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About

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).

Bio

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.

A Framework Using Institutional Analysis and the Capability Approach in ICT4D

Institutional theory and the capability approach have grown influential in development research and practice. Both theories offer analytical tools for interpreting and guiding information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) interventions. In this article, we propose an analytical framework that applies institutional theory and the capability approach in the domain of ICT4D. Using empirical evidence from a case study, we argue that there are benefits for both ICT4D-research and -practice of using the contrasting strengths of these analytical tools. A combined theoretical framework offers analytical and practical insights in terms of potential for stimulation (excitation) and degradation (inhibition) of development goals. The novel approach taken for combining institutional theory with the capability approach uses institutional theory to understand the social drivers that may inhibit or enable individuals from taking full advantage of ICT resources for furtherance of their lives. These social drivers could be overlooked when using any of the approaches in isolation. We also observe how enhanced capabilities can strengthen and develop institutions. In this article, we contribute a combined framework linking both theories and their attendant exciters and inhibitors. The framework’s utility is illustrated with a case study based on empirical work in the Ethiopian higher education sector. The combined framework and case study contribute to theory development and inform practice by offering a novel approach to analyzing ICT-led developmental interventions.

 

The full article is available for download here

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