Long Lamai, a case study of a smart village

The following is an excerpt from the recently published post “It is not a village but people: Long Lamai, a case study of a smart village” on the e4sv.org website (September 15th, 2016) by Tariq Zaman, University of Malaysia Sarawak. Excerpt Long Lamai is a Penan village in upper Baram, […]

What is Community Informatics (and Why Does It Matter)?

Community Informatics (CI) is the application of information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enable community processes and the achievement of community objectives. CI goes beyond the “Digital Divide” to making ICT access usable and useful to excluded populations and communities for local economic development, social justice, and political empowerment. CI […]

Impact assessment of ICT-for-development projects: a compendium of approaches

Billions of US dollars are invested each year by the public, NGO and private sectors in information-and-communication-technologies-for-development (ICT4D) projects such as telecentres, village phone schemes, e-health and e-education projects, egovernment kiosks, etc. Yet we have very little sense of the effect of that investment. Put simply, there is far too […]

Community memory and ICT in a developing economy

Abstract The implementation of ICT in Africa pales in comparison with developed economies. Data of the use of landline phones, cellular phones and internet connectivity indicates that the most equipped African countries, of which there are only a handful, are worse off than the poorly connected countries in developed regions […]

Telecentre Replication Initiative in Borneo, Malaysia: The CoERI Experience

Abstract There are many bridging-the-digital-divide initiatives implemented by various government agencies and non-governmental organisations throughout the world. Numerous studies have been conducted to identify the critical success factors in providing remote and rural communities equitable access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Malaysia has its fair share of successes and […]

TelecentresAfrica

TelecentresAfrica is an initiative launched by CTA and InfoBridge Foundation in support to rural community service delivery in Africa including telecentres and community radios. The programe is open to all stakeholders interested in promoting and implementing ICT4D projects for the development of rural communities in Africa. Within the context of […]

TelecentresAfrica

TelecentresAfrica is an initiative launched by CTA and InfoBridge Foundation in support to the telecentre movement in Africa. The programe is open to all stakeholders interested in promoting and implementing ICT4D projects for the development of rural communities in Africa. Within the context of the global knowledge economy, telecentres have […]

Telecentre.org

Telecentre.org is a global community of people and organizations committed to increasing the social and economic impact of grassroots telecentres. Working together, we provide the resources that telecentres need to succeed: locally relevant content and services, support and learning opportunities, and networks that help telecentre activists connect to each other. […]

The Complexities of Community Participation in ICT for Development Projects: the Case of “Our Voices”

Community participation is often suggested as a means to a relevant, contextual rural information system (such as a telecentre). Yet, the ICT for development field has much to learn from development literature on the complexities of community participation. We first review the critical literature on participation in development and then […]

Data Inclusion Projects in Developing Countries: Processes of Institutionalisation

This paper concerns digital inclusion projects in developing countries and, in particular, focuses on processes of institutionalisation of such projects. Three case studies are described and analysed. The first is the Akshaya telecentre project in the state of Kerala in India. The second is a community-based ICT project in a […]