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Title:ICT4D and the Siyakhula living lab: an anthropological contribution to digital development
Author:Palmer, RobinISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-0144)
Volume:33
Issue:1-2
Pages:19-32
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:information technology
rural development
anthropological research
Abstract:If 'development' (as opposed to modernization) is about agency and empowerment for those who currently lack it, then there is development potential in the newest ICTs. Informatics professionals and elements of the 'development community' reaching as high as the World Bank and the United Nations (Millennium Development Goals) regard ICT4D (ICTs for development) as a potential redeemer of half a century of mostly failed interventions on behalf of the world's poor. But how feasible is ICT4D? How is it being received and what are its direct and indirect impacts? This paper is the outcome of four years of engagement with an ICT4D research project founded in Dwesa-Cwebe, a remote and underdeveloped area on the Wild Coast of South Africa's Eastern Cape. It assesses not only the potential and snags of ICT as a development tool, but also, via a baseline research project completed in 2008, provides a sense of the setting, the needs of the community and the potential of the 'living lab' approach to ICT4D. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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