An exploration of the categories associated with ICT project sustainability in rural areas of developing countries: a case study of the Dwesa project

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2006-10

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Association for Computing Machinery

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Conference

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Yes

Abstract

Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) play a significant role in enhancing rural development in developing countries. However, rural ICT projects are confronted with challenges that result in projects that are not sustainable, or fail altogether. These challenges include access to infrastructure, limited formal education, insufficient training and capacity building, financial and political constraints, and social and cultural challenges. Sustainability is key to the effectiveness of a rural ICT project, therefore it is important to understand the concept and categories associated with ICT project sustainability in rural areas. The categories are social and cultural, institutional, economic, political, and technological sustainability. An exploration of the categories of sustainability is undertaken on an ICT project in rural Dwesa.

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information communication technologies (ICT), sustainability, rural development, rural, project failure, social, cultural, political

Citation

Pade, C., Mallinson, B. and Sewry, D. (2006) An exploration of the categories associated with ICT project sustainability in rural areas of developing countries: a case study of the Dwesa project. In Proceedings of the 2006 annual research conference of the South African institute of computer scientists and information technologists on IT research in developing countries (SAICSIT ’06). South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists, ZAF, pp. 100–106

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Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)