Development informatics research and the challenges in representing the voice of developing country researchers: A South African view

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dc.contributor.author Van Biljon, Judy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-26T15:52:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-26T15:52:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016-11-15
dc.identifier.citation Van Biljon, J. (2016). Development informatics research and the challenges in representing the voice of developing country researchers: A South African view. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 18, 75-94. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21757 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/21757
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21757
dc.description.abstract Indigenous or local researchers from developing countries have not made a leading contribution to development informatics (DI) or information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D) research. This is noteworthy since these researchers should be in a prominent position to contribute to the discourse, where context knowledge is regarded as vital. Furthermore, a dependence on foreign scholarly direction can create a gap between research and reality in a way that affects the success of ICT programmes in African countries. Extant literature highlights this problem, but most studies stop short of considering the causes and proposing how to amplify the voice of developing country researchers. This paper documents the ICT4D/DI research discourse that took place during four seminal academic events in South Africa during the period 2012 to 2015. Those discussions are presented and analysed here to contribute to the wider discourse on ICT research and practice in developing countries, with the aim of enhancing the research contribution of developing countries. An interpretivist, involved researcher analysis of the workshop reports is conducted to gain an improved understanding of the South African ICT4D/DI researcher’s challenges to proportional participation. While this study takes a South African perspective, many of the findings could apply to researchers in other developing countries. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.subject development informatics, ICT4D, research participation, challenges en_ZA
dc.title Development informatics research and the challenges in representing the voice of developing country researchers: A South African view en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 18 en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CA2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 94 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 18 en_ZA
dc.description.url www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 75 en_ZA


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