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Deriving Engagement Protocols Within Community-Based Co-design Projects in Namibia

Abstract : Indigenous Knowledge (IK) is used by community members for survival in the rural context and to sustain their way of living. The procedures on how community members share their knowledge amongst themselves and with others are unique. Cultural practices communication protocols differ from mainstream research and technology development procedures. Thus appropriate community engagement is instrumental towards the success of technology co-design with communities. Co-design endeavors should be framed in consistent and harmonized partnerships between community members and researchers for mutual learning and benefit. However, this has not been formulated as an objective of many ICT endeavors with communities in the past. With a raising number of interaction challenges reported we are reviewing our own community design experiences and promoting the development of an engagement protocol.
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Gereon Kapuire, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Margot Brereton. Deriving Engagement Protocols Within Community-Based Co-design Projects in Namibia. 14th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (ICT4D), May 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. pp.381-393, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_32⟩. ⟨hal-01650118⟩

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