Perceptions of the role of ICT on quality of life in rural communities in Uganda
2011 (English)In: Information Technology for Development, ISSN 0268-1102, E-ISSN 1554-0170, Vol. 17, no 1, 61-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The role of information and communication technology (ICT) in enabling various development goals including the millennium development goals and ultimately human development is no longer disputed. Emphasis is now being placed on optimizing ICT benefits on the quality of life (QoL) of people, especially in developing countries. To address this need, this paper reports a study that applied Sen’s capability approach to explore how individuals in rural communities in Uganda perceived the importance of ICT toward their QoL and how this perception influenced ICT adoption. It was established that while perception was inclined to social benefits, ICT uptake and use toward improved QoL is still limited. One reasonable conclusion is therefore that state and policymakers should adopt a pluralistic approach to ICT provision: one that does not only focus on availability and affordability, but also considers expanding people’s awareness and agency for development benefit. ICT investments otherwise have a high risk of being severely underutilized.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 17, no 1, 61-80 p.
ICT4D, Sen’s capability approach, quality of life, millennium development goals, rural communities
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-70563DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2010.511698ISI: 000299344200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-70563DiVA: diva2:482010