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A Framework for Understanding the Link Between ICT and Development: How Affordances Influence Capabilities
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Information Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
University of Agder, Norway .
University of Agder, Norway .
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of SIG GlobDev Ninth Annual Workshop, Dublin, Ireland, December 11, 2016, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Understanding the role of ICT in development is at the core of the ICT4D field. However, while most agree that ICT do contribute to development, the question of how is still not fully explored. In this research-in-progress, we propose a framework that combines two theoretical lenses, the choice framework (that is based on the capability approach) and affordances, to increase our understanding of ICTs role in the development process. The capability approach considers development as freedoms for people to live the lives they have a reason to value. The affordance theory describes action possibilities allowed by material properties, thereby allowing the examination of how individuals explore material properties of information systems with the objective of enhancing their capabilities. We argue that, by combining the choice framework with affordances we can better explain the role of ICT in the development process, and explain how individuals’ agency and social structures influence their ability to perceive affordances in their interaction with the ICT.

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Keyword [en]
capability approach, choice framework, affordances, framework, ICT4D
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis, General Microdata Analysis - others
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23458OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23458DiVA: diva2:1049017
SIG GlobDev, Dublin, December 11 2016
Available from: 2016-11-23 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved

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