enroll the affected through a process explained by ANT. In the process, they build other forms of social capital, which in turn extend the benefits of PD to several mountain villages.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-30817Local ID: 4c5ffe6d-051d-4d43-a201-413ce754ce93OAI: diva2:1004046
International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries : 20/05/2015 - 22/05/2015
Godkänd; 2015; 20150305 (devtha)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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