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Julian Bass is researching how communities adapt and use digital technologies. He has published findings in ICT for International Development, agile software development methodologies and socio-technical systems engineering (See Citation List).


Dr Bass is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at University of Salford, Co-Chair of the IFIP Working Group Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2017 and a Senior Editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC).


Julian was formerly secretary of the IFIP Working Group on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries.

Previously Dr Bass was the Higher Education IT Advisor at the Higher Education Strategy Centre (an agency of the Ministry of Education) in Ethiopia.

He co-authored and edited the national Computing Guidance Notes and Benchmark document now in use in the country.



The Contribution of ICT to Development

How Does ICT Contribute to Development?

When you consider that most schools in rural southern and eastern Africa do not have electricity, radio or telephone (and hence no Internet) access. For example, in Malawi, Lesotho, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda only 7% or less of rural schools have electricity (UNESCO, 2006). The adoption of ICTs has significant costs

"a lot of overt resources including a telecommunications infrastructure to provide network access, an electrical infrastructure to make the ICTs work, a skills infrastructure to keep all the technology working, money to buy or access the ICTs, and literacy skills to read the content" (see (Heeks, 1999), page 7).

Why should we bother with ICT for Development (or Development Informatics)? What advantages might technology bring to developing countries? Why should poor countries invest in technology?

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