ICT Use in the Context of Electricity Access in a Developing Country: A Choice Framework Analysis

  • Arlene BaileyEmail author
  • Aldrie Henry-Lee
  • Yhanore Johnson-Coke
  • Richard Leach
  • Anthony Clayton
  • Matt Gee
  • Oliver Browne
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 551)


With increasing focus on achieving energy access for all by 2030, and working towards the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 7, there is further interest in the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This paper explores the ways in which ICTs are used in the context of initiatives to support electricity access in urban and peri-urban communities in a developing country, Jamaica. A survey of 2,082 households and focus group discussions in 10 communities, along with interviews with key stakeholders, support the data collection for the study. Kleine’s Choice Framework, which operationalises Sen’s capability approach, is used to analyse individual and collective choices related to ICTs and electricity access, and the associated development outcomes. Implications for research, policy and practice are discussed.


ICTs Electricity Energy access Choice Framework Sustainable development SDGs 



We thank all participants and stakeholders in the study. This paper is part of a larger research project, and the financial and technical support by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is gratefully acknowledged. ESMAP—a global knowledge and technical assistance programme administered by the World Bank—assists low- and middle-income countries to increase their know-how and institutional capacity to achieve environmentally sustainable energy solutions for poverty reduction and economic growth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arlene Bailey
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aldrie Henry-Lee
    • 1
  • Yhanore Johnson-Coke
    • 1
  • Richard Leach
    • 1
  • Anthony Clayton
    • 1
  • Matt Gee
    • 2
  • Oliver Browne
    • 2
  1. 1.Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic StudiesThe University of the West IndiesMonaJamaica
  2. 2.Centre for Data Science and Public PolicyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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