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Mar 15

The Gyandoot Experiment

By Charlotte Gunnarsson

Participation of people in development programs as well as the use and design of information systems (IS) have been stressed both by development theorists and IS researchers to boost efficiency of development programs and IS projects, separately. The theme of partaking becomes gradually important in the modern situation where development projects in third world countries are being included with ICTs, information and communication technologies, for example in the domain of e-governance (Krishna & Walsham, 2005; Bhatnagar & Schware, 2000; Warschauer, 2003a). The growing use of ICTs in developmental contexts is motivated by the intentions of refining and simplifying governance, indoctrinating transparency, and eliminating the historically present legacy of ineffective and immoral systems and governmental controls (Goswami, 2002; Singh, 1999). However, there are numerous contextual alterations in implicating ICTs in development-related applications as compared to in organizational situations within Western countries. Some important points of leavings include the focus on marginalized rural communities as end-beneficiaries, the repeated involvement of public sector governments, insufficient human resources capability, and the being of infrastructural restrictions including finances and technology. Continue reading →