Getting from research to practice in M4D

DEARDEN, Andy, LIGHT, Ann, KANAGWA, Benjamin and RAI, Idris (2010). Getting from research to practice in M4D. In: SVENSSON, Jakob and WICANDER, Gudrun, (eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication Technology for Development : M4D 2010, 10-11 November 2010, Kampala, Uganda. Karlstadt University, 259-262.

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Abstract

In this paper we argue that, if technical M4D research is going to contribute positively to development, the activities of specialized, highly paid ‘researchers’ must be combined with skilled contributions from many other actors. In particular, there is a critical need to develop the capacity available in development organizations, community based organizations, and in local economies, to innovate and to adapt technologies to support their objectives. This suggests that the methods that we adopt in research and in design should be open to local appropriation and contribute to capacity building, and that education programmes are needed in developing countries to support the broader processes of innovation.

We describe the Mobile Innovation & Enterprise partnership, which is working to develop the innovation capacity available in Uganda.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 05 May 2011 09:57
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2015 15:12
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3537

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