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A Framework to Explain the Relation Between ICT and Development: Combining Affordances and the Capability Approach
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
2019 (English)In: ICT4D 2019: Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. Proceedings, Part II / [ed] Nielsen P., Kimaro, H., Springer, 2019, p. 60-71Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we suggest a framework to better explain the relation between ICT and development. The framework combines two theories: The Capability Approach and Affordances. The capability approach defines development as freedom of choice; and the affordances explains the relational aspects of people and technology. These two theories complement each other by connecting the means (technology) to the ends (development). A case study of ICT and study-circle education in rural areas of Kenya is used to illustrate the framework. Using the framework, the study revealed how actualization of affordances of internet-cafe enhanced income capabilities of marginalized people; however, at the same time, shows perception and actualization of affordances were contingent on the availability of resources, skills, socio-cultural norms, and infrastructure.

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Springer, 2019. p. 60-71
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IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238, E-ISSN 1868-422X ; 552
Keywords [en]
Affordances, Capability approach, ICT4D, Education, Kenya
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-73986DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-19115-3_6ISBN: 978-3-030-19114-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-19115-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-73986DiVA, id: diva2:1313041
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The 15th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (IFIP WG 9.4), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1-3, 2019
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-05-02Bibliographically approved

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