Digital Development: Elements of a Critical ICT4D Theory and Praxis

Anna Bon*, Hans Akkermans

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Abstract

In recent years, critical research literature in ICT4D has grown. It is widely accepted that theory is to inform practice. However, the inverse directionality, practice informs theory, is much less present in ICT4D, including in critical research. In this paper, we discuss ways how ICT4D research and theory may be better informed by practice—in terms of (i) recognizing praxis-oriented research paradigms and integrating their results, (ii) development of foundational theories, (iii) critical analysis of ICT4D emerging policies, and (iv) positioning ICT4D in the wider development debate. This suggests several elements or directions in which critical research has the potential to push current boundaries of ICT4D in terms of content as well as relevance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation and Communication Technologies for Development
Subtitle of host publicationStrengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D : 15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Proceedings
EditorsHonest Christopher Kimaro, Petter Nielsen
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages26-38
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030191153
ISBN (Print)9783030191146
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event15th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Duration: 1 May 20193 May 2019

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume552
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019
CountryTanzania, United Republic of
CityDar es Salaam
Period1/05/193/05/19

Keywords

  • Action research paradigm
  • Critical research
  • Network complexity theory
  • Principles for Digital Development

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