How do technologists do “ICT for development”? A contextualised perspective on ICT4D in South Africa

Abubakre, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-5481-1149 and Mkansi, M., 2022. How do technologists do “ICT for development”? A contextualised perspective on ICT4D in South Africa. European Journal of Information Systems, 31 (1), pp. 7-24. ISSN 0960-085X

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We take a layered approach to contextualise Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) to understand digital technologists’ motivations to implement technologies to address socio-economic issues based on their capabilities and kinship affiliations. We adopt an interpretive approach to conducting an inductive qualitative study of digital technologists based in South Africa. We propose three mechanisms (emotional connectedness, user-centred technologies, and symbiotic relations) through which digital technologists undertake ICT4D to exercise their agency and enhance the socio-economic well-being of disadvantaged members of society. Taking the kinship perspective and capability approach as underlying motivations for undertaking ICT4D projects allows us to contribute to the ICT4D literature.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Information Systems
Creators: Abubakre, M. and Mkansi, M.
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date: 2022
Volume: 31
Number: 1
ISSN: 0960-085X
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 10 Feb 2022 10:57
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 10:57

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