Development, capabilities and technology: an evaluative framework
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 (Refereed)
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ICT4D, capability approach, evaluation, framework, education
Research subject Informatics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-21419OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-21419DiVA: diva2:486303
IFIP WG9.4: 11th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries