Issues in the global-south, by the global-south, for the global-south

In order for ICT4D to have an impact in the global south, it has to be viewed from a domain perspective first – e.g. health, government, migration, finance, etc. In this context, the domain and all its complexities define and determine the implementation and success of ICT4D projects. A social development problem is not a technology problem, but rather a domain problem. Addressing the domain challenges in conjunction with technology as only a fraction of the solution is fundamental.

Domain challenges consist of wicked problems, emanating from a variety of issues related to context, practices, policies, rules, and stakeholders. Therefore, ICT4D researchers and practitioners need to use transdisciplinary approaches – beyond Information Systems, Computer Science, or social development studies – when applying ICT in socio-economic development and to the global south context. As one adopts this approach, the complexities that define a domain’s context, practices, and policies begin to reshape the meaning and application of ICT4D in the global south.

In order for ICT4D to have an impact in the global south, domain challenges need to be addressed – with technology as only a fraction of the solution. Share on Twitter
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Caroline Khene
Associate Professor at Rhodes University | Website