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Global Development and ICT for Building Civil Societies in Developing Countries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Universal Child Welfare Foundation (UCWF), , .
2011 (English)In: IDIA 2011 Conference, Melbourne, Auatralia: School of IT, Monash University , 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Global development has the mission to promote social change and renewal in developing countries on a scientific basis. The leading idea behind global development is to combine social changes in civil societies with economic growth and environmental (ecological) issues in order to achieve better life conditions for poor people. The main focus here is to study the relationship between needy children and exposed mothers as a target group. The purpose is to design and apply new and innovative concepts for creating five “good circles” for society building in developing countries: distinctive culture, strong identity, support oneself, organic way of living and active learning. A specific objective is to set-up professional training spaces, called Community Children Academy Spaces (CAS), based on learning workshops, modern therapy forms and outdoor activities as well as the professional use of ICT tools for the children and their mothers. Children in general are very excited and amused by working with computers! This is the main argument for setting up special ICT spaces for needy children together with their mothers. An essential outcome of ICT spaces is also to give mothers possibilities through digital media to find new job opportunities so that they can take professional care of themselves and their children. The research is done as an integrated work between concept development (theory) and field work at site (practice). The main research contribution is a new approach for managing global development for society building in poor countries based on a systems thinking and multidisciplinary research. This approach is complemented with a visibility model for project assessment based on outcome mapping. The paper will reflect on how global development and development informatics will work for needy children and their exposed mothers based on some theoretical approaches and on-going case studies.

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Melbourne, Auatralia: School of IT, Monash University , 2011.
Keyword [en]
Global development, ICT spaces, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), needy children, project assessment, social change, society building, special education, systems approach
Keyword [sv]
Global utveckling, ICT utrymmen, millenniemål, nödlidande barn, pojektutvärdering, social förändring, samhällsbyggnad, specialutbildning, systemansats
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Information Science
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65056ISBN: 978-0-620-51717-1OAI: diva2:460729
Available from: 2011-12-01 Created: 2011-12-01

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