Circling the point: from ICT4D to Web 2.0 and back again

Author: Esterhuysen, Anriette

Source: Participatory Learning and Action, Volume 59, Number 1, June 2009 , pp. 80-86(7)

Publisher: IIED - Participatory Learning and Action

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Anriette Esterhuysen explores the lessons learnt from the information communication technologies for development (ICT4D) paradigm shift to Web2forDev. ICT4D helped to mainstream ICTs into development thinking and highlight issues of access and connectivity in the developing world. However, ICT4D was mostly driven by technology hype and a narrow approach to how we use the tools. In contrast, Web 2.0 tools have a stronger focus on social and decentralised networking rather than strategic implementation. Yet key issues remain: access, connectivity, capacity-building, literacy and language. Esterhuysen argues the need to holistically appropriate, adapt and integrate these technologies in our work with people, information and technology.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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