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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Gxulwana, Buzwe Clifford
Email buzwegxulwana@gmail.com
URN etd-02072011-201155
Document Title Towards understanding the difficulties and concerns of deep rural communities in South Africa and the effect they have on community engagement in ICT4D
Degree MIT
Department Informatics
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Mr K Krauss Committee Chair
Keywords
  • rural development
  • international development
  • ICT4D
  • social exclusion
Date 2011-04-13
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The contextualisation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in development attracts ample research interest in the field of ICT for Development (ICT4D). This study focuses on exploring the perspectives from which deep rural communities define development. In addition, this study seeks to understand the issues facing deep rural communities, as well as the effect that these issues have on community engagement in ICT4D initiatives. The core problem being considered is the differing views about the meaning of development as understood by the intended beneficiaries of development initiatives, compared to that which those working to develop deep rural communities hold. Furthermore, the role of ICT in development is also examined, with primary criticisms levelled against its use considered. In an attempt to understand these ideas, interpretive case study research is used and qualitative techniques applied to analyse data from the field work that was completed.

The results confirm the dominance of basic human needs and economic growth ideas as the basis from which the majority of poor people define development. Moreover, the study reveals that, deep rural communities share the same sentiments as with the so-called development ‘experts’ regarding the importance of ICT in facilitating development goals.

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Please cite as follows:

Gxulwana, BC 2010, Towards understanding the difficulties and concerns of deep rural communities in South Africa and the effect they have on community engagement in ICT4D, MIT mini-dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-02072011-201155 / >

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