ICT4D in Women Empowerment Projects

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by Laura Saxer

We have read about many ICT4D related projects with the aim to educate and empower women. Often, you can read about such ambitious projects, addressing a wide range of gender issues in a certain development context and intending to solve them all through implementing ICTs. That’s prior to the projects’ realisations.

And then? How many of you have read about a good practice example where the goals of the project have actually been met?

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What is Community?

This site is an exercise in definition and access.

What defines a community?

In the world of ComDev must community always refer to the developing or rural world?

How much broader, or narrower, does the definition become in a physical sense when considering online spaces and virtual communities?

How does access to the Internet affect the definition of virtual communities today?

How can we expand virtual communities to become more inclusive and representative of glocal voices, including physical communities that may be disadvantaged due to geographical location, access to technology or language?

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