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The Role of Local Bricoleurs in Sustaining Changing ICT4D Solutions

  • Elisabeth FruijtierEmail author
  • Wilfred Senyoni
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 933)

Abstract

This paper problematizes the way ICT4D projects are rarely equipped to anticipate for the longitudinal and organic nature of ICT4D processes. As such, it aims to explore how these ever-evolving processes may be met with adaptive solutions that are responsive to their changing environments. Our analysis concentrated on uncovering the change processes of a particularly successful ICT4D implementation over time. Based on these findings, we developed a process perspective of bricolage-driven change in ICT4D in which bricolage practices move through 3 different stages we identify to be ‘opportunity based’, ‘locally owned’ and ‘locally driven’ in nature. These insights are aimed at aiding researchers as well as practitioners in the ICT4D domain in the implementation of long term ICT4D solutions.

Keywords

ICT4D Bricolage Sustainability Change 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We wish to express our appreciation to the UDSM TZ team for their support and cooperation during the data collection period. We hope this paper will highlight their tremendous efforts in managing and maintaining the national system, and offer a source of inspiration for other HISP groups in the DHIS2 community.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

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