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Development, capabilities and technology: an evaluative framework
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Inforamtik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries: Partners  for  Development  -­  ICT  Actors  and  Actions, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we present a framework to be used for evaluation of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) projects. The framework is based on Sen´s notion of development as freedom where human capabilities and functionings are seen as key aspects to development. Sen´s capability approach presents an alternative way of seeing and evaluating development (alternative to more traditional ways of measuring development). The approach is based on expanding freedoms, or eliminating unfreedoms, for people so that they can live a life that they have reason to value. Even though Sen is referenced a lot in ICT4D literature the analysis rarely goes further then stating that Sen presents an alternative to traditional ways of development. Reasons can be that the capability approach does not specifically mention technology, in addition to the lack of guidelines presented by Sen on how to use the framework. The aim of this paper is to operationalize the evaluation process and to include a clear role for technology in Sen´s capability framework. The framework is validated with a case on distance education from Bangladesh. 

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2011.
Keyword [en]
ICT4D, capability approach, evaluation, framework, education
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-21419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-21419DiVA: diva2:486303
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IFIP WG9.4: 11th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries
Available from: 2012-02-16 Created: 2012-01-30 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. The capability approach in ict4d research
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. 195 p.
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Örebro Studies in Business - Dissertations, 6Örebro Studies in Informatics
Keyword
ICT4D, the capability approach, development as freedom, education, ICT, development
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Informatics
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27673 (URN)978-91-7668-937-0 (ISBN)
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2013-06-04, Hörsal M, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-02-25 Created: 2013-02-25 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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