A socio-technical analysis of ICT investments in developing countries: A capability perspective

DASUKI, Salihu Ibrahim and ABBOTT, Pamela (2015). A socio-technical analysis of ICT investments in developing countries: A capability perspective. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 67 (1), 1-29.

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Most existing ICT for development (ICT4D) literature tends to focus mainly on design, transfer and implementation issues. There is limited focus on the impact of ICT projects on development and little concrete analysis of these initiatives in terms of their long-term developmental impact. In this paper, we draw upon Luke's (1974) concept of power and Sen's (1999) notion of capabilities as an evaluative space for ICT project assessment. The novel approach taken from Luke's concept of power with Sen's capability approach attempts to understand the social powers that may inhibit or enable individuals from taking full advantage of ICT resources for furtherance of their lives. The framework's utility is illustrated with a case study based on an empirical work in the Nigerian electricity sector. The combined framework and case study contribute to knowledge on the development of theory and informs practice by offering a novel approach to examining ICT-led developmental projects. The study concludes with some implications for policy makers advancing an agenda on “ICT for Development”.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1681-4835.2015.tb00484.x
Page Range: 1-29
Depositing User: Salihu Dasuki
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 10:03
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 15:31
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18557

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