ICT4D in GHANA The role of conferencing projects for cultural exchange and development

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Publication 1-year master student thesis,D
Title ICT4D in GHANA The role of conferencing projects for cultural exchange and development
Author(s) Hunter, Jake ; Jonasson, Patrik
Date 2012
English abstract
We studied a live video conferencing project based in Ghana, because we wanted to determine whether this is one area where Information Communication Technology (ICT) can have an impact on communication for development. We also wanted to better understand whether live video conferencing is a viable way to go forward with Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and, if so, what benefits it has to offer. To complement the study, we also looked at two other NGOs which are also using similar technology and have a purpose similar to the WPD live video-conference program, which is to create a space for knowledge and cultural exchange with the help of ICT. The additional programs will add a complementary comparative dimension to the analysis of the case study of WPD. It is important to have these two projects in mind since they use two vastly different methods and can provide a reflective understanding on how WPD can move forward as they are in a transitional phase and are currently exploring different ways to develop the project, mainly involving changes in management structure and technology. We studied the WPD project with the complementary information from the other two projects from an academic perspective to document and analyze the outcomes in order to determine which good practices are available when undertaking similar initiatives. From a theoretical perspective, we analyze the projects using research related to participatory communication, the public sphere, and the digital divide. From a practical perspective, we again examine issues related to the digital divide and the growing influence of communications technologies companies due to public-private partnerships.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 60
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Development, ICT, ICT4D, video conferencing, Ghana, public-private partnerships, culture exchange, communication, digital divide, sustainability
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14123 (link to this page)

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