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Circling the point: from ICT4D to Web 2.0 and back again (PLA 59)

Anriette Esterhuysen

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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.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

Article in: PLA 59. Guest editors: Holly Ashley, Jon Corbett, Ben Garside and Giacomo Rambaldi. Published by IIED and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).

Keywords: Web 2.0, Web2forDev, ICT, ICT4D, mobile, Internet.

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  • IIED code: G02844
  • Published: Jun 2009 - IIED and CTA
  • Theme: Participation
  • Source pub: Participatory Learning and Action 59 Change at hand: Web 2.0 for development
  • Languages: English, français

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