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A Framework for Understanding the Empowerment Effects of Telecentres on Rural Communities in Developing Countries

Abstract : This paper proposes a framework for understanding how individuals empowered by telecentres, in return, empower their rural communities. The issue is that although ICT4D projects such as telecentres are viewed as a vital way to foster social economic development, their effectiveness on reducing digital exclusion is continuously being questioned. This research suggests that the way telecentres users empower communities is key to understanding how communities can harness ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) to fight against digital exclusion. The study adopts qualitative research methods and targets two telecentres in Malawi. The study will help understand how individuals empowered by the use of ICTs such as telecentres can then empower members of their community. Hence, this study will provide insights of how ICTs can also become means to generate collective empowerment.
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Sellina Kapondera, Roberta Bernadi, Niki Panteli. A Framework for Understanding the Empowerment Effects of Telecentres on Rural Communities in Developing Countries. 15th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (ICT4D), May 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. pp.104-115, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-18400-1_9⟩. ⟨hal-02285298⟩

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