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The Kenyan 'Digital Villages Project' from a behavioural perspective
Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
2011 (English)In: 2011 International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer), IEEE Computer Society Digital Library , 2011, 71-76 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This reflective paper sheds light on the Kenyan Government’s Digital Villages Project. The project strives to decrease the disparities between urban and rural environments across the country using information and communications technologies. The structure of the project is inspired by the Capability Maturity Model. This paper proposes the use of behavioural archaeology instead. The use of behavioural archaeology enables important aspects and results of the project to be illuminated and captured. In addition a specific focus is placed upon the political implications of the project and their effect on rural Kenya.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE Computer Society Digital Library , 2011. 71-76 p.
Keyword [en]
behavioural archaeology, CMM, telecentre, models
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-1843DOI: 10.1109/ICTer.2011.6075029ISBN: 978-1-4577-1113-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-1843DiVA: diva2:813022
Conference
2011 International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer), 1-2 Sept. 2011, Colombo
Available from: 2011-10-20 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2015-05-21Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Lifelong learning: The social impact of digital villages as community resource centres on disadvantaged women
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lifelong learning: The social impact of digital villages as community resource centres on disadvantaged women
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this research was to enhance the understanding of what affects the social impact of ICT in lifelong learning on disadvantaged women.

In contributing to the field of social informatics, this research employs behavioural theories as strategy and analytic possibilities. This research mainly used the Kenyan digital villages as CRCs as settings but did also look beyond such establishments to provide a more solid picture. The studies were located in Kenya with complementary studies in Bolivia, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, and Sweden. The main strategies and methods used were case study, comparative education approaches, and observations and interviewing techniques.

The findings suggest that ICT and CRCs have the potential to support disadvantaged women and their lifelong learning. However, the positive social impacts are limited because the arrangement of them generally does not favour vernacular languages, illiterate users, female owners and users, or non-students. In general, the use of ICT was sometimes perceived as forced, which is both a barrier and a stressor in the use of ICT in lifelong learning. It also emerged from the comparative studies that discussions among the participants in the CRCs largely covered issues in respect to 1) family and reproduction and 2) self-esteem, i.e. what settles the matter of the social impact of ICT in lifelong learning depends on change attitude among men and women. With minimal if not zero self-esteem a change that would make the difference or break a woman’s “legendary status quo” in order for a woman to feel that she can reach her goal or ambitions in lifelong learning would be difficult. Hence the lack of self-esteem is a stressor in itself.

This research is valuable for stakeholders delving into issues of development and learning using ICTs, not only in Kenya but in a broader, global perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2014. 152 p.
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 14-007
Keyword
community resource centre, digital village, disadvantaged women, lifelong learning, social change, social impact, social informatics, stressor, telecentre
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-1842 (URN)978-91-7447-879-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-05, sal A, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, 13:00 (English)
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Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 6: Submitted.

Available from: 2015-05-21 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2015-05-21Bibliographically approved

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